ABOUT

Biography and CV for selected solo and group exhibitions, press, projects, and studio practice activities. 

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BIOGRAPHY


When I was a child, my mom’s second husband gave her a custom made neon sign illustrating her name in red cursive letters. It hung above the door in our kitchen with ripple glass windows overlooking the woods. It’s where I first saw Blade Runner on a small black and white TV and heard Bowie's “Space Oddity” on the college radio station. Where I told someone, I loved them with no idea what that meant. 

The sign was like a beacon for me, and I could turn it on by pulling a brass chain on the transformer hidden in a cabinet by the stove. Across from this was a black hole under the sink where my mom kept her bourbon. It could get complicated in my house. The truth was fluid, and nothing seemed real.

But I always knew I could escape my sense of confusion by turning on the neon sign.

I combine these early memories of alienation, subconscious violence, and systemic addiction with digital culture motifs to create multi-platform tableaus that point toward cycles of searching, belief, and transcendence. Knowing these subjective concepts are vital yet impossible to define, my hubristic efforts to resist the limits of control have nonetheless evolved into an obsessive endeavor driven by a profoundly foolish pursuit of freedom.

After two decades in a self-induced coma, I created THE CONVERSATION in 2011. I followed this with TIME'S ARROW, each acting like sides A and B of a concept album about emerging from the ice of a wasted life into a weird new world. My 2012 architectural intervention NOW unified this discursive line of inquiry to compress the past, present, and future into a single luminous form. I sampled and remixed the generative language of Web 2.0 to create the synthetic tone poetry of MMXIV in 2013. Commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture in 2014, my massive neon meme JUST BE YOUR SELFIE transformed a city park into an active work of real-time internet art while my solo exhibition PRIVACY SETTINGS revealed personal details held tight beneath the surface. In 2015, I made dual-site meditation space ABSOLUTE ZEROinstalled glyph-clad tower TRYLON at the University of Wyoming, and presented INTERFACE at Pulse Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair. I completed post-apocalyptic project NOT A HOLOGRAM in early 2016 and was in Northwest Art Now at the Tacoma Art Museum curated by Juan Roselione-Valadez of the Rubell Family Collection. Later that same year, a component of SOURCE CODE was included in Rosetta at Unisex Salon in Brooklyn, New York. I’m currently producing a new series of sculpture incorporating helium, neon, argon, krypton, and xenon as well as collaborating with a small team on METANOIA — a virtual reality memoir set for release in Fall 2017. 

My work is in private and institutional collections, and has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Artslant, Artsy, New American Paintings, artnet, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful/Decay, WIRED, and VICE. 

I live and work in Seattle, Washington.

CV


BACKGROUND
1977  Born: Athens, Georgia

EDUCATION
2000  BFA/Sculpture, The University of Georgia/Lamar Dodd School of Art: Athens, Georgia

REPRESENTATION
2013  SEASON  2013 - Current

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016  NOT A HOLOGRAMGLASS BOX: Seattle, Washington
2015  CARS IN A CIRCLEPULSE Contemporary Art Fair, SEASON: Miami, Florida
2015  INTERFACEOrganic Produce: Seattle, Washington
2015  ABSOLUTE ZEROPUNCH/NewHive: Seattle, Washington/Internet
2014  GO WHERE NEW EXPERIENCES TAKE YOUTwo Shelves: Seattle, Washington
2014  PRIVACY SETTINGSProle Drift: Seattle, Washington
2014  MMXIV, Vermillion: Seattle, Washington
2012  TIME'S ARROW, Interzone: Seattle, Washington
2011  THE CONVERSATIONPUNCH: Seattle, Washington

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017  (in)compatible, Interstitial: Seattle, Washington
2017  Now Burning, Border Patrol: Portland, Maine
2016  ROSETTA, Unisex Salon: Brooklyn, New York - Curated by Doppelganger Projects
2016  Northwest Art Now, Tacoma Art Museum: Tacoma, Washington - Curated by Juan Roselione-Valadez
2015  Seattle Art Fair, SEASON: Seattle, Washington
2015  Seattle Art FairPUNCH: Seattle, Washington
2015  Black Box FestivalAktionsart: Seattle, Washington/Internet
2015  DEEP WEB NEVERLANDJETLAG: Fahaheel, Kuwait/Internet
2015  FR€€ ₮HI₦G$STCFTHOT: Leeds, United Kingdom/Internet - Curated by Jack Fisher
2015  IT'S MY BONE AND MY ONLY DELIGHT, SEASON: Seattle, Washington
2014  Art Basel MukwonagoBahamas Biennale Gallery: Mukwonago, Wisconsin (US)
2014  Out of OfficeColony Projects: Cardigan, United Kingdom/Internet
2014  UP EVERY EVENING, SEASON: Seattle, Washington

