Zeit Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the representation of artist Vincent Tiley (Charleston, West Virginia, 1987). One of the most prominent artists of his generation, Tiley has devoted his art practice to the exploration of the queer identity in paintings, performance, and videos.
Influenced by fashion, fetish, medicine, protest, and science fiction, Tiley combines these vernacular languages with the methodologies of abstraction and durational performance. The body as presence and reference is a constant in his work. Tiley is always attempting to reinvent the body, extending its confines. As the artist explains, “The body is a point of almost total potential. The potential to expand outward connecting and touching a world of other bodies around it, and also a space to be entered. The body is a vortex of forces being swallowed up and expelled out.”
A well-known performance artist, Tiley’s durational pieces explore the necessary endurance to live in a queer body, pursuing pleasure and survival, camouflage, and anonymity. In the performance “Baby You’re Never There,” the artist danced for 24 hours to music provided by a rotation of live DJs in a gallery. In “Scorpions,” three subjects sat closely together, connected for two hours while visitors became voyeurs, intimately surrounding the trio as the performers exudate in a queer, sexually charged human tangle.
In his so-called “Rope paintings,” Tiley evokes the body without relying on figuration or narrative while referencing particular modernist touchstones like abstract expressionism, minimalism and geometric abstraction. Unlike other painted surfaces, these feel like you are looking at an actual piece of a body but not a person or character.
Among his recent projects, Tiley has created a series of abstract paintings in collaboration with photographer Bryson Rand that led to the publication of the book The Origins of Color. The project examines the memory and the joy of alternative sexual practices during the AIDS crisis in New York City.
Vincent Tiley received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. His work has been exhibited widely across the country and internationally, including his solo shows The Past Three Nights (2017) AxeNeo7 Gatineau; Silent Heat (2016) Christopher Stout Gallery NYC; Look at the Moon (2015) City Bird Gallery, New York; and New Skin (2014) Elee: Mosynary Gallery. Select group shows and festivals include Haptic Tactics (2018) Leslie-Lohman Museum, New York; Kinetic Intimacies (2017) Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and other group shows in Chicago, Vancouver, Miami and Athens among others.