Christina Ondrus is an artist whose work wanders a liminal space where science, philosophy and mysticism seek to understand perception, phenomena, and our place in the universe. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and was a 2010 artist fellow with the Terra Foundation for American Art. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout Los Angeles, including shows at JOAN, AWHRHWAR, Monte Vista Projects, Machine Project, Artist Curated Projects, Public Fiction, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, among others. Her projects have been featured in The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Artforum, Art 21 Blog, Artbound, Frieze, Hyperallergic, New American Paintings, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly.
Christina is also the founding director of KNOWLEDGES, a curatorial initiative that has produced two site-specific exhibitions at Mount Wilson Observatory. First in 2012, then again in 2017, KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory presents a constellation of cosmic-oriented contemporary artwork and performances on the grounds of the historic astronomical observatory located in the San Gabriel Mountains, outside Los Angeles. The 2017 exhibition was made possible with the support of a grant from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.
Born: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, 2009
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2000
AICAD New York Studio Program, New York, NY, 1999
1/1/1 (No Beginning No End), AWHRHWAR, Los Angeles, CA
In the Shadow of the Invisible, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Receptive Visualizations, D-301 Gallery, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Selected Group Exhibitions:
Manifesto: A Modest Proposal, Pitzer College Galleries, Claremont, CA
More Light, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA
Modern Oracles, Trestle Project, Brooklyn, NY
Peak Experiences, Shangri-La, Joshua Tree, CA
God Will Not Have His Work Made Manifest By Cowards, Light & Wire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA
Tapping the Third Realm, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Intertextual States, PØST, Los Angeles, CA
The Archaic Revival, Zic Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Big City Forum: The Hub: Soo Kim, Siri Kaur and Christina Ondrus, WUHO Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles, CA
Neoteric. M. Edmunds Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Library of Sacred Technologies (L.o.S.T.), Public Fiction, Highland Park, CA
The Open Daybook Project. Los Angeles Contemporaray Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA
Inscription. Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Ateliers Portes Ouvertes. Terra Foundation, Giverny, France
10 Summer Hits. Blythe Projects. Culver City, CA
Shock and Awe, Gatov Galleries, California State University, Long Beach, CA
Under the Auspices: New Works by Kiki Johnson & Christina Ondrus, Gallery 1927, Los Angeles, CA
Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition, CSULB Galleries, Long Beach, CA
MFA Conversations II, I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Why Theory, Spring Arts Tower, Los Angeles, CA
Taphomancy, Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles, CA
CAA Los Angeles MFA Exhibition, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Mid-Residence Exhibition, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Painting’s Edge 2008, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Group Exhibition: Painting’s Edge 2008, Parks Exhibition Center, Idyllwild, CA
The Receptive Perspective, Mint Gallery, California Institute of the Arts. Valencia, CA
Awards, Fellowships and Grants:
Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, 2016
Terra Foundation for American Art, 2010
California Institute of the Arts Alumni Association Grant, 2009
Project Grant, Student Council, California Institute of the Arts, 2009
Dean’s Fund Grant, School of Art, California Institute of the Arts, 2008, 2009
CalArts Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, 2008-09
Richard C. Seaver Scholarship, California Institute of the Arts, 2007-08
MICA Achievement Award, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1999-2000
Academic Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1996-2000
Presidential Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1996-2000
”Check Out Christina Ondrus’ Artwork,” Voyage LA, April 1, 2019.
"Bad and Good Times in LA: A Year of Protest and Performance in Los Angeles," Hedi El Kholti, Frieze, December 31, 2017.
Diehl, Travis, "Cosmic Thing," Artforum, August 4, 2017.
Stromberg, Matthew, "From Cybernetics to Museology, a Series of Talks and Performances Links Art and Science." Hyperallergic, July 5, 2017.
Miranda, Carolina A., "Where the Stars and Art Align," Los Angeles Times, June 3, 2017, p.E5 (print edition and online).
Wagley, Catherine, "5 Art Shows to See in L.A. This Week," LA Weekly, May 31, 2017 (online and in print).
Stromberg, Matthew, "Art and Astronomy Star in a Festival at Mount Wilson Observatory," Hyperallergic, May 31, 2017.
