A public garden & cultural center

Chad Stayrook

Winter Workspace 2016

Pictured above: Landship (video still), 2013
1080p video with sound
Image courtesy of the artist


Chad Stayrook often combines video, installation and performance to play the role of an artist/research scientist/adventurer documenting the process of discovery. Stayrook resuscitates the methods of historical explorers whose exploits tended toward the romantic, even the magical. Stayrook brings these pursuits into a contemporary world dominated by empirical procedures, where the romance of scientific inquiry has been discouraged. He gathers source material by exploring natural phenomena and unusual landscapes, while drawing upon unexpected moments and fantastical elements that push against the experience of realism. During the Winter Workspace, Stayrook will continue with his exploratory, narrative-video series, responding to the gardens, grounds and buildings of Wave Hill. The new story will feature an interplanetary explorer who creates devices out of organic debris and can only survive in cold winter weather.

Stayrook has had solo exhibitions at Guttenberg Arts, Guttenberg, NJ; Rooster Gallery-Project Space, New York, NY; SARDINE, Brooklyn, NY; Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; the Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore, MD; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; and Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, CA, among others. He has participated in residencies at Coast Time Residency, Cutler City, OR; Space and Time Residency, Guttenberg Arts; De Fabriek Artist in Residence, Eindhoven, Netherlands; Lower East Side Studio Program, Artists Alliance Inc., New York, NY; Swing Space Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY; I-Park Art in Residence Program, East Haddam, CT; The Arctic Circle, The Farm Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Inc., New York, NY; and The Tin Shop, Breckenridge, CO. Stayrook received a BFA in Sculpture from Ohio University, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.