Brian Whiteley is a New York City based interdisciplinary artist primarily creating multimedia works using video, photography, performance, and sound. He fully immerses himself into each project, participating in unique situations to achieve honest documentation. The documentation is his source material for all artistic incarnations to follow. He has delved deeply into pop culture, product marketing, sexual fetishes, relationship identifiers, film satire, masculine vs feminine gender roles, and cultural stereotypes. His large-scale projects manifest themselves as interactive installations, incorporating several forms of media.
Each of Whiteley’s installations provides the viewer with a multi-sensory experience, as many different types of media collide together in a depiction of cohesion of his artistic vision—a shatter glimpse into Whiteley’s world. Using installation as a self-exploratory investigation, Whiteley stacks metaphoric layers of his perception of reality. He meditates on tension, social pressures, inner struggles, feelings of being trapped, struggling to break free and finding a new voice or meaning to his madness – as seen in two new videos titled Clown’s Night Out (2013) and Character Study I (2013) .
Whiteley puts his image in the place of models or subjects juxtaposing artist and artwork. His installations include Whiteley’s body as a living sculpture (placing his head in a hole in the wall and remaining still on the floor), which he shows among an amalgamation all things old, disused, discarded and lived in.
Whiteley’s studio is located in Brooklyn currently. His work has been shown at experimental venues and larger institutions, including: The Invisible Dog, NYC; The Gowanus Ballroom, NYC; The Affordable Art Fair, NYC; Bond Street Gallery, NYC; Bushwick Open Studios, NYC; and The Urban Arts Festival, NYC. His work has also been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Spin Magazine, The Starving Artists Guide and Time Out NY.
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