Curated by: Bailey Bob Bailey
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8, 7pm
The Provincetown Art Association & Museum (PAAM) will present Jay Critchley, Incorporated: the first-ever museum survey of Provincetown artist Jay Critchley’s work, spanning more than 30 years. We hope you’ll join us for a free reception celebrating the opening of this exhibition and the Members’ 12×12 Exhibition and Silent Auction on Friday, May 8 at 7pm. #CritchleyInc
Critchley’s notoriety is fueled internationally by the alternative and mainstream media with one compelling, visionary proposal and idea after another, relentlessly tackling the big issues of our time, always with a baffling sense of humor, seriousness and timing: from global pathogens to plastics and the car culture, from climate change to corporate domination. What is the American Dream? He asks.
Resourceful at locating inspired places and ethereal niches to realize his ideas, Critchley finds unexpected and imagined locations and architectural sites for his temporary installations, subversive actions and performances and synergistic collaborations: transforming nuclear cooling towers and pre-demo motels, his backyard septic tank and an underground mausoleum, historic outhouses and Boston’s Big Dig tunnels.
The global media has created an interactive relationship with Critchley’s “public proposals” and projects − an unintended collusion that promoted and disseminated his ideas − long before social media.
His corporate personas and enterprises have challenged the dominance of corporations in a democratic society. He is founder and President of the NRC, (Nuclear Recycling Consultants,) TACKI (Tampon Applicator Creative Klubs International), Old Glory Condom Corporation (worn with pride country-wide the patriotic condoms imprinted with the American flag), and the IRS (International Re-Rooters Society), with its annual ritual and the burning of a Christmas tree/boat at sunset in Provincetown Harbor.
He is also founder and director of the Provincetown Community Compact and the annual Swim for Life, which has raised close to $4M for AIDS, women’s health and the Provincetown community.
Critchley’s work is exhibited, performed and presented throughout the US, Europe, Columbia, Argentina and Japan. He has won awards from Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston Society of Architects, Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Museum in NYC and an HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. He has been awarded artist residencies at Williams College, Harvard University, AS220 in Rhode Island, MilePost5 in Portland, Oregon, Harvestworks NYC, and Fundacion Valparaiso, Almeria, Spain and CAMAC, Marnay sur-Seine, France.
Critchley is featured in: Ptown Diaries, documentary film, 2009; the book Ptown-Art, Sex, and Money on the Outer Cape by Peter Manso, 2002; Under Wraps, documentary film, 1996; PBS documentaries: Provincetown, USA, 1990; Troubled Waters-Plastics in the Marine Environment, 1989; The Cultural Battlefield: Art, Censorship, & Public Funding by Jennifer A. Peter and Louis M. Crosier, 1995; and Sex and Death to the Age of 14, by Spaulding Gray, 1986.
A Jay Critchley, Incorporated catalog will be published by Provincetown Arts Press in collaboration with the Provincetown Public Library, who will publish it in eBook format. In 2016 the show will travel to Florida Atlantic University Galleries in Boca Raton. Future venues will later be announced.