Anthony P Gorny

Faculty and Staff

Anthony P Gorny

Associate Professor
(716) 878-4307
Campus Address: Upton Hall 308G

AP Gorny’s work deals with the appearance of the same object in multiple forms, in the various stages of its metabolism, seemingly identical but always different. Shaped by the diverse contexts of their public presentation, instructed by the elements or works associated with them, his pieces remind observers of the way perceptions can shift and renew by the specific stakes of an exhibition. His work also deals with the memory of objects, their persistence in the physical world, and in our minds, as well as the mirror relationship they induce in viewers. While his pieces can imprint themselves lastingly in the memory of the public, they also bear the trace of their presentation in the spaces where they have been displayed. In his new program of practice, which combines varied, complementary, plurivocal artistic viewpoints through a spectrum of exhibition, bringing together historical works’ themes, with works by artists living, whether confirmed or emergent. As a teaching artist, he asserts our role as lookouts and relays for all artists who are working today- to produce the history of tomorrow; who invent their spaces, reflect on new forms; who activate, transform, metabolize the forms created by their predecessors with no allegiance to authority.

He received a BFA from SUNY College Buffalo in 1972; and a MFA from Yale University School of Art, 1974

His artwork is included in nearly 100 public collections: Brooklyn Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; S.R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Franklin Institute; National Gallery, Washington, D.C. And hundreds of private collections.

Fellowships received: The National Endowment for the Arts; Pennsylvania Council for the Arts; Pew Fellowships in the Arts; and Philadelphia Fairmount Park Commission.

Gorny previously taught at Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Bryn Mawr College; Pratt Institute of Art; Graduate Program University of the Arts, Philadelphia; Graduate School of Art University of Arizona, Tucson;  and the San Francisco Art Institute.  

  

 

AP Gorny, Artist Statement

Maturing in the aftermath of World War II with the threat of annihilation through nuclear conflict and the Vietnam War drastically changing the cultural landscape of everyday life of the United States, “destruction art” has been situated as the “discourse of the survivor,” and a method in which the visual arts cope with a society such as ours, structured by violence and its ever present underlying threats. “Destruction art” is the artistic and cultural work of avant-garde groups since the 1960s such as Fluxus, and take account of many artists such as myself, involved in art concerned with not just physical objects but also performing with various media. By integrating my body into conceptual works rather than just literal narratives of violence, Fluxus artists contest and redefine mainstream definitions of art, social relations, these hierarchies, and consciousness. Since I began work as an artist in the late 1960s, I have addressed such destruction through conceptual performances, and by presenting and modifying objects relevant to contemporary art and society. My attention to the internalization of violence also reflects contemporaneous queer theory that situates the body outside mere binary tropes as text and battleground. By repositioning violence in performance and artwork, I promote creative thinking, ultimately drawing out the reality of destruction that remains hidden within a physical and social body.

 

Fine Arts

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