Ward Shelley works as an artist in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in large projects that freely mix sculpture and performance. Utilizing eclectic influences and a variety of media, Shelley's installations include eccentric functioning architectural pieces in which he lives and works during an exhibition monitored with live surveillance video equipment.Shelley also works on a series of diagramatic paintings, timelines of culture-related subjects such as the careers of artists working in de-materialized media and the history of art scenes. The best known of these are the Williamsburg Timeline Drawing and Downtown Body, recently published by Bomb Magazine.Shelley has exhibited in more than 10 countries. Projects in New York include the Mir 2 Project, and the Voyage Platform. In 2004 Shelley lived and worked inside the walls of Pierogi Gallery for 5 weeks for "We Have Mice". Shelley also formed a collaborative artist group to realize the Flatland project at the SculptureCenter in 2007.Ward Shelley's work is in a number of museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Shelley received a painting and Sculpture award from the Joan Mitchell foundation, and has been a fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 2006. He has received NYFA and NEA fellowships in sculpture and new media categories, a Bessie Award for installation art, and grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He is represented by Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn.
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