Photo by Genevieve Lutkin
Born in West Virginia, New York based artist Vincent Tiley received a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. IN 2023 her participated in the Villa Lena Foundation residency in Tuscany and the Vermont Studio Center Program. In 2017 he participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR) and was a 2013 participant at Artist Cooperative Residency and Exhibition (ACRE) program. His work has been featured and reviewed in Paper Magazine, Art in America, the Chicago Tribune, Performa, and the New York Times. The artist has been widely exhibited internationally including the Museum of Art and Design, the Leslie-Lohman Museum, AxeNeo7, CFHILL, and the International Museum of Surgical Science.His works have been collected by the Whitney Library, the Leather Archives and Museum, Yale University Library, and the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
My garment-based durational performances explore how clothing is used as language. Queer individuals use clothing and style to signal who we are to our community. By creating garments and jewelry that fully disguise, restrain, and combine its wearers I attempt to create new words within this language. By sewing and shaping metal around physical touch I hope to write new words for "Lovers", "Together" and "Presence". These works are long and slow, often lasting three hours. They are mostly
undirected with the choreographic score reduced down to the movements, fidgets, and measured breaths of their performers as they settle into the limitations and possibilities of their new combined form. Like a "Cronenberg Sit-in" their politics are existence and presence, remarking on the endurance required for queer survival and visibility. In these performances the
boundaries of individual bodies are blurred reminding us of how intertwined and permeable our bodies are. A lesson taught to us by AIDS with COVID-19 serving as a sore reminder.