Chris Cobb

Chris Cobb is an artist and writer. His art is characterized by a subversive wit and by formalism rooted in an anti-materialism. He uses installations, photographs or text depending on the project. While making art he has worked as a teacher, a chef, an obituary researcher, an antiques seller, a designer and a dj. His work has been shown at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, ATM Gallery, ONETWENTYEIGHT Gallery, the UC Berkeley Art Museum, the Worth Ryder Gallery, Triple Base Gallery, New Langton Arts, Adobe Bookshop, the Sacramento Center for Contemporary Art, Timberspace, Los Angeles, Mission 17 Gallery and others. His work has appeared in many publications including The Boston Globe, on NPR’s All Things Considered, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Tenbyten Magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s.com, and Grafik Magazine.

He has written about music, art and culture for the Believer, Flash Art, Leonardo Magazine, Stretcher.org, Clamor Magazine, the KQED Arts and Culture Blog, Art Week, Artpractical.com, shotgun-review.com, and others. He has contributed to the following books: Sol LeWitt: 100 Views, The Best of Creative Nonfiction 2009 and Face The Issues by Carol Numrich. He has made two artist books: Portrait (2009) and A Man in the Street With a Knife (2010). He has an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Posts by Chris Cobb (Chris Cobb)

Miley Cyrus and Her Enigmatic Mask of Teddy Bears
September 25, 2014  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

James Franco: To Barf or Not to Barf, That Is the Question
April 26, 2014  |  By | Filed under Essay, Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

The Mission School Brings Magic Energy to NYC
April 16, 2014  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Amiri Baraka Will Be Missed
January 12, 2014  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: 2014 Is YOUR Year of Getting Things Done
January 3, 2014  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Is Art Criticism Over?
November 18, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

“It’s a fact … women don’t paint very well.” – Georg Baselitz
October 30, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Can Artists Afford to Live in San Francisco Any More?
October 10, 2013  |  By | Filed under Field Notes, Projects/Series | 12 Comments »

José Montoya (1932-2013), Royal Chicano Air Force Co-Founder
September 26, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

New York Art Book Fair
September 24, 2013  |  By | Filed under Field Notes, Projects/Series | 1 Comment »

Russian Man Shot During Argument About Immanuel Kant
September 16, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

New York Just Elected a Museum Director to the City Council
September 11, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Stop Hating on the Genius of Miley Cyrus
September 2, 2013  |  By | Filed under Essay, Projects/Series | 14 Comments »

A Day for Detroit (Works from the Collection)
August 14, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

A Day for Detroit (Works from the Collection)
August 14, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

A Day for Detroit (Works from the Collection)
August 14, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

A Day for Detroit
August 14, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

How to Be Invisible Online (for Artists)
August 7, 2013  |  By | Filed under Essay, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Should SFMOMA Sell Off Its Art Like Detroit?
July 26, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes | 1 Comment »

Jazz Pioneer Cecil Taylor Awarded $500,000 Kyoto Prize
July 24, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 4 Comments »

Developers Destroy 5,000-Year-Old Pyramid in Peru
July 9, 2013  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Field Notes | 1 Comment »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Best Intellectual Joke Ever
July 1, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

The NSA Is Watching You Watching Porno
June 26, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Essay | 1 Comment »

Stop Hating on James Franco
May 23, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 4 Comments »

San Francisco Art Invades New York
May 15, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Good Quotes about Cats
May 7, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 1 Comment »

Did Occupy Really Change Contemporary Art?
May 1, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Essay, Field Notes | 10 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Dumb Art Jokes
April 26, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

Social Media Bomb: Garbage in, Garbage Out
April 20, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Essay | 0 Comments »

An Artwork Made in Cambridge, MA, at the Public Library
April 19, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Carlos Villa 1936–2013
March 24, 2013  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Essay | 9 Comments »

Watch LIVE: Toni Morrison, Ishmael Reed at Harlem Arts Salon on Sunday, Feb. 24, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
February 23, 2013  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 12 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Maybe Painting Has Died After All
February 9, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 14 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Printed Matter, NYC, Brings the Bay Area to L.A.
January 31, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Terry Gross Freaks Out on Quentin Tarantino
January 4, 2013  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 13 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: My Gross New Year in Paris
December 31, 2012  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Field Notes, Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: The Hurricane and Courtney Love
November 27, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Occupy to the Rescue: Revenge of the Hippies: Martha Rosler at MoMA
November 21, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: On Finding Barry McGee in Brooklyn
November 1, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 6 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Meanwhile, in New York…
October 30, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Our Binders Are Full of Women
October 17, 2012  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist a.k.a. That Weird Record Collector
October 8, 2012  |  By | Filed under Back Page, Projects/Series | 1 Comment »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Is Art School a Scam?
September 26, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 9 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Trevor Paglen with Werner Herzog
September 20, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Cops at Occupy Wall Street Anniversary
September 17, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 3 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: A View of Ground Zero
September 11, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Obama as the Invisible Man
September 3, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 3 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Gold Fever in North Beach?
August 23, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 6 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: PUSSY RIOT Is So Dangerous
August 17, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Mars
August 6, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Looking at New York Right Now
July 24, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Advice for the Poor & Unknown
June 12, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Cat Helicopters?
June 4, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 8 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Facebook and Bible Prophecy
May 18, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 3 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Is Ross Mirkarimi Really the Batman?
April 26, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 4 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Carleton Watkins – Casualty of the 1906 Earthquake
April 18, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 4 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: I Just Love Werner Herzog
April 6, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 2 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: I am Only in Control of Vegetables
April 3, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Sh*t Artists Say
March 19, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 4 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Crazy for You
March 9, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 4 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: I’m Bob Dylan
February 22, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 0 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: On Killing Monday
February 13, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 1 Comment »

