Cory Arcangel is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes work in a wide range of media, including music, video, modified videogames, performance, and the Internet. Arcangel often makes use of appropriation as a strategy, drawing on source materials that range from best-selling albums to Photoshop gradients. His work explores the nature of cultural production and consumption in a media- and technology-saturated world.
Petra Heck, curator at the Netherlands Media Art Institute described Arcangel's work as follows: "Cory Arcangel hacks, manipulates and reuses various technological applications, including video games, web software, film and print media. In doing so he comments on digital media technologies and cultures while at the same time continuing to seek the possibilities that present themselves on the cutting edge of humor, theory and technological shortcomings. His interest in technology spans from the vernacular or non-expert to the conscious disrupting of digital techniques. Using techniques common to conceptual art and performance, Arcangel's work often comments on the relationship between these two."
Cory Arcangel was born in 1978 in Buffalo, New York. He received a B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has received grants from Turbulence, Harvestworks, and Creative Capital, and was awarded the Jury Prize of the 2005 New York Underground Film Festival.
Arcangel has exhibited work at international institutions. He has had solo shows at Lisson Gallery, London (2011); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2011); Barbican Art Gallery, London (2011); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010-11); Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2010); Power Plant, Toronto (2010); University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2010); migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich; FACT, Liverpool, UK, and at Team and Deitch galleries in New York, among others.
His work has also been included in group shows, at venues such as Lisson Gallery, London; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the 2004 Whitney Biennial, New York; the American Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens; Royal Academy of Art, London; the New York Video Festival; Eyebeam, New York, and Anthology Film Archives, New York. Arcangel has also presented a variety of performance pieces at museums, galleries and other venues, including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
In 2011, Arcangel became the youngest person to be honored with a one-person show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, with the exhibition Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools.
Links to many of Arcangel's Internet projects can be found at his Web site: www.coryarcangel.com
Arcangel lives in Brooklyn, NY.