Dacheux, Stacy Elaine, "A Series of Abductions, or Motherhood As an Elsewhere Place," Pastelgram, 2017.
Mathew Timmons & Ben White, Interview, Insert Blanc Press, The People on KCHUNG, September 15, 2013.
Betty Brown, "Tapping Into the Third Realm", ArtScene, November 2013, 17.
Leslie Dick & Adriano Pedrosa (ed.), A List of Students Enrolled in Post Studio Art with Michael Asher at CalArts, 1976-2008, Golden Spike Press, 2013, 113, 131.
Leonardo Bravo, "Big City Forum: The Hub at WUHO: Soo Kim, Siri Kaur and Christina Ondrus," KCET Artbound, October 22, 2012.
Steffie Nelson, “Seeing Stars: Knowledges Brought a New Form of Observation to Mount Wilson,” Pasadena Magazine, August 2012, 77-80.
Jonathan Griffin, “KNOWLEDGES at Mount Wilson Observatory,” Frieze Magazine Blog, July 6, 2012.
Aparna Bakhle-Ellis, “Cosmic Knowledges: Site-Specific Art at Mount Wilson Observatory,” Fabrik Magazine, Issue 17, Summer 2012, 76-85.
Armando Aceves, “KNOWLEDGES Exhibit to Explore New Frontiers Around Mount Wilson Observatory This Weekend,” 89.3 KPCC, Jun 23, 2012.
Margaret Wappler, “Astral Oriented Art Installations Expand 'Knowledges' at Mt. Wilson Observatory,” KCET Artbound, June 22, 2012.
Christine N. Ziemba, “CalArts Alumni, Faculty Make Art at Mount Wilson Observatory this Weekend,” 24700 Blog, June 22, 2012.
Shana Nys Dambrot, “Knowledges Is Power,” LA Weekly, Jun 21 2012, 27.
Catherine Wagley, “Five Artsy Things to Do This Week,” LA Weekly, June 20, 2012, 34.
Monica Elayne, Interview, GYST Radio, Christina Ondrus and Elleni Sclavenitis, May 22, 2012.
John Hogan, “Eyes In the Sky,” Art 21 Blog, May 18, 2012.
Zak Stone, "Community Arts Organizers Get Their Bailout Money," GOOD Magazine, December 2011.
Rebecca Leib, “10 Summer Hits,” Art Ltd. Magazine, September/October, 2010, 22.
New American Paintings, Volume 85, Dec. 2009 / Jan. 2010, Juror: Dominic Molon, MCA, Chicago.
Bryan Allen Moore, “The Reverie of Evaluation.” Greater Los Angeles MFA Exhibition, Catalogue, August 2009, 20-23.
Artist Project: All-Encompassing, X-TRA, Volume/Issue 17.2, Los Angeles, CA, Winter 2015.
An Invisible Way: A Synchronous Journey, Knoweth, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.
The Archaic Revival Review, Dani Tull and Ewould van Rijn, (ed), PrintRoom, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2013.
Adrift in a Sea of Stars, Sneaky Snake, Invisible Solid Publishing Corp., Los Angeles, CA, 2012/13 *edition of 25 handmade album covers.
The Open Daybook Project, David P. Earle, (ed.), Mark Batty Publisher, NYC, 2010, December 21.
Why Theory, Catalogue, Los Angeles, CA, June 2009, 90.
“Iceberg As Signifier of the Environmental Epoch.” Mystical Materialist, 2008.
“Implications of Art, Creativity, and Object in a Capitalistic Society.” Mystical Materialist, 2007.
Result, K-D-P Productions, Chicago, IL, May 2001.
Artist Lectures and Symposia:
Free Radicals, ArtCenter College of Design, 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), 2014
Center for Integrated Media at CalArts, 2012
Cérisy, Les Colloquies, Cerisy-la-Salle, France, 2010
Terra Foundatation, Giverny, France 2010
Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA, 2009
I-5 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2009
Terra Summer Residency Fellow, Giverny, France, June-August 2010
Painting’s Edge, Idyllwild, CA, Summer 2008
KNOWLEDGES, Founder, Director, 2011-present
Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS), Associate Director, 2013-2017
Painting Beyond Sight: Becoming Visionary, California Institute of the Arts, 2012
California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), Valencia, CA, 2008, 2009