Lucky Dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active as a band since 2000, they are known for their participatory approach to making music, their radically inclusive live shows, and their playfully humanistic use of digital tools. The name Lucky Dragons is borrowed from a fishing vessel that was caught in the fallout from H-bomb tests in the mid-1950s, an incident which sparked international outcry and gave birth to the worldwide anti-nuclear movement. Fischbeck and Rara have presented collaborative work in a wide variety of contexts, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), the Centre Georges Pompidou, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, London's Institute for Contemporary Art, The Kitchen and PS1 in New York, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, MOCA Los Angeles, the 54th Venice Biennale, and the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, among others.
Nina Katchadourian works across various media—including photography, sculpture, video and sound—incorporating playful juxtaposition and smart conceptual twists to provoke us to re-see everyday natural and cultural phenomena.
Her Exploratorium residency focuses on her experience as a test subject in the now-famous Marshmallow Test conducted by Dr. Walter Mischel in the early 1970s. In the study, kids who managed to sit at a table with a marshmallow and not eat it while briefly left alone were rewarded with a second marshmallow. Originally investigating the capacity for delayed gratification in children, the experiment transformed into a much more complex study about the qualities that appear to have a significant impact on a person’s long-term success and decision-making.
Katchadourian’s experience as a test subject, and memories about the choices she believes she made, has been a life-long preoccupation. Since the study is longitudinal, she is still a subject in the test, and answers questionnaires sent by the researchers every few years as part of their continued research.
The Exploratorium's laboratory-like environment and new “social behavior” initiative make for a uniquely suited backdrop to explore the personal and scientific histories of the study. Katchadourian will conduct related research on and off site and will propose an artwork to be realized at the museum in 2015.
Katchadourian's work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at PS1/MoMA, the Serpentine Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Turner Contemporary, Artists Space, SculptureCenter, the Palais de Tokyo, and De Appel. In June 2006, the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs exhibited a ten-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presented a solo show of recent video installation works in July 2008. In February 2010, she was the Artist in Residence at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery in Dunedin, New Zealand, which culminated in a solo show entitled Seat Assignment. She recently completed work on a prize-winning permanent public piece, Grand State of Maine, commissioned by the GSA for a border-crossing station between the United States and Canada. In April 2013, the monograph Sorted Books was published by Chronicle Books on the 20-year anniversary of Katchadourian's Sorted Books project. In Fall 2016, a touring solo museum show of Katchadourian’s work will open at the Blanton Museum in Austin, Texas. Katchadourian is on the faculty at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is represented by Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco.
Born in New Orleans in 1982, Zarouhie Abdalian received a BA from Tulane University in 2003 and an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2010. Abdalian often makes site-oriented installations and sculptures that address the material and social conditions under which they become art. She has had solo exhibitions at Dillard University Art Gallery in New Orleans, in 2007, and at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, in 2013. In 2008 she created a permanent light installation for the Philadelphia Cathedral. Her work has been included in international and national exhibitions, including Untitled (12th Biennial), 2011; Material Information, Kunstindustrie Museum, Bergen, Norway, 2012; Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, 2012; and Shanghai Biennale: Reactivation, 2012. Other venues in which her work has appeared include Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 2010; ProArts Gallery, Oakland, 2010; Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France, 2011; The Lab, San Francisco, 2011; MacArthur B Arthur, Oakland, 2011; New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2011; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, 2012; Krowswork, Oakland, 2012; South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2012; Altman Siegel, San Francisco, 2013; and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2013. She has also participated in the independent curatorial projects SC13, San Francisco, 2010, and Mission Afterviews, San Francisco, 2012. In 2014 Abdalian will participate in several international exhibitions and will present a solo exhibition at Altman Siegel, San Francisco.