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Francis G. Shishim, American Artist, performer. E-mail: darkbob@#clarkbob.com.


Shishim, Francis G. was born on May 8, 1953 in Santa Monica, California, United States. Son of Francis A. and Margaret W. (Addes) Shishim.


Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Art Center College, 1975.


Lecturer Art Center College Design, Pasadena, California, Otis/Parson School Design, Los Angeles, California Institute Arts, Valencia, University of California-Berkeley Art Museum, San Francisco The Art Institute of Chicago, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1986, Museum Art, San Jose, 1985.


  • E-mail: darkbob@#clarkbob.com.


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    • Exhibitions with Paul Velick (The Light Bob) include Ruth Son of Schaffner Gallery, Los Angeles, 1978, Swope Gallery/Art Garden, Venice, California, 1979, Los Angeles Institute Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1979, Vanguard Gallery, Los Angeles, 1980, Espace Gallery, Los Angeles, 1981, Upstairs Gallery, Tryon, North Carolina, 1981, World Pet Association Gallery, Washington, 1981, Marianne Deson Gallery, Chicago, 1982. Exhibited in group shows at Los Angeles Institute Contemporary Art, 1976, 81, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, 1980, Long Beach (California) Museum Art, San Francisco International Video Festival, 1980, Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1981, Downtown Gallery, Los Angeles, 1981, Tortue Gallery, Santa Monica, 1981, American Gallery, Los Angeles, 1982, University of California at Los Angeles, 1982, World Pet Association Gallery, 1982, Philadelphia Museum Art, 1998. Solo exhibits as The Dark Bob California State University, Long Beach, 1983, University Colorado, Boulder, 1988, University California, Irvine, 1998, traveling exhibitions, Los Angeles, Buffalo, 1983, Cochise Fine Arts Gallery, Bisbee, Arizona, Kansas City (Missouri) Art Institute, Spaces Art Center Cleveland State University, Film in the Cities Jerome Hill Theatre, St. Paul, Randolf St. Gallery, Chicago, Chicago Art Institute, Institute Contemporary Art, Boston, Painted Bride Art Center, Phila.

      Swain School Design, New Bedford, Massachusetts, Portland (Oregon) Center Visual Arts, L.A.C.E. Gallery, Los Angeles, New Langton Gallery, San Francisco, Institute Contemporary Art, San Jose, California, Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California, California State University, Long Beach., Sushi Art Gallery, San Diego, The Roxy, Hollywood, California, 1987, Diverse Works, Houston, 1987, D-Arts Gallery, Dallas, 1987, Utah Media Ctr, Salt Lake City, 1988, District of Columbia Spaces, Washington, 1988, Main Arts Festival, Portland, Minnesota, 1988, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angeles, 1988. Exhibited with Rachel Rosenthal Museum Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1984.

      Series The Dark Bob, All Stars of Los Angeles Performance, Los Angeles, 2000-2004. Albums: One Bob Job, 1982, On Pico, 1983, Kabballamobile (with Rachel Rosenthal) 1984, Uncontrollable Love, 1987, An Ever Ominous Dream, 1995, Kingdom Come, 1998. Films: The Fossil Dig, 1983, A Day and A Night in The Life and The Death, 1984, Good Morning Balcony, 1986, The Untold Origin of The Super The Dark Bob, 1987, Mister Whisker, 1988, Parfectije (for Everyone) 1993, Valerie, 1998, (documentary) All Stars of Los Angeles Performance Art, 2006.

      CDs: (with Andy Dick) When I Grow Up to Be a Man, 2001, (with Andy Dick, DJ Bonebrake and Peter Case) Stoked!, 2005, Intifadadavida, 2006. Appeared in numerous performances, radio interviews, recordings and videos, since 1975.


Francis A. Shishim

Margaret W. (Addes) Shishim