For three decades, Machine Dazzle has worked as an artist, costume and set designer, art director and performer, who fearlessly embraces a radical queer aesthetic that is often hard to define. There are elements of salvage, surrealism and absurdism at play in his work for performers like Justin Vivian Bond, Basil Twist and perhaps most famously, MacArthur recipient Taylor Mac; but his unique visions go beyond easy categorizations in their extreme beauty.
The world has noticed, and in recent years Dazzle has presented everywhere from Opera Philadelphia and San Francisco’s Curran Theatre to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Now, on the heals of his 2022 solo exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, “Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle,” the artist will be in conversation with Chronicle arts and culture writer Tony Bravo at the Fog Design + Art fair to discuss his philosophy, his inspirations and how he turns everyday objects into instruments of glamour.
Join the pair for a multi-media presentation that will include examples of Dazzle’s most famous work that promises to illuminate the artist’s practice like never before.