Bio

 

Mores McWreath received a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MFA from the University of Southern California. He attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program. Recent solo and two person exhibitions/commissions include the New Museum, CUE Art Foundation, M+B Gallery, and Bryan Ohno Gallery. Select group shows include the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Walker Art Center, Art in General, Soloway Gallery, ar/ge kunst Bolzano, the International Studio & Curatorial Program, and Primetime. His videos have been screened in festivals and exhibitions both nationally and internationally including Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, NURTUREart, European Media Arts Festival Osnabrück, Taiwan International Video ExhibitionFonlad Portugal, Videomedeja Serbia, Crosstalk Budapest, 700IS Iceland, and the Jakarta International Video Festival. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is currently an Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union.

 

Statement

 

I build self-contained worlds that both offer up a mirror to our contemporary society and present potential alternatives. Recently I’ve been exploring the way that technological innovations have shaped the ever-shifting boundary between public and private forms of cultural expression. I’m interested in examining shifts in psychosocial behavior as we move away from a mass media landscape dominated by televisual entertainment and into a media environment focused on participatory social media. We live in a time of unprecedented public access to private information and that both disturbs and inspires me. Mediums such as smart phones, gaming, file sharing, GPS and user data tracking are where I locate themes of over-sharing, fetishism, racial privilege and abject humor. My studio-based practice involves using drawing, sculpture, sound-design and poetry to create worlds where photography, performance, and video can take place. I create scripts using found and invented text that I manipulate using techniques drawn from literature. These scripts form the core of photos and videos showcasing my own choreographed and improvised performances. I have an ardent desire to critically examine the world I live in by filtering new technologies through my mind and body and out into my art.