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Vincent Tiley creates body suits, which are worn by multiple participants in his sculptural performances. In these performances the artist fabricates a new skin which envelopes the performers in an embellished painterly surface that connects them to each other in languid and often erotic positions. These performances are not choreographed but instead all movement is controlled by the restrictive nature of the suit, the performers’ relationships with each other, and a desire to stay comfortable for these several hour endurance pieces. What is produced is a new collaged body, made up of many bodies speaking a language of display, concealment, and touch. Once the performance is done the suits are installed on their own. The suits, which once abstracted the bodies inside them, now function instructionally, implicating the viewer through the act of looking. Sleeves, pants, and masks reveal varying levels of agency for any potential wearer. Tiley draws on the queer practices of dress, fetish, fashion, and the legacies of modernism for formal and conceptual fodder. In his varied art practice the artist blurs the distinctive boundaries of the body, queers the relationship between the self and the body, and investigates the two-fold nature of the gaze as a controlling, objectifying force and as something that provides affective cues from those we observe. In doing so the artist hopes to reimagine the self and body as mutable fluid concepts in constant flux as they ride the tides of synthesis and observation and to build bridges between the languages of performance, painting, and sculpture.