Chris Coy’s work inhabits an uncanny valley of gestures created through the encoding of libidinal desire through digital interventions. Rooted in the expression of cultural and psychological repression, Coy embeds this terrain within varied multimedia installations, paintings, photographic assemblages and video works. In situating his work in the rituals of social identification, beauty, sexuality and superfluidity, Coy addresses how the visual paints a vector towards both unknowable and transcendent potentialities.
Chris Coy (b. 1980, Provo, UT) received his MFA at the Roski School of Visual Arts at USC in 2012. He has previously exhibition work at institutions including the New Museum (New York, NY); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT); Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA); the Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam, Netherlands); and the 5th Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He has shown work at galleries including Johan Berggren (Malmö, Sweden); Michael Thibault (Los Angeles, CA); Honor Fraser (Los Angeles, CA); Import Projects (Berlin, Germany); and COUNTY (Palm Beach, FL). He is also a former member of the internet art collective Nasty Nets. Coy lives and works between Los Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV.