“In the art of Walt Cassidy, jewelry, sculpture, drawing and photography collide. Process feeds process; he works it through, works it out even – in what constitutes an art of translation. Biography is fractured into distilled moments of metaphor and motif. Viewing his art is like sneaking a peep of a diary, but that diary is coded and enigmatic: sensory – not legible.”
- Alice Butler for König Magazine, Berlin.
Walt Cassidy (American, b. 1972) is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, New York. His explorative and allegorical work incorporates photography, drawing, sculpture, painting and jewelry. He utilizes a wide range of materials, imbued with the talismanic, emphasizing elemental principles through narrative abstraction, aestheticism and conceptualism.
Throughout the 1990s, as Waltpaper, he was at the center of the New York City Club Kids, and founded the conceptual hardcore band BOOB (1995-1998).
In 2014, Walt Cassidy Studio was established as a brand to encompass artwork, jewelry, functional objects.
His artworks has been exhibited at MASS MOCA; Paul Kasmin Gallery; Deitch Projects; 303 Gallery; Torrance Art Museum; Watermill Center; Vox Populi; Natalie Kates Projects; Leslie-Lohman Museum, and Invisible Exports.
He has collaborated with the Brazilian brand Melissa, produced editions with The Long Life China Company, and designed the jewelry for Derek Lam's Spring/Summer 2016 Collection.
The jewelry works have been featured at Laloon , The Limited Edition Miami Beach and currently at The Feathered in Mexico City. Publications include Vogue, Elle, Artforum, The Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal Magazine, In Style, The New York Times, Style.com, Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Interview and Harpers Bazaar.
Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media, curated by Walt Cessna, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York.
The Botanica, curated by AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose, Invisible Exports, New York
Trip The Light Fantastic, curated by Natalie Kates Projects, High Line Gallery, New York.
Walt Cassidy - The Nervous Peal Collection, Jewelry Pop Up, ODD., New York
ARTCORE, Galerie Melilli Manchinetti, Berlin
Drawing Down The Moon, curated by Andrew Suggs, VOX POPULI, Philadelphia, PA
Devil’s Heaven, The Watermill Center, Watermill NY
Bufffalo #2 ,The Opening, Madrid, Paris, Tokyo, London
The Wishing Well, Galeria Melissa, New York, NY
I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, NY
NADA Art Fair Miami, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, Booth 305, Miami FL
BANZAI!!!, The Red Lotus Room, Brooklyn NY
The Displaced Person, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY
The Unseen, The Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA
Summer Camp / Lost Horizon, curated by Billy Miller, This Is Exile, Berlin, Germany
The Protective Motif, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York, NY
Closed For Installation, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
The Believers, curated by Elizabeth Thomas and Nato Thompson, MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA
Womanizer, curated by Kembra Pfahler, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Gay Art Now, curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Male Multiple, curated by Desi Santiago, Stay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Selected Bibliography and Press
Alison S. Cohn, "It Takes Two", ELLE, December 2015
Lynn Yeager, "Walt Cassidy: Natural Instinct", Vogue, June 2015
Walt Cassidy, “Historic Fiction: Life Inside The Club Kids”, Candy Magazine #8, December 2014
Kembra Pfahler, “Interview - Walt Cassidy:Performance Art 101 Part I &II”, Know-Wave Radio, Dec. 2014
Honey Redmond, "Club Kid Turned Modern Day Shaman", Style.com, September 19, 2014.
Justin Fulton, "In The House: Walt Cassidy", OAK Blog, August 2014.
James Nichols, “After Dark: Meet Walt Cassidy, Artist...”, The Huffington Post, May 31, 2014.
Alice Butler, “Work-Out” - An Interview With Walt Cassidy, Koenig Magazine, 2014
Juliana Huxtable, "The Blossoming Cage", BARON #3 Magazine, 2014
Paradigm Volume 1, 2014
WarpTV/Art Brut, “Walt Cassidy”, Art Brut series, Televised Artist Profile
Ernie Glam and Alexis Dibasio, FABULOUSITY, Wildlife Press, 2013
Katherine K. Zarrella, “Quality Control”, BON Magazine, Stockholm, August/Winter 2013
Jake Shears, “Meet Waltpaper, Meet Walt Cassidy”, BUFFALO zine #2, 2013
Lorenzo Martone, “Art Basel Miami”, Fashion Week Daily, 2012
Lisa Anastos, “Dear Daily! Live From Art Basel Miami Beach, Fashion Week Daily, 2012
Victor P. Corona, “Walt Cassidy”, VITRINE Magazine, Summer 2012
Joseph Akel, “The Displaced Person”, ARTFORUM, January 2012
Kathleen Massara, “The Displaced Person”, Huffington Post, January 2012
Doug McClemont, “Top Ten Shows in New York”, Saatchi Online, January 2012
Beth Citron, Critic’s Pick, ARTFORUM, April 2010
Christopher Bollen, “The Magic of Walt Cassidy”, Interview Magazine, March 2010
Alex Gartenfeld, “The Interpretation of Dreams”, Interview Magazine, April 2010
Jack Pierson, “Diary”, Whitewall Magazine, Summer 2008
Club Kids, Black Dog Pubishing Limited, London, 2008
John E. Mitchell, “Following the Ritual”, North Adams Transcript, May 2007