Brief Bio

Bill Gusky was born in St. Louis, Missouri. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he later earned his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Gusky is known for mashing up a variety of techniques and media into compelling, colorful, often humorous artworks, as well as for ranging widely in bold explorations of style and imagery. His painting Cherry Bomb includes elements from 1960's cartoons The Jetsons and Johnny Quest, greeting card art, a quote from Star Wars IV: A New Hope, and an original character designed as an anthropomorphized Christian cross holding a cigarette in one hand and a large lit firework in the other. Gusky's interest in juxtapositions of classical figuration with contemporary culture can be seen in smaller watercolor paintings inspired by family photographs such as Dream Collector, in which a magenta-modeled figure reaches a dipnet forward into fluorescent yellow nothingness, and Market, a study of a seated boy with an oversized head presiding over a collection of cones. The impetus for many of Gusky's artworks is the absurdity, confusion, and comedy of the human predicament. Among a variety of media explorations, in 2011 the artist created a series of stereoscopic 3D images for View-Master viewer, combining family photos, drawings, cartoon art, and hand-painted elements in a narrative work titled The Inertia Garden. These images and their viewing format - a popular children's toy that was itself a reincarnation of a 1940's travel photo viewer - reveal Gusky's interest in cultural trajectories and the experience of time as embodied in repurposed objects and imagery. Gusky is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Emerging Artist award from Boston's St. Botolph Club Foundation. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and his work is a feature of many private collections. Bill Gusky lives with his wife and cat in rural Connecticut.

Education

MFA – Massachusetts College of Art and Design
BFA – Pratt Institute


Select Distinctions

Dave Bown Projects 9th Semiannual Competition (Curators: Steven Matijcio, Dominic Molon, Marina Pacini) Honorable Mention - 2014

Residency Award, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE – 2012

Residency Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT – February, 2012

Emerging Artist Award, St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA – 2010

Distinguished Panelist, Blogpix Panel Discussion on Art Blogging – Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY – May 25, 2009

Invited ongoing contributor to The Art-Tistics, an art blog published by Minds Eye Art Moving and Storage, Boston, MA – 2009

Requested by artist John Morris to write the position paper for The Blogger Show, produced through Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA – October, 2007

Requested by artist Steven LaRose to write an article for the catalog of his exhibition Portraits or Landscapes from the Uncanny Mist held at Kristi Engle Gallery, Highland Park, CA – June, 2007

Community Advisory Board Member, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, Hartford, CT – 2006-2007

 

 


Press

Steve Rockwell - ReVision All Over Again - dART International Magazine, Spring/Summer 2016

D. Dominick Lombardi - Amanda Cooper and the Exquisite Porch - Huffington Post, March 1, 2016

Jeanne Wilkinson - New York’s Lesley Heller Workspace, ‘Shaky Ground’: Seeing Nature in New Ways - Artes Magazine, February 4, 2016

Lisa Marsova - ReVision curated by D. Dominick Lombardi at Galerie Protégé - Arte Fuse, December 1, 2015

Torrington: Five Points Gallery to host new exhibit The Ruckus on Main Street- Oneida Daily Dispatch, July 5, 2013

D. Dominick Lombardi - Detonate: Chaos and Consumerism at Denise Bibro Fine Art - Mana Fine Arts Blog, February 24, 2012

Victoria Weseley – Cartoons of the Future: McLean Project for the Arts Exhibits Work by Bill Gusky McLean Patch, January 28, 2011

Lauren Edmondson - Shiny New Tomorrow: New Work by Bill Gusky - McLean Patch, January 10, 2011

Shirley J. Gregory – Artist's Work Goes Beyond the Pale: New Exhibits Open at the McLean Project for the ArtsMcLean Connection, January 26 - February 1, 2011, p4

Taylor E. Polites – Space to Discover; MassArt / FAWC Low-Residency MFAArtscope Magazine Vol 4 No 6, January & February 2010, pp 52-53

Jordan Bartel – Artsy weekend: Personal journeys at School 33 –b the site, the website of Baltimore's "b" Magazine, August 5, 2009

Joanne Mattera – Awash in Color: More Friends of Mr. Biv – Joanne Mattera Art Blog, June 21, 2008

Joy GarnettThe Blogger Show opening in NYC + elsewhere... – NEWSgrist blog - where spin is art, November 3, 2007

Edward Winkleman – The Blogger Show – Edward_Winkleman blog, October 17, 2007

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

The Ruckus – Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CT – July 12-August 11, 2013

 

The Inertia Garden – New Milford Public Library, New Milford, CT – April 14-May 27, 2012

 

The Atomic Overcoat Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, CT – March 3-March 30, 2012

 

Shiny New Tomorrow - McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA – Jan. 20-March 5, 2011

 

 

 

Select Group Exhibitions

Tell Me a Story – The B Complex Gallery – Atlanta, GA – October 5 – 18, 2016

 

The Nkisi Project – The Center for Visual Art – Denver, CO – June 3 – July 2, 2016

 

Exquisite Porch – Morean Arts Center – St. Petersburg, FL – March 12 - May 1, 2016

 

Shaky Ground – Lesley Heller Workspace – New York, NY – January 8 to February 16, 2016

 

reVision – Galerie Protégé – New York, NY – November 12 to December 31, 2015

 

The Writing on the Wall – The Painting Center – New York, NY – June 23 to July 18, 2015

 

The Walker Art Committee National Multi-Media Art Exhibition – The Walker Art Gallery – Garnett, KS – April 11 to May 16, 2015

 

The Animal Heart – The Slater Memorial Museum – Norwich, CT – June 15 to August 10, 2014

 

Show for a Show – Artwell Gallery – Torrington, CT – August 24 to September 29, 2013

 

Slide Slam – Real Art Ways – Hartford, CT – December 20, 2012

 

Strange Glue: Collage at 100 – Thompson Gallery at The Cambridge School – Weston, MA – September 10, 2012 - June 21, 2013

 

Detonate: Chaos and Consumerism – Denise Bibro Fine Art – New York, NY – February 2 - February 24, 2012

 

Wee Works by Awesome Artists II – The Norfolk Library – Norfolk, CT – December 2, 2011– January 13, 2012

 

Crop Circle – Field Projects – Watertown, CT – October 28 - December 1, 2011

 

Foundation on Parade – St. Botolph Club Foundation, Boston, MA – October 25 - November 21, 2011

 

The Global Perspective: Understanding the Past, Looking to the Future – The Gallery at Worcester State University – Worcester, MA – October 20 - December 1, 2011

 

Cultural Crossroads – Associated Artists of Winston-Salem – Winston-Salem, NC – October 13 - November 23, 2011

 

4th Annual Juried Exhibition – Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA – August 3 - September 3, 2011

 

Litchfield County Screen Project – Various locations, Torrington, CT – June 30 - August 25, 2011

 

Instructions for Initial Conditions – Parallax Space, Lincoln, NE – November 5 - 29, 2010

 

Shunpikers – School 33, Baltimore, MD – August 7 - October 3, 2009

 

Lost Weekend – La Motta Fine Art, Hartford, CT – January 17 - 24, 2009

 

R • E • S • P • E • C • T (artists on pedestals) – CreateHere Collective, Chattanooga, TN – July 18 - September 8, 2008

 

The Blogger Show – Digging Pitt Gallery, New York, NY and Pittsburgh, PA – November 10, 2007 - January 12, 2008

 

50/50, a traveling exhibition of new media objects curated by Sue Berg and Daniel Buttrey Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT – ArtSpace, Windham, CT – ArtSpace, Norwich, CT – ArtSpace, Hartford, CT Nov 4, 2007 - Feb 25, 2008

 

Small Works- Digging Pitt Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA – Nov 11, 2006 - Feb 3, 2007