Cauleen Smith (US, 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Operating in multiple materials and arenas, Smith roots her work firmly within the discourse of mid-20th century experimental film. Drawing from structuralism, third world cinema and science fiction, she makes things that deploy the tactics of these disciplines while offering a phenomenological experience for spectators and participants.
Smith was born in Riverside, California and grew up in Sacramento. She earned a BA in Creative Arts from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater Film and Television.
Cauleen’s films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions in, amongst others, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for Art in San Francisco, D21 in Leipzig, Decad in Berlin and Framer Framed in Amsterdam.
She has had solo shows for her films, drawings, and installations at The Art Institute of Chicago, the Center for Contemporary Art and Culture, Portland, Oregon, the Contemporary Arts Center, UC Irvine, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, Threewalls, Chicago. She has won several awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award and was a Whitney Biennial 2017.
Her work is shown as part of the group show Some Things Hidden at Framer Framed (2018).