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Bryan Volta

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  • 20150106013154-perfect_heavy_s
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  • 20140703161159-immaterial_girl
  • 20140615154119-bryan-volta-exhibition
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  • 20150327023113-immaterial_girl
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Cincinnati, OH

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University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015, BFA

photography, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract



I take great interest in human psychology regarding obsessive and compulsory actions. This interest stems in part from my career as a sleep technologist conducting research on nocturnal human behavior. My experiences have given me insight into how we connect with both objects and others in a physical and psychological manner. I am fascinated by the way our relationships with secondary bodies become distorted perversions of their sources. I often find myself drawn to the deceptive nature of perception, in particular, the moments when perception latches itself to traumatic albeit pleasurable experiences. I create objects and images that depict my fascination with the plasticity of reality. These works allude to gruesome acts, death, or pleasure that reflect on the mutability of the senses in both body and mind.


I currently live and work in Chicago, IL.



 Awards | Residencies


2014         ArtSlant Prize / 3rd Showcase series Juried Winner (sculpture)

                 ACRE Residency / Steuben, WI

                 Luminarts Visual Arts Exhibition Finalist / Chicago, IL

                 Nominee - Yale Norfolk Scholar / Norfolk, CT                     

                 Art and Exhibition Hall Competition Winner / Gallery 400

2013-15    Art Merit Award / University of Illinois at Chicago





2015         ACRE Residency Exhibition / ACRE Projects, Chicago, IL Upcoming

2014         Dock 6 #8 / Dock 6 Collective, Chicago, IL

                 Mythology of Masculinity / Chicago Loop Alliance, curated by ArtSlant, Chicago,IL

                 Luminarts Cultural Foundation Visual Arts Exhibition / Chicago, IL

                 On Collision / GBU, Chicago, IL

                 Room 1702 / CAA, Chicago, IL

                 Introspection: Anatomy of the Interior / GBU, Chicago, IL

                 Surrogate / Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

2013         ARGUS: Organic Visual Archive / Johalla Projects, Chicago, IL

Recent Exhibits

Bryan Volta participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2015 ArtSlant Prize Exhibition 2015
Aqua Art Miami
Jun, 2014 Mythology of Masculinity
Pop-Up Art Loop
Jan, 2014 Surrogate
Gallery 400
Aug, 2013 ARGUS: Organic Visual Archive
Johalla Projects
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