Gary Setzer

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Mesopotamia Megalomania Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Mesopotamia Megalomania Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Generator Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Ineffable (I Did Not Know the Green) Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Wait / Weight Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Confusion of Tongues (Rebuilding the Tower of Babel Horizontally Out of Water) Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Panphonemic Mover II Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Respiration (Underwater) Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Battery (WORDS / SWORD) Performance Art © Gary Setzer
The Ghost Eater and The Stilt Rattler Performance Art © Gary Setzer
The Shift From Green and the Quietude of the Swallowing Ground Video Installation
Simultaneous Repellents (Repressed Sentient, Oppressed Séance) Performance Art © Gary Setzer
The Derivations Suite II: Literally Reaching Video Art © Gary Setzer
The Derivations Suite IV: The Projection Principle Video Art © Gary Setzer
Homonymous Confusion of Planes Performance Art © Gary Setzer
Quick Facts
Lives in
Tucson, AZ
Works in
Tucson, AZ
sound art, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, video-art, performance, conceptual, landscape, exhibition/performance
Gary Setzer’s transdisciplinary practice incorporates performance art, video art, sound, and installation. Enlisting familiar landmarks like the body, the landscape, minimalism, and humor as entry points, Setzer lures his audience into his conceptual framework—a theoretical space centered on our compulsory entanglements with language.
Setzer received his MFA from Ohio University and his BFA from The University of Akron. His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has performed, exhibited, and screened work in venues such as the Arsenale in Venice, The Wexner Center for the Arts, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, Tribeca Film Center, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Mobile Museum of Art, the CICA Museum in South Korea, Boston Center for the Arts, Tucson Museum of Art, and the Cincinnati Art Museum. In 2012, Setzer released the soundtrack for his performance, Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain, on the independent label Pretend Records. From 2010 until 2015, Setzer was awarded the Louise Foucar Marshall Professorship. This five-year endowed chair position recognized Setzer's contributions to the field and was funded by the Marshall Foundation. He currently lives and works in Tucson where he is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Arizona.
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