Sean Raspet


Scent molecule formulation Diffuser, 2018

Image courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue.

Deformulation, 2015

Image courtesy of the artist and Société.

Atmospheric Reformulation (Oxygen 18 Isotope), 2015

Image courtesy of the artist and Room East.

New Flavors and Fragrances, 2014

Image courtesy of the artist and New Galerie.

Hydrocarbon Reformulation (Reconstituted Crude Oil with 2-Point Resolution: Molecular Weight Average), 2014

Image courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Residuals, 2014

Image courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery.

Sean Raspet’s works have often consisted of liquid chemical formulations of artificial flavor and fragrance molecules. More recently his works have involved food, nutrition, human metabolism and human cellular development via stem cells. He is a flavor and fragrance chemist and co-founder of the algae-based food company Nonfood. His practice prioritizes movement away from the specialized art economy, in favor of endeavors that circulate in the economy-at-large, utilizing prevailing modes of production––such as mass-produced products and proprietary molecular structures.


Raspet’s work has been exhibited at the The Artist’s Institute, New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; M Woods Museum, Bejing; Societé, Berlin; the 9th Berlin Biennale; Bridget Donahue, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; and The Kitchen, New York, among others.


MFA, University of California, Los Angeles
Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art
BFA, Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design
Fine Art, Goldsmiths College

Public Collections

The Hammer Museum
The Rubell Family Collection

Public Projects

IF THE SNAKE, Okayama Art Summit 2019, Okayama Japan (Pierre Huyghe, Artistic Director)
Rhizome Seven on Seven 2018, with Francis Tseng
Rhizome Seven on Seven Beijing (10th Anniversary), with Francis Tseng
Second Vienna Biennale, Artificial Tears, MAK Vienna
9th Berlin Biennale, Berlin various venues
Texture Map (Normal) J01 - J04 Smoking or Bus Shelter, Jardin des Plantes, Paris (public sculpture organized by FIAC)

Solo Exhibitions

New Molecules and Stem Cell Retinoid Screen, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong (with Kiara Eldred and Shengping Zheng)
Structure, The Artist’s Institute
Receptor-Binding Variations, Bridget Donahue, New York
Soylent R&D Promotional Trade Show Booth, Frieze New York Art Fair
Arche Apeiron, Minibar, Stockholm, Sweden (with Eva Löfdahl)
Calculus of Negligence, Room East, New York, NY (with Marte Eknæs)
Xyzzy, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles, CA (with Kelly Akashi)
Deformulation, Société, Berlin, Germany
Residuals, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Untitled (Registration/PIN: G0009296/78GY76DM; G0009297/99ER43TB; G0009298/39ZL54SJ), New Galerie, New York
New Flavors and Fragrances, New Galerie, Paris
Entity∆: Advance Viewing (featuring 2Registration::(ÒUntz'tled (Police Incident (7[c])) 6, (((2007-2012) 2007-2011. Ó) Ó) 2012) 2012 - 2013), Appendix Project Space, Portland, Oregon
Untitled (Sublet), Bund Deutscher Architekten, Berlin
Binder, Société, Berlin
As If Written In, The Kitchen, New York
20/02, Max Hans Daniel, Berlin
The Ones We Work For, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
The Generations, Daniel Reich Gallery, Chelsea Hotel Space, New York

