Chalet Comellas

My work comes from my natural tendency to be resourceful. I gravitate toward material limitations, and enjoy the challenge of re-assembling media from existing works. This system of re-authoring allows me opportunities to compose and reassign new meaning to familiar objects that have collective associations.
In using this process I can explore and playfully expand on ideas relating to cultural, social and ecological issues that we currently face.
The projects that manifest from these ideas are media-fluid and usually take the form of sculpture, digital media or performance/interventions. Regardless of medium, I see my works as abstract narratives, romantic gestures and even absurd solutions, to be examined, explored and questioned.



BIO
Chalet Comellas is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Art at Florida State University, where she teaches courses on art and the environment and contemporary art. She earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Tampa.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in museums, galleries and fairs, including Toronto Art Book Fair in Toronto, Canada (2017), Amplify & Multiply in Colorado Springs, CO (2017) EYEDRUM in Atlanta, GA (2016), InLight Richmond, hosted by 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA (2016 and 2014), Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn, NY (2013), and Fountain Art Fair in Miami, FL (2012) and the Tampa Museum of Art in Tampa, FL (2007). Comellas has participated in several public art projects both solo and in collaboration including an outdoor video installation commissioned by the Tampa Museum of Art during Art Basel Miami Beach (2006).

Comellas has collaborated with several artist collectives, creating works that can be described as immersive, socially engaged environments. She has also coordinated and volunteered with large-scale community outreach projects, which provide both aesthetic and community building improvements in public spaces, including The Konbit Shelter Prototype (2012, Braddock, PA), a sustainable building project with the collective TRANSFORMAZIUM and The Shelter Project (2011, Tallahassee, FL), a public art project at the Leon County Homeless Shelter with the artist SWOON, Caledonia Curry.



SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

The Common Table, Toronto Art Book Fair
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Little Triggers, Tempus Projects
Tampa, FL

Amply & Multiply, The Press at Colorado College
Colorado Springs, CO

Assembly Is Required, 621Gallery
Tallahassee, FL

InLight Richmond, hosted by1708 Gallery
Richmond, VA, 2016

EMBODY EMBED INVOKE, Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery
Atlanta, GA

BRAVA: Collective of Women Artists, The Studio@620
St. Petersburg, FL, 2016

Working Memory, Wolpert Gallery, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
Gatlinburg, TN, 2016

Systematic Attempts In Lyrical Arrangements,
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma,
Chickasha, OK, 2015

Assembly Is Required, PORTSPACE Gallery
Gulfport, FL, 2015

InLight Richmond, 1708 Gallery
Richmond, VA, 2014 (Curated by Denise Markonish, Mass MoCA)

Assembly Is Required, The Southern Letterpress
Gulfport, FL, 2014

By All Means, FSU Faculty Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2013

HOUSEworks: MFA Thesis Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts,
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2012

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too-Re/Mix Birthday Edition, C. Emerson Fine Arts
St. Petersburg, FL, 2012

Vignettes, C. Emerson Fine Arts
St. Petersburg, FL, 2011

Comellas & Poindexter, SMALLS Gallery,
Tallahassee, FL, 2011

Contain it, Dunedin Fine Arts Center
Dunedin, FL, 2011 (Curated by Kaya Jill)

The Party… A Catastrophe in Low Contrast, SMALLS Gallery
Tallahassee, FL, 2011, Solo Exhibition

January: Comellas/Corrales/Dearing, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2011

3 Artists, Scarfone-Hartley Gallery
University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, 2009

Recent Works, Big Bend Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2009

Florida Visual Metaphor, Gallery for Innovation & the Arts
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Tallahassee, FL, 2009

Visual Vocabulary, Lake Eustis Museum of Art
Eustis, FL, 2009, Solo Exhibition

WHITE BOX GROUP SHOW: 2, 5Art Gallery
Tampa, FL, 2008

WTA, Tampa Museum of Art
Tampa, FL, 2008 (Curated by Elaine Gustavson)

RETRO-PERSPECTIVES, Tampa Museum of Art,
Tampa, FL, 2008 (Curated by Noah Rollins)

Cognitive Romance, Progress Energy Center for the Arts
Mahaffey Theatre, St Petersburg, FL, 2007

56th Annual All Florida Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art
Boca Raton, FL, 2007 (Juror: John Henry)

Autumn, C. Emerson Fine Art Gallery
St. Petersburg, Florida, 2006, Solo Exhibition

Invitational Salon Exhibition of Small Works, New Arts Program
Lehigh Valley, PA, 2006

Entre Chien ET Loup, Blue Acier Gallery
Tampa, FL, 2006

Biennial: Landscape in the Postmodern, Juried Exhibition, Brad Cooper Gallery
Tampa, FL, 2006

14th All Florida Juried Exhibition, Morean Art Center
St. Petersburg, FL, 2006 (Curated by Donald Kuspit)


COLLABORATIVE INSTALLATIONS

Variance / Invariance, Flash Point Gallery
Washington D.C., 2014, in collaboration with Judy Rushin and Christina Poindexter

Live Feed, Grace Exhibition Space
Brooklyn, NY, 2013, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Mudlark Report: Artist In Residence Exhibition, 621Gallery
Tallahassee, FL, 2013, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Analog Analogue: Performances, Fountain Art Fair
Miami, FL, 2012, in collaboration with Analog Analogue
Curated by Grace Exhibition Space during Art Basel Miami Beach

Knock on Wood, 621Gallery
Tallahassee, FL, 2012, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

FOCUS GROUP, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2012, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Working Method Collective Performances, Fountain Art Fair Miami
Miami, FL, 2011, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Artist’s Living Room II, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2011, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

We’re Fans, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2011, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Cave Paintings, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2011, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Bang on it, Working Method Contemporary,
Tallahassee, FL, 2011, in collaboration with Analog Analogue

Artist’s Living Room, Working Method Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2010, In collaboration with Analog Analogue

Camera Obscura, Big Bend Contemporary
Tallahassee, FL, 2010, in collaboration with Marnie Bettridge,
Jay Corrales, Tyler Dearing, and Christina Poindexter

PUBLIC PROJECTS

The Shelter Project, Tallahassee-Leon Homeless Shelter, Project Assistant- Community Sculpture Project, in collaboration with FSU Visiting Artists Program, graduate students and artist, Callie Curry, SWOON
Tallahassee, Florida, 2012

Spasm Between the Infinities, South Seas Hotel, Installation Manager and Project Lead on a 1 channel video installation, working with artist Jeff Whipple, South Seas Hotel, Commissioned by the Tampa Museum of Art during Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, 2006

Lights on Tampa, Tampa Museum of Art, Project Assistant
300 foot illuminated mural and large-scale outdoor video projection on the façade of the Tampa Museum of Art by artist Jeff Whipple, Commissioned by City of Tampa Public Art, Tampa FL, 2006

Urban Atmospheres: Windows to the City, Artist, Downtown Tampa Banner Project, Commissioned by City of Tampa Public Art, Tampa, FL 2005

Growing Panes, Maas Brother’s Building, Artist- Mural Project, Commissioned by City of Tampa Public Art, Tampa, FL 2004