Sondra Perry

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Artist Statement

Below is an edited compilation of every draft in my Gmail account titled ‘artist statement’ as of 7/22/2015

  1. How is diasporic blackness both contemporary and outside of history? Nam June Paik said, “Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence.” What if your body and its production has always been considered socially and technologically advanced (black bodies used as machinery, black folks as arbiters of underground cultures)?
  1. Self-construction has extended through virtual spaces we interface with on a daily basis, from amalgamations on desktops, to corporate data mining web applications like Facebook. What can these interfaces lend to reconfigurations of power, autonomy and the dimensionality of identity?
  1. Representation’s means of production as we understand them through media have become increasingly accessible. I’m interested in how one can use those tools to expose alternative visibilities.
  1. I’m, like, really into the Internet.
  1. My digital citizenship requires the acknowledgement of my privileged participation in a world in which networked connectivity is not synonymous with an equality of resources IRL.
  1. I make videos about the spatial relations of people, places, and objects. I make them with family, friends, and myself; we participate in a variety of actions. Together, as an assembled apparatus with many individual parts, we perform in the spaces where video production takes place.
  1. I make performances that illustrate the spatial relations of people, places, and objects. I make these performances with family, friends, and myself; we participate in a variety of actions. Together, as an assembled apparatus with many individual parts we become a stage and perform.
  1. Sometimes I make performances in places I create through the placement of objects in specific spaces called installations. I like to make objects that I sometimes call sculptures and put them in the spaces I call installations. Sometimes I make the objects out of things like wood or plastic or fabric, and sometimes I have them made by companies I find on the Internet; they then send the things I’ve asked them to make to my studio, and then I put those objects into installations.

1. I’m a lucky guy. I went to a school that had free wifi. I’m thankful for all the communities I’ve been able to participate in and be accountable to because of this connectivity. I like the autonomy of having my work on the Internet and the accessibility it has given folks who want to see it. I want to explore how imaging and the visual languages supported by digital literacy structure identity in virtual spaces. Everyone should be thanking white Jesus for all the Foxconn employees who make scrolling Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and video editing possible.




2015 MFA in New Genres, Columbia University, New York NY
2013 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison ME
2012 BFA in Expanded Media and 3 Dimensional Studies, Alfred University, Alfred NY


2015 Sondra Perry & Associate™ Make Pancakes and Shame the Devil, The Artist’s Institute, NYC
2015 Peg for the evening length sound art program “AMPLITUDE”, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn NY
2014 New Theories on Anti-gravity, Bottle Rocket Gallery, Fayetteville AR
2014 Sondra Perry & Associates… for the exhibition “RE: purpose”, FiveMyles (presented by MOCADA), Brooklyn NY
2012 Homecoming, Girl/Boy Gallery at Ox-Bow, Saugatuck MI
2010 Self Portraits as Consumable Objects for the exhibition “The Hoang and Perry Show”, Turner Gallery, Alfred NY

Selected Exhibitions 

2015 Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA
2015 A Curious Blindness, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York NY
2015 Born Into This, The Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University, New York NY
2014 Pandora’s Children, Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College, Memphis TN
2014 Of Present Bodies, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington VA
2014 RE: purpose, Presented by MoCADA, FiveMyles, Brooklyn NY
2014 Columbia MFA First Year Exhibition, Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York NY
2014 Networking Tips for Shy People, 200 Livingston St., Brooklyn NY
2013 Global Fold – 43 Latitude, Jilin University, Changchun China
2013 Exile, El Rincon Social, Houston TX
2013 Congregation, 106 Green, Brooklyn NY
2013 S’Long As It’s Yours, Gallery Aferro, Newark NJ
2012 Young, Gifted, & Black: Transforming Visual Media, The Camera Club of New York, New York NY
2011 Art. Science. Body, The Stoop Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2010 VIDEOPA, La Pan Art Gallery, Berlin Germany
2010 Profile 2010: School of Art and Design at Alfred University, The Gem Hotel, New York NY
2010 We Do What We Want Part II: Hot Video, Turner Gallery, Alfred NY
2010 BFA Thesis Exhibition, Davis Gym, Alfred NY
2010 The Hoang and Perry Show, Turner Gallery, Alfred NY
2009 Shook Ones Part I, John Woods Studio, Alfred NY
2009 We Do What We Want!, Harder Hall Lobby, Alfred NY


2010 WAS HERE, Hudson Beach Glass, Philadelphia PA
2010 Video Art and Experimental Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York NY
2010 Loop Barcelona Media Arts Festival, Barcelona Spain
2010 The Media Lab, The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing China
2010 Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Shenyang China
2009 Les chiens sur La Lune (Dogs on the Moon), Les Voutes, Paris France


2015 RECESS Art, Sessions Residency (upcoming)
2015 Core Fellow at Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX (upcoming, 2015-2016)
2013 Institute for Electronic Arts (with fellowship), Alfred NY
2012 Oxbow Fall Artist-in-Residency (with fellowship), Saugatuck MI
2011 Vermont Studio Center (with fellowship), Johnson VT
2011 Experimental Television Center, Oswego NY


2013 Worldstudio AIGA Scholarship, New York NY
2013 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Scholarship, Madison ME
2013 Visual Arts Scholarship, Columbia University NY
2010 Senior Award for outstanding BFA Thesis Exhibition, Alfred University NY
2007 Marlin Miller Tuition Portfolio Scholarship, Alfred University NY


2015 Panelist. Black Artists on Social Media, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn NY
2014 Guest lecturer for the course History, Theory, and Practice of the Image, SVA, New York NY
2014 Visiting Artist, Hampshire College, Amherst MA
2014 Screening and artist talk, Backspace Gallery, Fayetteville AR
2013 Visiting Artist, Benjamin Banneker High School (organized by MoCADA), Brooklyn NY

Star Chart

Sun: Scorpio, Moon: Taurus, Rising: Gemini, Venus: Scorpio

Selected Bibliography

2015 Johnson, Paddy. “Stories Made With Love: Sondra Perry’s Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation” Art F City July 7

2015 Graves, Jen. “SAM Invokes New Spirits in the Ambitious Disguise: Masks and Global African Art” The Stranger June 24

2015 Lopez, Xavier. “Disguise – A Wonderful Night Spent At The Seattle Art Museum–Becoming The Art Museum For A City That Is Growing, Changing And Always Experimenting” blog June 20

2015 Kuruvilla, Tara. “Big Eyes” Vogue India May 26

2015 Heddaya, Mostafa. “A Curious Blindness” at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery” BLOUIN ARTINFO May 18

2015 Cotter, Holland. “Review: ‘A Curious Blindness’ at Wallach Art Gallery” New York Times May 7

2015 Drew, Kimberly. “Towards a New Digital Landscape: Representation, Erasure, and the Future of Digital Art” Walker Art Center Blog May 1

2015 Booker, Aerielle. “Sondra Perry’s Performance of 42 Black Panther Balloons on 125th Street in Harlem” AADAT Blog February

2014 O’Sullivan, Michael. ” Art review: ‘Reprise: 40 to the Fore’ at the Arlington Arts Center” The Washington Post July 24

2013 ”Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know” Huffington Post February 26