Jay Critchley: Self Portrait by Bobby Miller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Critchley
The personal is planetary.

Jay is a public artist who has created such iconic cultural images and projects as the patriotic Old Glory Condoms Corporation, sand-encrusted automobiles and pre-demolition buildings, his backyard Septic Theater and Miss Tampon Liberty herself. He was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an artist and founder and director of the Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact), producer of the Swim for Life, which has raised $5M for AIDS, women’s health and the community.

   Living on the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown, its geology has strongly inspired his work.
   His multi-media work has its roots in the environmental, economic, cultural and materiality
   of place. His collaborative and community based work employs public proposals, press
   conferences, installations, logos, sculpture, media, video, corporate entities and personas.

He is a conceptual and multi-media artist, writer and activist whose work has traversed the globe, showing across the US and in Argentina, Japan, England, Spain, France, Holland, Germany, Ireland and Columbia.

Jay’s movie, Toilet Treatments, won an HBO Award and he recently gave a TEDx Talk: Portrait of the Artist as a Corporation. His 2015 survey show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum traveled to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He has received awards from the Boston Society of Architects and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in NYC.
 
The artist’s annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, held on January 7 since 1983, after the Twelve Days of “Stockpiling” of the Christmas season, is a community ritual that “reroots” us to the environment and purges the previous year. It includes song, chant, diatribe and the burning of a discarded Christmas tree boat in the ocean at sunset.