Why Is Occupy Oakland So Crazy?
February 2, 2012  |  By | Filed under Essay, Field Notes | 20 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Art in America Is Just Like the Khmer Rouge
January 28, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 6 Comments »

Diary of a Crazy Artist
January 25, 2012  |  By | Filed under Projects/Series | 13 Comments »

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION: No More Boring Art
January 9, 2012  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 1 Comment »

Occupy Wall Street: It Ain’t Over Yet
November 17, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 3 Comments »

How Occupy Wall Street Mobs Attacked Bankers over the Weekend
November 8, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 0 Comments »

It’s November 5th. What the Heck Is Guy Fawkes Day?
November 4, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 0 Comments »

Clouds of Tear Gas in Oakland
October 25, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Slavoj Žižek on Broadway after Speaking at Occupy Wall Street
October 12, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Occupy Everything
October 10, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 5 Comments »

Why Not Forgive All Student Loans to Artists to Stimulate the Economy?
September 22, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 32 Comments »

View of Lower Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge
September 10, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, a First Edition from 1933
August 23, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

Anonymous Comic Book Antiheroes Protest BART Rider Slaying
August 16, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 6 Comments »

Sex Work Pays for Art School and Student Loans, She Said
August 5, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 6 Comments »

Man in the High Castle
July 22, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

Admit It, Deep Down You Think New York Is Really Just Better than San Francisco in Every Way.
July 15, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 20 Comments »

Historic Marriage Equality Law Passes in New York – Everyone Turns Gay and the World Ends!
June 25, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 1 Comment »

Ai Weiwei Released on Bail after “Confessing to his Tax Crimes” with No Mention of Why the Government Demolished His Shanghai Studio with Bulldozers a Few Months Before He Was Arrested
June 22, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

NOTE TO SELF: OMG! There Is No Privacy!
June 17, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 8 Comments »

A Very Long Post About the Extraordinary Artist and Poet and Storyteller and Singer and Philosopher and Influential Activist and Fighter of Inner Demons Gilbert Scott-Heron
June 4, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Are San Francisco Artists Still Just a Bunch of Liberal Hippie, Left-Wing Drug Addicts and Alcoholics that Hate America?
May 13, 2011  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Field Notes | 5 Comments »

The Conspirator
May 2, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

JACK SPICER: A Non-Tragic Universe
April 23, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

Inbox
April 16, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

150th Anniversary of the Civil War Today
April 12, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 1 Comment »

Who Is Ai Weiwei and Why Is He in Jail?
April 9, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Your Student Loans Are Totally Killing You, Dude
March 23, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 16 Comments »

Elizabeth Taylor, Iconic Actress Passes 1932-2011
March 23, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet! More Expensive than a Diamond-Encrusted Skull!
March 20, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay, Field Notes | 9 Comments »

Do These Images Really Threaten the Very Fabric of Our Society, Corrupt our Children and Poison the Well of Moral Goodness we All Live by?
March 4, 2011  |  By | Filed under Essay | 3 Comments »

Happy Late Valentine’s Day, Louise Bourgeois
February 15, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 3 Comments »

Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair! – Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818
February 11, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

Mubarak Defiant
February 10, 2011  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 0 Comments »

One More Tweet Before I Die
February 8, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 2 Comments »

FYI: The Revolution Has Just Been Tweeted
February 6, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 2 Comments »

Robbing Your Mamma To Pay Your Poppa
February 1, 2011  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 6 Comments »

Where Art Is a Matter of Life and Death
January 23, 2011  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Field Notes, Projects/Series | 1 Comment »

The Artists’ Bar
January 6, 2011  |  By | Filed under Conversations | 7 Comments »

To Various Persons Talked to All at Once
December 22, 2010  |  By | Filed under Back Page | 2 Comments »

Kenny Dorham’s Cousin Is an Artist
December 15, 2010  |  By | Filed under Conversations, Field Notes | 0 Comments »

“You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave” – Hotel California
December 8, 2010  |  By | Filed under Field Notes | 0 Comments »