Group Exhibitions

I Was Raised on the Internet, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
74 million million million tons, SculptureCenter, New York
Supplies and Demands, The Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
DIS “Thinkspo” opening event at de Young Museum, San Francisco (in collaboration with Nonfood)
Heart of the Tin Man, M Woods Museum, Beijing
99 Cents or Les, Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit
EXO EMO, Greene Naftali, New York
War Games (curated by Benjamin Godsill), Moran Bondaroff, Detroit, MI
ESPERANTO, curated by CURA, Rowing Projects, London, UK
Vinny Dotolo Summer Group Show, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
Le temps de l’audance et de l’engagement – De leur temps, Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne, Villeurbanne, France
1,000 Islands, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Office Space, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
In the Flesh Part l: Subliminal Substances, Martos Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
PAVILLON DE L’ESPRIT NOUVEAU 2.0, The Swiss Institute, New York, NY
Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
…Looking down at myself from the second floor of an Italian restaurant in the Catskills…, American Medium, Brooklyn, NY
Any Human Measure, M + B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
DIDING – An Interior That Remains an Exterior?, Künstlerhaus KM–, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria
Castles Burning, Room East, New York
Passive Collect, Chin’s Push, Los Angeles
Scars of Our Revolution, Yvon Lambert, Paris
Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Caitlin Keogh, Sean Raspet, Pam Lins, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York
The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of, C L E A R I N G, New York
+/-, The Artist’s Institute, New York
Time Machine, Fonds M-ARCO, Marseilles, France
Digital Infinity, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Rematerialized, New York Gallery/New Galerie, New York
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, (organized by Eva and Franco Mattes), Carroll/Fletcher, London
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, (organized by Artie Vierkant), Higher Pictures, New York
Domino Effect, Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium
Motion, Seventeen Gallery, London
In Practice: You never look at me from the place from which I see you, Sculpture Center, New York
Images Rendered Bare, Vacant, Recognizable, Stadium, New York
Jannic Yoray, Jeanette Mundt, Sean Raspet/ Gruppenaustellung 3, Société, Berlin
Synthetic Vertigo, Elaine, Basel
BCC#8, Control Room, Los Angeles 2011
Forms and Inflections, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
Untitled Document, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago
Discursive Arrangements, or Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, (curated by Timothy Hull and Lumi Tan) Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
Forms and Inflections, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Untitled Document, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL
Discursive Arrangements, or Stubbornly Persistent Illusions, Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
A Relative Expanse, Curated by Maxwel G. Graham, Renwick Gallery, New York, NY
The Morning News, Curated by Lumi Tan, BE-PART Contemporary Art Center, Waregem
RU-486 at Artisterium, (curated by Benjamin Godsill), T’bilisi, Republic of Georgia
Exhibition, 211 Elizabeth St., New York
Convention, (curated by Ruba Katrib), MOCA Miami
If the Dogs are Barking, Artist’s Space, New York
To One Whose Love was Service, with Amir Mogharabi, Daniel Reich Gallery
1999, Ten Year Anniversary Show, China Art Objects, Los Angeles
The Shape of Things to Come, The Saatchi Gallery, London
A Starting Point: Intrude Art & Life 366, (retrospective exhibition selected from projects over the past year), Zendai MOMA, Shanghai
Intrude: Art & Life 366, (curated by Biljana Ciric)
Zendai MOMA, Shanghai
Palm Beach Biennial, Gavlak, West Palm Beach
PDF (curated by Summer Guthry, Lumi Tan and Nicholas Weist), Various Locations
Without Walls, Museum 52, New York
Poster Project, Nine Things, Frankfurt
Whitney ISP Studio Practice Exhibition, New York
Ilya Lipkin, Sean Raspet, Ned Vena, (organized by Arnd Seibert) Cohan and Leslie, New York
Untitled (Perfect Lovers), BC Project Room, New York
The Way Things Are, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
Inaugural Exhibition, Museum 52, New York
Cynisme, Atelier Ford, Geneva
Cardboard Motherboard, Numbers Gallery, London

Writing and Publication

“Towards an Olfactory Vocabulary System” Future Anterior, Columbia University (forthcoming) Artforum, Artist’s Artists
Raspet, Sean W. "Formulation 0.10." Berlin Biennale. Berlin Biennale, 08 June 2016
Raspet, Sean,,
Raspet, Sean, “Beyond the Critical Economy: Kathryn Bigelow from Art & Language to Point Break”
(Untitled Sublet(2)) Sublease Template, Shifter Magazine
"IMG MGMT: Untitled",, October 11th
"No" INPUT Journal, 2 , (2010): pages 226 - 241
"*: Example Contract", Art Economies beyond Pattern Recognition, ed. Biljana Ciric, Shanghai: Osage, 2009, 100 - 105
Raspet, Sean "No", Farimani, Issue 1, (2008), pages 159 - 172
A Parody of Existence, Artist Book