b. 1969, lives/works in Washington DC
James Huckenpahler is an artist, educator, curator and lifelong Washingtonian. His laptop is his studio, and his practice firmly grounded in the digital realm. While contemporary technologies are generally considered a boon, his work encourages a critical assessment of the ways those tools can also limit our creative choices. He has taught extensively at The Corcoran School of Art and at George Washington University, encouraging his students and broader audiences to consider the ways in which off-the-shelf technology might be used other than the manufacturers intent, and even—echoing DC’s tradition of punk DIY—to build one’s own tools. His work is represented in Washington DC by Hemphill Fine Arts. He has been a member of FURTHERMORE, a research and development lab for visual culture and for sustainable art communities, a fellow of Provisions Research Library, and on the advisory board of Transformer, non-profit, artist-centered organization that connects and promotes emerging artists locally, nationally and internationally.
Feature-length Painting, House Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
Mindless Pleasures, Hemphill, Washington, DC
Places I’ve Never/Always Been, Fusebox, Washington, DC
Age of Loneliness, Fusebox, Washington, DC
TRADE, Marilyn Kiang Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Selected Group Exhibitions
STRETCH, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston VA
Future Past: Experiments in Photography, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC
CMD+F, Hemphill, Washington, DC
Deep Flash: Art and Transformation, VisArts, Rockville, MD
The Hand Print Workshop: Twenty Years of Partnership in Print, Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
Local Legends, VisArts, Rockville, MD;
Phantom Practices, Revolve, Asheville, NC
The Wall in Our Head, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
Flock, Revolve, Asheville, NC
(re)activate, Hamiltonian Gallery, Washington, DC
Art as Research, George Mason University, Fairfax VA
Give and Take, Ashville Area Arts Council, Ashville, NC
The Wall in Our Head, Goethe Institut, Washington, DC
Artist-Citizen, Hemphill, Washington, DC
COLLECTIVE SHOW, Neter Artspace, Mexico DF
Manufactured Reality, Barry Gallery, Marymount College, Arlington, VA
Parks & Passages, The Goethe Institut, Washington, DC
The Final Girl, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Project Project, Anne Bondurant Trinkle Gallery, Roanoke, VA
Catalyst, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Quart Bag, Civilian, Washington, DC
Pattern Recognition, Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC
15 for Philip, Curator’s Office, Washington, DC 2007
Supple, Warehouse, Washington, DC
Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
A Summer Group, Charles Cowles Gallery, New York, NY
Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Align, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
Art on the Digital Edge, Academy Art Museum, Easton, MD
Situation Room, Boyden Gallery, St. Mary’s College, MD
Artpoint [in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach], Miami, Florida
Surfacing, 57N, Washington, DC
Selections, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD Team Fusebox, Fusebox, Washington, DC
Objects of Desire, David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC
Signal | Signal, Troyer Gallery, Washington, DC
Council Room: The Artist Heraldry Show, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA Hypersalon, Prints and Multiples, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Crosscurrents 98: Pure-view, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Fiction: Conditions for Creation, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Ten—the Corcoran School of Art Print Portfolio, Gallery K, Washington, DC
Art and Technology, Hodson Gallery, Hood College, Frederick, MD
Burn Time, Olshonski Gallery, Washington, DC and George Frazer Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Forgetting: A Performance/Installation [students in collaboration with Mel Chin], Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY and Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC
Instruction Manual, AFA Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Random Playlist, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
Beltway Public Works: Lending Library, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC (with Patrick McDonough, Natalie Campbell and José Ruiz)
Intersection Mixtape, public art project at Bates and North Capitol Streets, Washington, DC (with Patrick McDonough, Natalie Campbell and José Ruiz)
#GIFShop, Artist-Run Art Fair, Baltimore MD (with José Ruiz)
Mood Board, Furthermore, Washington DC (with José Ruiz)
Ceci N’est Pas Une T.V., George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
A Layered History, Furthermore, Washington DC (with José Ruiz)
McSAD, Furthermore, Washington DC (with José Ruiz and Patrick McDonough)
Peace, Love, Insurgency, Furthermore, Washington DC Personal Effects, Furthermore, Washington DC (with José Ruiz)
Meat & You, Strand on Volta, Washington, DC
Fiction: Conditions for Creation, WPA, Washington, DC
Rousseau, Claudia. “East City Art Reviews: CMD + F at Hemphill Fine Arts,” East City Art, July 30, 2018
The Wall in Our Heads: American Artists and the Berlin Wall, 2015, exhibition catalog
The Inscrutible Women of Pompeii, NC, 2013, self-published ‘zine
Feature Length Painting, 2012, self-published ‘zine
Van Tomme, Niels. “James Huckenpahler: Mindless PLeasures.” Extra, Summer 2008: 34.
Capps, Kriston. “Render Bender.” Washington City Paper, November 21, 2007
Mindless Pleasures, 2007, exhibition catalog
The 48th Corcoran Biennial: Closer to Home, 2005, exhibition catalog
O’Sullivan, Michael. “Transforming 14th Street.” Washington Post, September 24, 2004, Weekend Section 40.
O’Sullivan, Michael. “Digital Doings On the Eastern Shore.” Washington Post, March 14, 2003, Weekend Section 37.
Situation Room, 2003, exhibition catalog
Howell, George. “Reviews: Mid-Atlantic.” Art Papers Magazine, July/August 2002: 42.
Gopnik, Blake. “Here and Now.” Washington Post, March 31, 2002, sec. G:3. 2001
O’Sullivan, Michael. “Distinctive ‘Selections’.” Washington Post, December 14, 2001, Weekend Section 60.
Van Houten, Corinne. “James Huckenpahler.” Art Papers Magazine, November/December 2000: 35-36.
Cullum, Jerry. “Visual Arts.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 7, 2000, illus.
Feaster, Felicia. “Skin Trade.” Creative Loafing, July 5, 2000, illus.: 40.
O’Sullivan, Michael. “On Exhibit.” Washington Post, February 4, 2000, Weekend Section 24.
Protzman, Ferdinand. “Sending Strong Signals.” Washington Post, January 20, 2000, illus., sec. C: 5.
Signal | Signal, 2000, exhibition catalog
Fiction: Conditions for Creation, 1998, exhibition catalog
Armstead, Kenseth. “Race and Visual Representation.” Art Journal, Fall, 1998: 4.
Huckenpahler, James. “Cooks Smell Time” Articulate, Summer 1998: 6.
Related Professional Activities
Desktop, site-specific 2-channel video installation at Hemphill@1700L, Washington DC
Presenter, Ghosts in the Machine: Finding Craft in the Digital, at the photo+craft conference, Asheville, NC Presenter, Seventh Annual New Media Caucus Showcase, at CAA Conference, Washington DC
Partner, Furthermore, LLC, Washington, DC
Residency, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
Residency, Provisions Library, Washington, DC
Fellow, Provisions Library, Washington, DC
Video projection design, “Thicker Than Water,” Warehouse, Washington, DC
Video projection design, “The Marriage of Bette and Boo,” Black Box Theater, Takoma Park, MD
Video projection design, “Dark Rapture,” Black Box Theater, Takoma Park, MD
Fellowship, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities
Visting artist, University of Illinois at The Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art, Washington, DC
Visiting artist, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC
Blogger, Covert City
Contributor, Artists Unite
Visiting artist, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC
Panelist, Baltimore/DC Arts Forum, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
Artist-in-residence, St. Mary’s College, St. Mary’s, MD
Advisory Board, Transformer, Washington, DC
Participant, Project One Porfolio, Hand Print Workshop International, Alexandria, VA
Panelist, Washington Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Blogger-in-chief, 5 Things
Advisory Board Member, Washington Project for the Arts\Corcoran, Washington, DC; Chair, Programming Committee, 2001-2002
Thesis Advisor, Curatorial Practice, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD.
Lecturer in Art, Department of Fine Arts and Art History, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Visiting Faculty, Fine Art Department, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s, MD
Instructor, Computer Graphics Department, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD
Instructor, Computer Graphics Department, Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC Education 1990 B.F.A., Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC