Bryson Rand to go to Skowhegan

Zeit Contemporary Art is pleased to announce that Bryson Rand has been granted admission into Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Skowhegan is an intensive summer residency program for visual artists established in 1946. The resindency seeks each year to bring together a diverse group of individuals that have demonstrated high achivements in the field of visual arts. Founded by artists, and still governed by artists, the program provides an atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to work free of the expectations of the marketplace and academia.

Bryson Rand was born in 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He studied at the University of Colorado Boulder, the School of Visual Arts in New York, and at the Yale School of Art, where he received an MFA in 2015. His most recent exhibitions include the solo show The Floating Bridge, Zeit Contemporary Art, New York (2017-2018), Some Small Fever, La Mama La Galleria, New York (2017), and group exhibitions such as theirs/ours/yours, Revival Arthouse Theater, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Backyard Biennial, Ground Floor, Queens, NY (2017), Discursive Selves, Westbeth Gallery, New York (2017), Queering Space, Green Hall Gallery, Yale School of Art, New Haven (2016), LOVE 2016, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York (2016), The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco (2015). His most recent publication, Waters, is a photobook published by Dashwood Zines in 2017. Collections include Bill Arning, Houston, TX and Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY.

Artist Vincent Tiley to Join Zeit Contemporary Art

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.