Bio

Christopher Clary is an artist, author, and curator based in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

His new media art and books explore sex in tech culture — playfully drawing on personal archives and communal histories. His curatorial projects bring together artists across disciplines that present queerness as being, belonging, and unbecoming.

He has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and conferences around the world from the Palais de Tokyo to China Art Book Fair. His Rhizome commission was honored by Hyperallergic and acquired by MoMA and the Whitney. His art was nominated for the Discovery Award at the international photography fair Les Rencontres d’Arles in France. His books are in the public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, International Center of Photography, SUNY Buffalo, School of Visual Arts, Wenday’s Subway, Anti-Aufklarung Salon, and Printed Matter.

In 2018 he co-produced with GenderFail and Larker a year of programming for the ICP Museum and Library in New York that included the work of Allison Parrish, American Artist, Morehshin Allahyari, Nora Khan, and Porpentine Charity Heartscape. Other curatorial projects include an online exhibition about safe space for The Wrong digital art biennale.

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Press

Christopher’s work sits in the compelling space between art, and what is indistinguishable from it, which is what allows him to ponder the murky world between our lived experience and the world around us. He shows how the relationships we cultivate online—even if they are (sometimes) nonreciprocal—equally inform upon our personal experience (and vice versa) as we dwell in the world (wide web). Read full exhibition text by Kailum Graves, The Goodwink Conspirary

Clary reminds us that history, like memory, is not static. It is closer to a fire alarm (cribbing from Michael Löwy on Walter Benjamin), with a sense that “not even the dead will be safe from the enemy, if he is victorious. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.” Read full review by Bernard Yenelouis, ICP Library Blog

Often the photographic image becomes the stopping point and museums of photography are somehow a parade of perfect indissoluble moments that then never go on from that reality. Seeing you flow into and out of that is radical. See full panel moderated by Nayland Blake, ICP Museum

These stories are an offering of sorts: characters once loved, now staged as daddies and bears, cigars and cocks. The object-files of Sorry to dump on you like this.zip travel through networked relations, but settle into hard drives like angry ghosts. Read full exhibition text by Paul Soulellis, Rhizome

Soulellis explains in his introduction: “Downloading can transform a public post into private property; to download may be political.” Here the act is political, social, sexual, and a lot of other things. There’s also something uninteresting about someone else’s stash of porn, it’s perverse and dull at the same time and there’s so much to unpack. Read full review by Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic

News

Reading
Supporting JELLY COUNTY
Topos Bookstore
Queens, NY
December 18

Contributor
Urgency Reader
QUEER.ARCHIVE.WORK
December 6

Fair
Internet Yami-Ichi
NOWHERE
New York, NY
November 30

Fair
NY Queer Zine Fair
Brooklyn Public Library, NY
October 5

Fair
NY Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
September 20 - 22

Book
FkN JPGs on Tumblr
TROLL THREAD
August

Curation/Performance
QUEERZ.MOV
Empirical Nonsense
New York, NY
June 26

Press
Kevin
Dare to dare to dare to ask
JM Media, China
June 18

Exhibition
Archive as Artificial Scenery in Photobooks
Art Book in China
Beijing, China
June 6 - 9

Exhibition
The Goodwink Conspiracy
Online
May

Press
Vice France
With the artists of the Paris Ass Book Fair
April 11

Reading
Paris Ass Book Fair
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
April 7

Fair
Paris Ass Book Fair
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
April 5 - 7

Panel
Queering the Collection
International Center of Photography, New York
March 24

Book
Queering the Collection
International Center of Photography, New York
March 24

Exhibition
Ding / Unding: the artist’s book unbound
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich
February 13 - April 14
Credits: Anthony Malone; American Artist; Claudine Boeglin; Erin Davis / Max C Lee; Galerie Andreas Schmidt; Giordano De La Cruz for ICP; Guaizine; HOUSING for American Artist; Jacque Donaldson for ICP; Jade Doskow; Jenyu Wang; Know Wave; Livio Baumgartner for Graphische Sammlung ETH Zurich; Molly Soda; Paul Soulellis; Richard Louissaint; Porpentine Charity Heartscape; Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; Signe Pierce & Alli Coates; Stephan Ruiz; Thomas James for Paris Ass Book Fair, Palais de Tokyo; William E. Jones; Zachary Kaplan. All photography and video appearing on this website is copyrighted either by the persons listed here or Christopher Clary LLC. All rights reserved.