Elliot Reed

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I produce time-based, performance works that deal with the creation, distortion, and destruction of character. I (the artist) function as a tool for transport and deception and must affirm, then subvert the viewer’s expectations in order to progress my narratives. In this way, the work is about trust. My performance art is a world building activity, and essentially a team sport.

Often I start performances by singing to the room without amplification or additional music. This is my way of changing the character of the space. My unaccompanied voice disarms,  and creates a focused energy within the audience. The first few moments of hush are nothing short of magic.

I (the individual) am deeply concerned with creating spaces open for education, play, and questioning. As I continue to grow, I intend to open up as many rifts as possible, pushing and pulling on signifiers, learning more about myself and others through participation.



The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago  /  Fine Arts
Undergraduate Merit Scholarship recipient. Focus in sound, performance, and video

Performance Master Class with Vaginal Davis, Berlin
EU/Asia tour Summer 2018
COMEDY – Full Length Album 2018/19

Visiones Obsidianas Solo Performance, Mooi Collective, Mexico City
Severance Package Solo Performance, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
It Was Quite A Fiction Group Show with Harry Dodge, Kandis Williams, Carmen Argote, Jennifer Moon, and Mariah Garnett, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
COMEDY  Solo Performance, Nous Tous Gallery Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
Happenings: Oracle Solo Performance at The Broad Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Running The Gauntlet Section V Live performance at VFD London,
You Fucking Thought Live performance w/ Dove Ayinde at Commonwealth & Council Los Angeles, CA
Japan Tour 3 performances in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
Running The Gauntlet Section IV Performance at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
DADDY: The Game Video Game Collaboration with Archie Prakash, Los Angeles + Paris
International Tour Kick Off Solo art show, and group performance program. Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Pipeline Live Performance at The Depression Chamber, Pomona, CA
On Water Original performance work for the LA Public Art Biennial, Los Angeles, CA
Black Ink Ritual Performance at Elephant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A___ Inutility performed at Mata Noise, Los Angeles, CA
Disfiguring Traditions: Reader Launch,  Original writing and published  edition Of 10 risograph printed books with Kandis Williams. SADE Gallery,  Los Angeles, CA
Walking Meditation, with Ron Athey, Maria Garcia, Yunuen Rhi, and Divinity Fudge, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
Running The Gauntlet (Sections I, II & III)  Performed at Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
P o r n A g a i n Vol.2-A$$Mutation Collaboration with Sofia Moreno, The Learning Machine, Chicago, IL
Kahlon Live music performance, Baltimore, MD
The Culture Wars Cabaret, Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis, MN
Poet Video II Collaboration with Keijuan Thomas, Pinky Swear, Chicago, IL
Idapalooza Live Music Performance, Dowelltown, TN
BLEACH performance with Laura Callier, Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL
Rainbow In The Dark Tour (RITD), Group performance art tour & documentary project, multiple venues in Tucson AZ, Phoenix AZ, Marfa TX, Austin TX, Los Angeles CA,
Artist Talk, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
A Poem Live A/V  performance and artist talk, Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN
Anxiety Magic Full Length Studio Album, Released Nov 2014.
Home Alone 3000 Composed and performed live score for film by Shannon Lee, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL
Radio Dada, Collective weekly radio show, University of Chicago WHPK 88.5FM , Chicago, IL
Airplay Live music collaboration with Tomasz Jurczak. Northwestern University WNUR 89.3FM, Chicago, IL