Bryce Galloway is a transdisciplinary artist who works across fanzines, drawing, writing, music, performance, installation and video. Galloway’s work is always comedic and usually autobiographical and self-effacing.
Galloway graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts (Auckland) in 1992. In the same year he collaborated with fellow Elam student Daniel Powell on the musical performance/installation Wendyhouse (Soundwatch 92, Artspace, Auckland). Galloway and Powell took the name Wendyhouse as the name of their ongoing musical project - performing, recording and creating gallery installations over the next few years. Wendyhouse’s meta-project satirised rock ‘n’ roll machismo.
By 2004 Galloway was completing an MFA (also through Elam). Galloway’s work had become autobiographical, the vehicle for this being his fanzine Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People. At this time, Galloway made a somewhat accidental return to the discipline he had studied as a BFA student, creating the video Sadie Wrestling from a home movie of himself wrestling his infant daughter Sadie.
Sadie Wrestling showed at St Paul St (Auckland) and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Then in 2006 Galloway presented the 7-monitor installation Daddy Doo at the New Zealand Film Archive (Wellington). This project took Sadie Wrestling as its start, adding other small contrivances on the theme of fatherhood/childhood to affect a barrage of multitasking and “compromised masculinity.” Galloway kept up the home wrestling video, adding Sadie Wrestling 2 in 2007.
In 2011 Galloway was back to taking the piss out of himself, performing an ad hoc hair replacement remedy to camera in Untitled (Hair Transposal Video), (City Gallery Wellington, Dunedin Public Art Gallery). Galloway continues to mine a worst-foot-forward methodology, challenging societal notions of success and our culture of appearances, forever presenting himself as the compromised everyman.
2011 Untitled (Hair Transposal Video), City Gallery, Wellington
2010 Same, Same (Incredibly Hot Sex with Hideous People), Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin