Biography: John C. Goss

Raised in Hawaii, and living in Asia/Pacific for more than two decades,
this American artist works collaboratively and individually
on projects using traditional and electronic media.
A past recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
his multi-media work has graced the cover of TIME magazine
and his fine art and photography have been exhibited around the world.
He continues to design, write, photograph,
and manage small and large-scale projects
coordinating technologies and creative talents.

Birth Date: Oct 21, 1958
Birth Place: Germany
Nationality: USA


Education

1984

  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts

1981-82

  • University of California, San Diego

1981

  • BFA Summa Cum Laude, Northern Illinois University


Awards and Honors

1998

  • Herb Alpert Award in the Arts 1998-1999 nominee

1989

  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Art Matters grant

1988

  • LACE Grant for Interdisciplinary Artists from the Rockefeller Foundation and the NEA


1983

  • Lew and Edie Wasserman Scholarship


Exhibitions

2011

  • Desert Mod exhibition at Swank Modern Design, Palm Springs
  • group exhibition, Savage Gallery, Palm Springs

2010

2006

  • "The Way of Light" solo exhibition at Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok

2005

  • "Sacred Path" solo exhibition at Bolivar Gallery, Santa Monica

2005

  • "The Way of Light" two-man show with photographer Ed Heckerman at Bolivar Gallery, Santa Monica
  • "Sacred Realm" solo exhibition at the Four Seasons, Bangkok

2004

  • "Very Thai Images" with Philip-Cornwel-Smith at the Jim Thompson House, Bangkok

1993

  • "Flowing Forest, Burning Hearts" with Tan Peng at Substation, Singapore

1989

1986

  • "Personal Artifice" solo exhibition, LACE, Los Angeles


Performances

1992

  • HIGHWAYS, Santa Monica

1990

  • HIGHWAYS, Santa Monica
  • Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery

1989

  • "Rags to Riches" Los Angeles
  • HIGHWAYS, Santa Monica
  • Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1987

  • Randolf Street Gallery, Chicago

1986

  • Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
  • Kinetikos' 7th Annual Choreographer's Showcase, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles
  • Downtown Dance Center, Los Angeles

1985

  • Fringe Theater Festival, Downtown Dance Center, Los Angeles
  • Lhasa Club, Los Angeles
  • Foundation for Art Resouces, Los Angeles
  • Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
  • A Different Light, Los Angeles

1984

  • Sushi, San Diego
  • Morgan Wixson Theater, Santa Monica
  • California Institute of the Arts

1983

  • Randolf Street Gallery, Chicago
  • "Neofest" Sushi, San Diego
  • California Institute of the Arts

1982

  • Sushi, San Diego


Selected Video Screenings

2011

  • UCLA Film & Television Archives

1993

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Rutgers University
  • Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles
  • 7th London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

1992

  • "Japan: Outside Looking In" Artists Space, New York
  • Goethe Memorial Museum Tokyo (permanent collection)
  • "Putting the *TV Back in TV" LACE, Los Angeles
  • Institut d'Estudis Nord-Americans, Barcelona
  • Stedelijk Museum Collection, Amsterdam
  • Hong Kong Arts Centre
  • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Harvard College
  • Yale University
  • Ryerson Polytechnical Institute
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Califoria, San Diego
  • Columbia College, Chicago
  • "L.A. Freewaves" Los Angeles
  • University of Alberta
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • "The Reality Channel" Club Lower Links, Chicago
  • Festival Cinema et Homosexualities, Belgium
  • Melbourne International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  • Tokyo Lesbian & Gay Film Festival & Video Festival
  • Lesbisch-Schwule Filmtage, Hamburg
  • Maine Gay and Lesbian Festival
  • Northwest International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, WA
  • San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  • The LA International Gay & Lesbian Film & Video festival


1991

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
  • Columbia College, Chicago
  • University of Southern California, School of Cinema
  • University of New Mexico
  • Duke University
  • "Tele-Visions" Long Beach Museum of Art
  • Film in the Cities, St. Paul, MN
  • Cornell Cinema, Ithaca
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Stichting International Lesbian & Gay Filmfestival, Holland
  • "Schwules Kino in Asien" Berlin
  • "Lookout '91" DCTV, New York
  • Toronto Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
  • Melbourne International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
  • Amarillo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, TX


1990

  • Images '90 Festival, Toronto
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, London
  • VIPER Festival, Berlin
  • Hirschorn Museum, Washington D.C.
  • Institute for Contemporary Photography, NY
  • Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • Banff Center
  • The National Gallery of Canada
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Columbia College, Chicago
  • University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Film in the Cities, St. Paul, MN
  • Whitney Museum of Modern Art, NY
  • American Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
  • "Laughing Matters" Long Beach Museum of Art
  • "Feeling the Faults" Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
  • The New Festival, NY
  • "Raging at the Visible" L.A. Minicipal Art GAllery
  • "Sodom North" Video In, Vancouver
  • Southern California Institute of Architecture
  • The Adam Baran Honolulu Gay Video/Film Festival


