My work explores the possibilities of place, material legacies, and memory. I’m interested in what
we hold onto, what we let go of, and where we place value. Using film and historical
photographic processes, I investigate themes of loss, transition, visibility and remembrance in our
urban and natural environments.

The historic wetplate collodion process is a method I've incorporated for over 10 years - a language that I use both inside and outside of the studio. I also shoot on film and digitally, and tend to use multiple formats when I'm working. I’m drawn to the physical experience of making photographs; the relationships, time and location in which the images were made, as well as the materials and processes used to create the image objects themselves. I apply an experimental and personal approach to this historical method that explores the possibilities of place, material and memory. My work has been shown at the Oakland Museum of California, the Petersen Museum, SF Camerawork, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, where I was a graduate fellow. I received an MFA from UC Berkeley, and grants through the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and the San Francisco Arts Commission. I have taught photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, City College of San Francisco and UC Berkeley, and take tintype portrait commissions at kariorviktintypestudio.com


Born in Kingston, Ontario
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA


University of California Berkeley, MFA, Visual Arts
Stanford University, BA, Comparative Literature


2018 Recology SF - Artist-in-Residence
2015 Rayko Photo Center - Artist-in-Residence
2012-2013 Graduate Fellowship: Headlands Center for the Arts 
2012 Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes: Photo-Imaging and Film/Video, UC Berkeley
2011 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award: San Francisco Foundation
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize: Art Practice Department award, UC Berkeley
Fernstrom Fellowship: Dept. of Scandinavian Studies, UC Berkeley
2007 Individual Artist Grant: San Francisco Arts Commission, “Mission Portrait Studio”



Geneva, SF Camerawork

Recology SF: Art, Community, Sustainability, ARC Gallery, SF

Light, Paper, Process: Alternative Process and Experimental Photography, Mills Building

Queer California, Oakland Museum of California

QUÉ CHOLA, National Hispanic Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM


My Heart Welcomes You Back Home Again, solo show at Recology SF

Westward, curated by Ann Jastrab, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at City Hall

Headlands Benefit Auction, Fort Mason


Made by Hand, (exhibition and catalog), PhotoCentral, Hayward

Circus, SF Camerawork, San Francisco

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón, e Inspiración, 
Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

House of Wahala, curated and performed by Wura-Natasha Ogunji; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX


Rock + paper + scissors: inside the artist's process: DZINE Gallery, San Francisco

#Portrait (in conjunction with Laura Levine: Portraits of the Music Scene, 1980–1994),
DZINE Gallery, San Francisco

Strange Terrain - collaborative piece with Michael Koehle, The Growlery, SF


The Geneva Project, Rayko Photo Center Gallery's Artist-In-Residence exhibition

The Q-Sides (with Vero Majano and DJ Brown Amy), Galería de la Raza

"...And Everything In Between" DZINE Gallery, San Francisco


75 Years: Selections from the CCSF Photography Department, SF Camerawork


Present Tense: Graduate Fellows Exhibition, Headlands Center for the Arts

Last call at Naps: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema screening

Cover to Cover, SF Camerawork

Staff exhibition at Photobooth SF, San Francisco


(Re)Collection: a collaboration with Lost and Found, Intersection for the Arts, SF

Streetopia SF, Luggage Store Gallery, SF

42nd Annual MFA Exhibition, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley

Film and Video Makers at Cal: Works from the Eisner Competition, Pacific Film Archive

MFA Now (selected for exhibition) juror Kevin Chen, Root Division, SF


Frontrunners: 2011 Murphy and Cadogan Award Exhibition, SoMarts, SF

1st year MFA exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, UC Berkeley

New College Hill Market, Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival

Tintype prints, Vessel, SF (solo)
Roll Call - SF Camerawork
Chain Reaction XI - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in City Hall
Art in Storefronts - 24th St Screening, with Martha Rosler, Vero Majano: Triple Base Gallery, SF


Ersatz Exhibition, SF Camerawork

Home is Something I Carry With Me, curated by Adrienne Skye Roberts, film screening

17 Reasons Why, Mission 17 Gallery, with author Erick Lyle


Eth6 Magazine: Issue 3 exhibition, Blankspace Gallery, Oakland

Glimpses in Time, juried by Stephen Wirtz at Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland

Narrating Identity, (Dis)locating Bodies, Galería de la Raza, SF

The Show Starts on the Sidewalk, outdoor screening, part of UC Santa Cruz’s conference“Intervene! Interrupt!: Rethinking Art as Social Practice”


Ladies’ Night: Outdoor 3-month commission for display at 16th St. & Mission BART Plaza

The View From Here: rooftop portrait studio, part of Southern Exposure Gallery’s GROUNDED?
Public Art Day, SF

Pleased to Meet You: Beholder, Park Life Gallery, SF & Tinlark Gallery, L.A.


Kari Orvik's Tightly Focused Geneva Captures Daily Life in the Excelsior, by Roula Seikaly, KQED
Documenting an Outer Mission corner by tintype
, SF Chronicle pink pages, by Sam Whiting 8/18

Fred Moten's Radical Critique of the Present, The New Yorker, 4/18
The Re-Purposeful Life, interview with Silicon Valley Magazine, 9/18
Black and White Magazine, interview, 5/17
Bird in Flight, Russian Photo magazine, article about nostalgia in the digital age, 7/17
The ENCYCLOPEDIA Project vol. 3: Cover image and entries
The Rebirth of Tintype: An Old Photographic Medium is Revitalized, Popular Photography Magazine 2/17 (cover image on subscribers cover)
The Q-Sides,  ArtNews "Pictures at an Exhibition", 5/15
The Q-Sides, KQED, by Dani Burlison (6/15)
The Q-Sides, queer Latinos find place in lowrider culture, by Ryan Kost, SF Chronicle, 6/15
DZINE Gallery write-up, San Francisco Chronicle (2/15)
Headlands grad fellow exhibition, SF art enthusiast
(re)collection exhibition Art Practical, by Lani Asher, Art Practical review by Jessica Brier (6/12)
Streetopia, Erica Lyle, 2012
SF MOMA’s “Open Space” blog: Public Art and Redevelopment, article by Adrienne Skye Roberts (4/09)
East Bay Express: The Enduring Photograph, review by DeWitt Cheng 8/08


Alternative Processes, 2018-2019, San Francisco Art Institute
Beginning Photography, 2017-2019, City College of San Francisco
Design Fundamentals, 2018 City College of San Francisco

Self-Portraiture, 2018 City College of San Francisco
B&W Darkroom, 2016-2017, YASP Youth Program, California College of the Arts

Introduction to Digital Photography, 2012-2013, UC Berkeley
Introduction to Visual Thinking, 2012, UC Berkeley

Gallery coordinator, Gallery Obscura, City College of San Francisco

Lab Supervisor, City College of San Francisco darkroom 2017-2019


Photo Alliance Lecture Series
UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
City College of San Francisco Photographers and their Images Lecture series
San Francisco State Department of Art