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ABOUT

Biography and CV for selected exhibitions, commissions, projects, press, and professional activities. 

 Image © 2017 Nathaniel Willson.

BIOGRAPHY


Dylan Neuwirth (b. 1977, Athens, Georgia) is a contemporary artist working with light, space, and interactive technologies. He has participated in numerous solo, group, and public art exhibitions including curatorial and web-based projects. His work is in private and institutional collections, and has appeared in CreatorsBrooklyn Magazine, Artslant, Artsy, New American Paintings, artnet, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful/Decay, WIRED, and VICE. From 2007-2016, he executed large-scale architectural glass commissions across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as a Project Manager with Chihuly Studio. He is currently the Creative Director at Western Neon, Executive Director at Western Neon School of Art, represented by SEASON, and lives in Seattle, Washington.

STATEMENT


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. The sign was 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 got 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 light-based media and digital culture motifs to create multi-platform tableaus that point toward cycles of searching, belief, and transcendence. Knowing these nonobjective concepts are vital yet impossible to define, my hubristic attempts to resist the limits of control have nonetheless evolved into an obsessive DIY endeavor driven by an impulsive pursuit of freedom.

Since getting sober in 2011, my work has exposed the selfie generation through public art while mining the schizophrenic impact of social media. I've considered the elemental origins of the internet and remixed the skyline with symbol-clad telecom towers broadcasting psychic transmissions. I rendered visions of a post-human future, compressed the essence of stars into hermetically sealed networks, cloned aspects of my ego to create self-confession videos, and developed a virtual reality reconstruction of my childhood home from unreliable memories. Each effort has built on the other and all focus on a fragmented, phenomenological understanding of 21st-century existence.

CV


BACKGROUND
1977  Born: Athens, Georgia.

EDUCATION
2000  University of Georgia: Athens, Georgia — BFA/Sculpture (1995-2000).

PROFESSIONAL
2017  Western Neon School of Art: Seattle, Washington — Executive Director (2017-current).
2017  Western Neon: Seattle, Washington — Creative Director (2017-current).
2007  Chihuly Studio: Seattle, Washington — Project Manager (2007-2016).
2003  Consolidated Works: Seattle, Washington — Director of Visual Art (2003-2005).

REPRESENTATION
2013  SEASON: Seattle, Washington (2013-current).
2007  PUNCH Projects: Ellensburg, Washington (2007-2016).

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018  OMNIA, Bellevue Arts Museum: Bellevue, Washington — curated by Benedict Heywood.
2018  MMXVIII, Bumbershoot (courtesy of SEASON): Seattle, Washington — curated by Sam Warren, Tiffany Moss, and Robert Yoder.
2018  GENERATIONS, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2018  METANOIA, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2017  NEW FOLKLORE, Plexus Projects: Brooklyn, New York — curated by Laura Splan.
2016  NOT A HOLOGRAM, Glass Box: Seattle, Washington.
2015  CARS IN A CIRCLE, SEASON at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair: Miami, Florida.
2015  INTERFACE, Organic Produce: Seattle, Washington.
2015  ABSOLUTE ZERO, PUNCH Projects/NewHive: Seattle, Washington/Internet.
2014  GO WHERE NEW EXPERIENCES TAKE YOU, Two Shelves: Seattle, Washington.
2014  PRIVACY SETTINGS, Prole Drift: Seattle, Washington.
2014  MMXIV, Vermillion: Seattle, Washington.
2012  TIME'S ARROW, Interzone: Seattle, Washington.
2011  THE CONVERSATION, PUNCH Projects: Seattle, Washington.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018  The Woods, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery/Central Washington University: Ellensburg, Washington — curated by PUNCH Projects.
2017  Out of Sight, The Schoenfelds' Building: Seattle, Washington — curated by Greg Lundgren, S. Surface, and Benedict Heywood.
2017  (in)compatible, Interstitial: Seattle, Washington —curated by Julia Greenway.
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 Fair, PUNCH Projects: Seattle, Washington.
2015  Black Box Festival, Aktionsart: Seattle, Washington/Internet.
2015  DEEP WEB NEVERLAND, JETLAG: 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 Mukwonago, Bahamas Biennale Gallery: Mukwonago, Wisconsin — curated by Sean J. Patrick Carney.
2014  Out of Office, Colony Projects: Cardigan, United Kingdom/Internet.
2014  UP EVERY EVENING, SEASON: Seattle, Washington.

COMMISSIONS
2018  SCREENS, Bellevue Art Museum: Bellevue, Washington
2018  SOURCE CODE: EDITION 1, University of Oregon: Eugene, Oregon.
2018  MMXVIII, Bumbershoot: Seattle, Washington.
2016  JUST BE YOUR SELFIE, Tacoma Art Museum: Tacoma, Washington.
2015  TRYLON, University of Wyoming School of Art: Laramie, Wyoming.
2014  JUST BE YOUR SELFIECity of Seattle: Seattle, Washington.
2012  NOWBumbershoot: Seattle, Washington.

COLLECTIONS
2018  University of Oregon: Eugene, Oregon.
2015  University of Wyoming: Laramie, Wyoming.
2014  ART404: New York, New York.

PROJECTS
2015  DEEP WEB NEVERLANDJETLAG: Fahaheel, Kuwait/Internet — Curator.
2015  DISGUISE, Seattle Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Digital Content Strategist.
2014  #SocialMedium, Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Social Media Coordinator.

RESIDENCIES
2018  GENERATIONS, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2018  METANOIA, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2011  King County Work Education Release Program: Seattle, Washington.

LECTURES
2018  Visual Arts Career Day, Seattle Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Panel Speaker.
2017  Light and Space in The Built Environment, Gensler: Seattle, Washington.
2016  METANOIA, PNCA: Portland, Oregon.
2016  NOT A HOLOGRAMOlson Kundig: Seattle, Washington.
2015  NOT A HOLOGRAM, University of Wyoming School of Art: Laramie, Wyoming.
2014  Social Media and the Internet as a Medium, Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington.
2014  Social Media, Identity, and The Next Wave, Microsoft Research/studio99: Seattle, Washington.
2014  SEA PKN v. 54 - Technology + Art: Cultural Disruption & Innovation, Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park: Seattle, Washington.

SELECTED PRESS
2017  "The Future's So Bright," Rachel Gallaher, City Arts.
2017  "Out of Sight Is Big, Beautiful and Bright," Margo Vansynghel, City Arts.
2017  "Don't Slight Out of Sight," T. s. Flock, Seattle Weekly.
2017  "Seattle Art Fair and its little brother Out of Sight hop in the saddle for their third summer," Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times.
2017  "Dylan Neuwirth | A New Direction," Elena Parise and Nicola Wylie, MiND.
2017  "POV: Young Artists Fight an Uphill Battle in Seattle | #50StatesofArt," Julia Greenway, Creators.
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 Seattle.
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 Seattle.
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 Seattle.
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 Seattle.

PUBLICATIONS
2018  Lust For LightBerkley, California: Gingko Press — edited by Hannah Stouffer.
2015  College Art Association Directory of Graduate Programs in Visual ArtsNew York, New York/Internet: College Art Association — cover image.
2015  Library of the Printed Web #3New York, New York/Internet: Printed Web — curated by Paul Soulellis and in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Library.