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John McVay (he/him, b. 1985, American) works and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. McVay is a student at UNLV pursuing an MFA degree in Fine Arts, and he received a BFA focused in Printmaking with a minor in Art History at Arizona State University. A recent transplant to Las Vegas, McVay has spent most of his life in Arizona, between Phoenix and Tucson. Immersion in the punk and metal scenes in Arizona has shaped McVay’s visual language; a punk collage sensibility and D.I.Y. aesthetic threads McVay’s work together like patches on a denim vest. While living in Tucson, John worked at a used bookstore for 7 years, gaining insight into the valuation of pop culture nostalgia, both monetarily and culturally. He has an affinity for collecting things and searching thrift stores for materials that strike the artist as valuable, items others may think belong in a landfill (cassette tapes, dirty stuffed animals, old magazines, records). His interest in deconstructing the performance of masculinity, in the influence of the media on social conditioning, and also a critical examination of whiteness are themes that inform paper artworks, noise music, video performances, installations, and soft sculptures.  

Check out this video footage from my live noise performance, Rug Rubber, for the reception of my solo exhibition, Perfectly Natural at UNLV's Donna Beam Gallery (March 21- April 15, 2022). Big shout out and thank you to Keeva Lough for this excellent documentation of my performance!

Video loop from my solo exhibition Man In Uniform (2020), featuring the videos Hair In My Hamburger, Shit Cupcakes, and Record Smash.  Here is a link to a video walkthrough of the exhibition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5atEMeT1qUY 

Drawing Machine T-Shirts
Drawing Machine T-Shirts

Commemorative t-shirts for the World Famous Drawing Machine, displayed at the Commodified art show.

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Studio Shot 1
Studio Shot 1

A variation of equipment set up for sound art explorations.

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ReviveR Performance
ReviveR Performance

Emily Sarten and me performing an audio/visual improv-based tape mixing set at UNLV for the first ReviveR performance series.

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Drawing Machine T-Shirts
Drawing Machine T-Shirts

Commemorative t-shirts for the World Famous Drawing Machine, displayed at the Commodified art show.

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Pics from Commodified, MFA Open Studio Tours, and ReviveR, 2019 @ UNLV Graduate Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pics from Commodified, MFA Open Studio Tours, and ReviveR, 2019 @ UNLV Graduate Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Saturday, May 11, 2019, between 6-8 PM, I will be showing some of my prints at the Gallery Opening Reception of Playground Arts in Mesa, Arizona! This venue, run by Sound Art Arizona, is dedicated to sound art but they will be exhibiting experimental visual works as well. The opening reception will feature immersive sound art performances and visual art by Jim Fike, Erika Lynne Hanson, Lena Klett, Kristen Miologos, Tony Obr, and Jimmy Peggie, as well as myself.

https://www.facebook.com/events/336956876967875/

I was recently interviewed for a local Phoenix arts magazine called Voyage Phoenix. Click on the link to read a little more about my story: 

http://voyagephoenix.com/interview/meet-john-mcvay-tempe/

Here is some footage of my performance with Emily Sarten from the closing reception of Low Data @ Modified Arts in Phoenix, 01/04/2019: