Portrait by Leandro Justen

Portrait by Leandro Justen

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.

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2015

Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities Through Social Media, curated by Walt Cessna,  Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York.

 

2014

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 

 

2013

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

 

2012

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

 

2011

The Unseen, The Torrance Museum of Art, Torrance, CA

 

2010

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

 

2007

The Believers, curated by Elizabeth Thomas and Nato Thompson, MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA

Womanizer, curated by Kembra Pfahler, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

 

2006

Gay Art Now, curated by Jack Pierson, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

 

2005

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