Christopher Clary is an artist, curator, and zinester based on the Jersey shore. His social practice is all about connecting — making things that we can live through and expand with to know our own affective, queer selves.
Most recently, he has been on the forefront of livestreaming as technology and performance art. His collaborative streaming platform for artists, Is this THING on? received funding from NEW INC, Meta Open Arts, Gray Area, Goethe Institute, and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. Then in 2021,
Untitled (Larry & Bobby Kissing), a networked, live performance for ICP was awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts. And in 2020, he was an Eyebeam fellow and NEW INC member, both in support of The Chrisy Show, a talk show broadcast on an adult webcam site.
His art has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and conferences around the world from the Palais de Tokyo in France to abC Art Book in China. His Rhizome commission Sorry to dump on you like this.zip, a porn-novella-zip-file was named the best individual work of Internet art in 2016 by Hyperallergic, acquired by the Whitney and MoMA, and exhibited at ETH Zurich. His photography of Kevin was nominated for the Discovery Award at the international photography fair Rencontres d’Arles.
His curatorial projects include a year of programming for the ICP Museum and Library (All Used Up, Emergency Readings, and Queering the Collection) that was coproduced by GenderFail and Larker and featured work by Allison Parrish, American Artist, Molly Soda, Morehshin Allahyari, Nora Khan, Paul Soulellis, Porpentine Charity Heartscape, and Shiv Kotecha. He’s twice curated online pavilions for The Wrong Biennale, one on safe space and another about death in a web 2.0 landscape.
His books, including a trilogy for the poetry collective TROLL THREAD, can be found in the libraries at the Met, Library of Congress, Walker, ICP, SUNY Buffalo, SVA, Wendy’s Subway, 本 hon books, and Printed Matter.