ARTIST STATEMENT / BIOGRAPHY
I am a multimedia artist, working predominantly in video, installation, performance, and new media. My work is inherently collaborative in nature, spanning many modes of inquiry, processes, and themes that adapt based on the nature of the collaboration, and the other artists with whom I am in conversation. Some of the overlapping themes from my solo work that blend into my collaborative projects include portals to other worlds, voids and vortexes, dominance and submission, and speculative fantasies.
My most notable collaboration, which has become the primary focus of my artistic career within the past few year, is the Institute for New Feeling, a research clinic founded by myself, Agnes Bolt, and Nina Sarnelle. The Institute is committed to the development of new ways of feeling, and ways of feeling new, through treatments, therapies, retreats, research studies and wellness products. My interest within the Institute comes from a place of criticality around the health, wellness, and beauty industries, and growing concerns with humanity’s social media addiction and digital existence. The investigations in our work have begun to manifest as a meeting place between social practice and post internet art. This merger has generated a breeding ground for the creation of full sensory and meditative experiences that confront viewers/participants through methods of subliminal messaging, and a subversion of media and corporate aesthetics.
Recent Institute for New Feeling exhibitions have included Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), MAAT (Lisbon, Portugal), Istanbul Modern (Istanbul, Turkey), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, Germany), Recess (New York, NY), Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA), Spaces (Cleveland, OH), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Threewalls (Chicago, IL). We have recently been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Vogue Italy, Clocktower Radio, KCHUNG Radio, KillScreen, AQNB, Animal NY, the Fader, ArtFCity, and ArtHopper.
Upcoming exhibitions include Ballroom (Marfa, Texas), Parckdesign 2016 (Bruxelles, Belgium), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Modern Art (Warsaw, Poland), National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Russia), Cultural Centre of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia), CCAA (Kabul, Afghanistan), Fundación PROA (Buenos Aires, Argentina), GAMeC (Bergamo, Italy), Para Site (Hong Kong, China), Project 88 (Mumbai, India), Tromsø Kunstforening (Tromsø, Norway).
I also work with many local and national artists/performers, as well as independently to create, curate, and/or present work exploring gender, sexuality, and other topics that relate to the LGBTQIA community. Recent collaborations of this nature include ’Trans-Q Live’ at the Andy Warhol Museum with Suzie Silver, ‘The Drift’, with Steve Gurysh, ‘Six x Ate: Glitter’ with Casey Droege, ‘The Long Song’ with Jennifer Nagle Myers, and Afronaut(a) with Alisha Wormsley, among many others. Other exhibitions of the work I create in this genre include La Traverse, Centre d’art Contemporain (Alfortville, France), Espace Labo/Spoutnik Cinema (Geneva, Switzerland), OUTsider Film & Arts Festival (Austin, TX), Tribal Tribu-Te or The Ways of the World (a touring screening series in Paris, Metaxu, and Toulon, France; Berlin, Germany; Sofia, Bulgaria; Liege, Belgium; Bucharest, Romania), Commonwealth and Council (Los Angeles, CA), Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, Defibrillator, (Chicago, IL), Eastside International (Los Angeles, CA), MIX: The NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York, NY), FIVAC International Video Art Festival (Camaguey, Cuba), The Spectrum (Brooklyn, NY; Dirty Looks, video for Narcissister: A Body of Work), Envoy Enterprises (New York, NY; video for Narcissister is You)
Teaching has also been an integral part of my practice over the past decade, from teaching at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, to the Carnegie Mellon Precollege program, to most recently serving as a Visiting and Adjunct Professor within the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University where I received my MFA in 2013. The experience of teaching on a collegiate level was a long-term goal of mine, and is a major benchmark in the blending of my personal practice and mentoring/educational interests. I have instructed courses in Electronic Media: The Moving Image, Concept Studio: The self and the human being, Performance for Video, and Activated Anamorphs: Performative Inhabitables and Interactive Prostheses.
As part of the 2015 wats: ON? Festival, my class was able to work closely with visiting artist Nick Cave from SAIC, and many esteemed members of the CMU Drama, Architecture and Art programs, in the inaugural of a new course entitled, Activated Anamorphs. This course allowed me to work closely with students to create costumed performances that were both presented in a cabaret/circus format, as well as several flash mobs around town. This year we will be presenting this course at CMU again, in collaboration with Joanna Commondaros’s Eco Art class from the University of Pittsburgh. Our classes will be creating work that speaks to environmental concerns and responses to the natural world through performances at Phipps Conservatory during the International Sculpture Conference, and with visiting artist Jaimie Warren during Pop Cabaret at the Andy Warhol Museum.