Kelly McCray has exhibited his work, curated exhibitions and directed galleries for the past 25 years. His photo-based work and videos have been exhibited in museums, public/commercial galleries, artist-run-centres, and international film festivals. In addition to receiving project grants, he was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Award for his 2001 Gnawts video/installation project. In 2013, he co-curated the Rare & Raw exhibition for the Leslie & Lohman Museum in New York and in 2019, co-produced the Artists Protest Project projections for Nuit Blanche. In 2021 he completed his MFA through York University.
Books in “Rapture” evolved from the Surveillance Well Tower, 2022 exhibited at the Plumb Gallery in 2022. The 5’ book tower became a type of “well of knowledge” where books extended from the past to the future, Infinitely.
Response to Facebook Metaverse, 2021
meh - Used to show that you are not at all interested or impressed by something (Oxford Dictionary)
ta - Natural infantile sound of gratitude…informal thanks in England and Wales amongst adults (Online Etymology Dictionary)
The blue fb brand background is made with blue lights reflecting through steam.
Gnawts 1, was derived from the Gnawts video I produced in 2000. The piece referenced AIDS and HIV, love and consumption, pain and pleasure. In the video, a male nude performer (artist) is bitten or gnawed on by a male figure in a suit, leaving a residue of “love bites” or marks of stigma.