An interview with multidisciplinary artist James Chrzan, by Wes Wittry, Art Director at Special Special. Chrzan's Hygrothermograph Drawings and Matchbook Poetry projects are featured in our Artists' Tools exhibition, currently on view at Special Special.
James Chrzan is an artist, writer, and musician based in Ridgewood, NY. His work engages in the long tradition of the dematerialized art object. He founded the Ridgewood Community Seed Vault in 2019 and curates the non-corporeal fine art gallery Famous Chimps. A collection of new poems, Nice Job Haunting Me, was published by Puppy American in 2019. Narcissus pseudonarcissus, an opera in two acts written with Rachel Hillery, will premiere in 2020. He plays drums in the band Julep Maisey and releases music under the name, My Life as a Kinetic Sculpture.
Chrzan also gave a performance as My Life as a Kinetic Sculpture, alongside Julep Maisey, and Lucky Frog, as part of our Together Alone, Spring 2020 virtual programming.