1989

  • "How Do I Look" Anthology Film Archives, NY
  • "Mocking Media, Part II" International Center of Photography, NY
  • Hong Kong Arts Centre
  • "Erotophobia" Simon Watson Gallery, NY
  • San Francisco Museum of Art
  • Walker Arts Center, MN
  • International AIDS Conference, Montreal
  • "About TV" Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
  • "Video Witnesses" Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
  • "AIDS: The Artists' Response" Ohia State University
  • "Seducing the Censors" Randolf Street Art Gallery, Chicago
  • "L.A. Freewaves" Los Angeles
  • DC TV, NY
  • The Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Group Material Exhibition, San Francisco
  • The LA International Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival
  • "AIDS: The Community Responds" Otis Parsons, LA
  • San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Columbia College, Chicago
  • "ProFormArt" Emergence Dance Center, IL
  • Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser University


1988

  • "Degrees of Fact/Degrees of Fiction" Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
  • EZTV, Los Angeles
  • Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival
  • Cal State University Northridge
  • Viacom Cable


1987

  • "No-TV" Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester
  • AFI National Video Festival, Los Angeles
  • The Berlin Film Festival
  • "Visual Evidence" Video In, Vancouver
  • Viacom Cable
  • The LA International Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Festival
  • Lhasa Club, Los Angeles
  • San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival


1986

  • The New Museum, NY
  • The American Film Institute
  • Lhasa Club, Los Angeles
  • The Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Stichting International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Holland
  • The Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Viacom Cable
  • Foundation for Art Resources, Los Angeles


1985

  • The American Film Institute


1984

  • Paper Tiger Television cablecast, NY
  • Campus Networks US national cablecast


1983

  • KCET-TV, PBS broadcast, Los Angeles
  • The AFI National Video Festival, Los Angeles
  • "The Artist and Computer" Long Beach Museum of Art


1981

  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • New York University
  • Anthology Film Archives, NY
  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • Erlangen, Germany
  • Chicago Editing Center
  • SIGGRAPH '81, Dallas


Production Design, Art Direction and Special Effects

2007-2008

  • Feature film Production Design, Art Direction, Concept Designs and CGI Animation for Red Velvet, starring Henry Thomas

1994-2006

  • Aladdinland, Shanghai
  • Woozland, Taiwan
  • Phoebus, Bangkok
  • Seacon Square, Bangkok
  • Central World, Thailand

1988-93

  • Neil Diamond
  • Luxor, Las Vegas
  • Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas
  • Salon internazionale delle Attrezzature e Technologie per Discoteche e Locali da Ballo, Rimini, Italy
  • Nasa 3D Pavilion, Sendai Japan
  • Haw Par Villa, Singapore
  • Cola, Bangkok
  • EXPO '93, Korea

1987-88

  • George Michael concert tour effects
  • Disneyland, Anaheim
  • Expo '88

1984-87

  • Expo '86
  • Rush concert effects
  • Deep Purple concert effects
  • Mattel
  • Buick
  • Disneyland
  • Sea World, San Diego


Selected Publications

  • Sacred Asia, Nov-Dec, 2006, "Fah Thai" pages 74-82.
  • "October" number 43.
  • "Irony and Dissembling: Queer Tactics for Experimental Documentary" by Kathleen McHugh from the anthology "Between the Sheets, in the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, and Gay Documentary" (1997)
  • "The Sissy Boy, the Fat Ladies and the Dykes" by Alexander Doty, "Camera Obscura" number 25-26, page 125.
  • "Wild Life: Collaborative Process and Gay Identity" by Gabriel Gomez, "Jump Cut" number 37, pages 82-87.
  • "Entropy, History, Space and Speeding Cars" by Erika Suderburg, "Los Angeles", Editions Autrement, Paris, 1993.
  • "Life in the Media World" by Greg Schneider, "Artweek" Volume 22, number 17, May 2, 1991, page 17.
  • "Youthful Persuasions: John Goss Speaks Out" by Gabriel Gomez, "Afterimage" November 1990, page 9.
  • "John Goss: Forbidden Planet" by Lance Carlson, "High Performance" Summer 1990, page 61
  • "Performance Art as Political Activism" by Lance Carlson, "Artweek Focus" May 3, 1990, page 23.
  • Sex and Technology by Jacki Apple, "Artweek" March 15, 1990, page 17.
  • "Virtual Art, Virtual Fun" by Jan Breslauer, "LA Weekly" July 21-July 27, 1989, page 39.
  • Funhouse Explores Mortal Passageways by Zan Dubin, "Los Angeles Times" Calendar, Sunday, July 9, 1989.
  • "John Goss/John Greyson" by Jamitre Trott, "New Art Examiner" December, 1987.


Visiting Artist/Panels

1995

1994

  • "Changing Channels: Media Arts in the '90s" Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities/Filmforum, Los Angeles

1993

  • City College of San Fransicso

1992

  • Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival
  • VIVA! Lesbian & Gay Latino Arts Organization

1990

  • "Artists as Producers" LACE, Los Angeles
  • Cal State University Northridge

1989

  • Otis Parsons, Los Angeles
  • "AIDS Art Activism" Ohio State University
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasedena

1987

  • Hawaii Board of Education

1985

  • The Oakwood School, North Hollywood

1984

  • University of California, Irvine