COMMISSIONS
2015  TRYLON, University of Wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming
2014  JUST BE YOUR SELFIECity of Seattle: Seattle, Washington
2012  NOWBumbershoot: Seattle, Washington

SELECTED PRESS
2017  "This Week in Net Art," Cecily Feitel, NewHive
2016  "What We Have Left: The Best in Art This Weekend," Rachel Miller, Brooklyn Magazine
2016  "Wednesday Web Artist of The Week: Dylan Neuwirth," Christian Peterson, Artslant
2016  "Game Art: Dylan Neuwirth's NOT-A-HOLOGRAM.MMXVI (2016)," Matteo Bittanti, Gamescenes. Art in The Age of Videogames
2016  "The Revenge of The Real: Dylan Neuwirth's NOT A HOLOGRAM," T. s. Flock, Vanguard
2015  "This Week in Net Art," Cecily Feitel, NewHive
2015  "Painting Highlights from the Seattle Art Fair and Out of Sight," Erin Langner, New American Paintings
2015  "The First Seattle Art Fair Attracts Local Tech Royalty," Sheila Farr, artnet
2015  "Zero Divided by Two is Still Zero," T. s. Flock, Vanguard
2014  "Museum Shows Its Most 'Liked' Paintings In Crowd-Curated Exhibition #SocialMedium," Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
2014  "Everybody's an Art Curator," Ellen Gammerman, Wall Street Journal
2014  "Provocative Neon Art Speaks to Web Slang," Lindsey Rae Gjording, Beautiful/Decay
2014  "Here's What Happens When You Let The Internet Curate an Art Museum," Graeme McMillan, WIRED
2014  "POST: A Glance at Dylan Neuwirth's Posthuman World," T. s. Flock, Vanguard
2014  "Dylan Neuwirth's Facebook Proposal," Laura Cassidy, Seattle Met
2014  "Sketchbook Porn: Dylan Neuwirth," Amanda Manitach, City Arts
2014  "We Watched New York's Sexiest Drug Princess Smoke Weird Shit," Mitchell Sunderland, VICE
2014  "Dylan Neuwirth at Season," Suzanne Beal, International Sculpture Center/re:sculpt
2014  "Interview Series: Dylan Neuwirth," The Fashion Law
2014  "Escape from New York," Alex Teplitzky, Tout Petite La Planète
2014  "Messages in Gas Under Glass," Jeremy Buben, Art Nerd Seattle
2014  "The Stranger Suggests," Jen Graves, The Stranger
2014  "Provoked by the Provocative," Jen Graves, The Stranger
2014  "Dylan Neuwirth," Nancy Guppy, Art Zone
2014  "Cold Fire," T. s. Flock, Vanguard

PUBLICATIONS
2015  College Art Association Directory of Graduate Programs in Visual Arts (cover) - College Art Association: New York, New York/Internet
2015  Library of the Printed Web #3 - curated and published by Paul Soulellis: New York, New York/Internet

RESIDENCIES
2015  Visiting Artist, University of Wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming

COLLECTIONS
2015  University of Wyoming School of Art: Laramie, Wyoming
2015  Private Collection: Seattle, Washington
2014  Private Collection: Los Angeles, California
2014  ART404: New York, New York
2012  Private Collection: Seattle, Washington

LECTURES
2016  METANOIA, PNCA: Portland, Oregon
2016  NOT A HOLOGRAM, Olson Kundig: Seattle, Washington
2015  NOT A HOLOGRAM, University of Wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming
2014  Social Media and the Internet as a MediumFrye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington
2014  Social Media, Identity and The Next Wave, Microsoft: Seattle, Washington
2014  SEA PKN v. 54 - Technology + Art: Cultural Disruption & Innovation, Olympic Sculpture Park: Seattle, Washington

PROJECTS
2015  Curator, DEEP WEB NEVERLANDJETLAG: Fahaheel, Kuwait/Internet
2015  Social Media Advisor & Creative Direction, DISGUISE, Seattle Art Museum: Seattle, Washington
2014  Social Media Advisor & Creative Direction, #SocialMedium, Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington

PROFESSIONAL
2007  Project Manager, Chihuly: Seattle, Washington  2007 - 2017
2003  Director of Visual Art, Consolidated Works: Seattle, Washington  2003 - 2005