Tag: Gray Swartzel

Immutable Stage: MFA Exhibition

Created within the current political tumult, new works by the 2018 CMU School of Art MFA candidates examine pop culture fantasies of entertainment, capital, and collapse.

Gray Swartzel: Mother Tongue No. II

Upon coming across a home video that presents both his pregnant mother and the artist as a newborn, Gray Swartzel performs a slapstick drag persona of his mother in order to queer his existence prior to birth.

Gray Swartzel: Mother Tongue No. 1

Upon coming across a home video that presents both his pregnant mother and the artist as a newborn, MFA Candidate Gary Swartzel acts as a drag character of his mother in order to queer his existence prior to birth.

Highest Grossing Film: The Sequel

Produced alongside the political theatre of 2017, “Highest Grossing Film: The Sequel” approaches issues of capital, entertainment, and collapse.

Joseph Gray Swartzel

Gray Swartzel is a multimedia artist who investigates his biological and constructed familial matrilineage through the lenses of gender construction and sexuality fabrication through public and personal masquerade. He works to blur the lines between masculinity/femininity, man/woman, and son/mother through concepts of bio-politics and psychoanalysis, such as Lacan’s objet petit a.