Kai Bryan is a multi-mediaartist, circus and drag performer based in St. John’s,Ktaqmkuk (colonially known as Newfoundland). Their practice includes performance, video,installation, sculpture and textiles. Kai’s work wants to seduce you;sumptuous textures, cinematic lighting, and exposed flesh beckon the viewer toproject desire so that it can be disrupted. Repetition and rhythm in form,gesture, and material help them to unpack social coding and navigate embodiedtension. Film, pop culture, craft and fashion history and contemporarydecal-based aesthetics bubble up in Kai’s work, with a healthy dose of dada-esqueabsurdism. Kai works independently and in various collaborativepartnerships.
Kai’s work has been exhibitedin solo and group exhibitions, screening series, and festivals including: Nervouswhether, The Rooms (St. John’s) and Grenfell Art Gallery (Corner Brook), NL(2016-17); SOFT, curated by Coral Short, Berlin, Germany (2017); HOLDFAST, with Pepa Chan, St. John’s, NL (2016); Wild, Pure Aesthetic Wonder,Craft Council Gallery, St. John’s, NL (2015); MIXCopenhagen, Copenhagen,Denmark (2015), MixNYC, Brooklyn, New York (2014); Wade In,curations by Jason Penney/Mary MacDonald and Zach Pearl, Toronto and St.John’s, ON/NL (2014-15). Kailey is a founding member of Tongue & GrooveCollective (Toronto) who create interactive installation and community-basedprojects from reclaimed materials in exhibitions including: Gift Shop GiftShop, curated by Pascal Paquette and Sean Martindale at the Art Gallery ofOntario (2012); Fix-em-up Free Market, Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto,ON (2011); and Odds & Entries, XPace Gallery, Toronto, ON (2010).Kailey received their BFA with Honours from York University (2010), and is therecipient of the VANL-CARFAC Emerging Artist of the Year Award (2014), theLouis Odette Award for Sculpture, and the EJ LIghtman Sculpture Award.