Troy Stanley, born 1981, is a sculptor and mixed media installation artist. He has shown his work both nationally and internationally continually exploring his practice.
Troy Stanley’s work combines the aesthetics of everyday materials coupled with technology and interactive systems to call into question the relationship between life and objects. The results are a poetic juxtaposition of the viewers mental schemas and technologies capacity to blur the boundaries of the environment. When asked about the specific role of interactivity in his work he responded, “the role of contemporary art is the lens that focuses the spirit of the times. That spirit is not defined by a separation between us and the things around us, everything is woven into the very fabric of our everyday existence. Our objects react to us and we react to them, our phones connect to us and we connect to them, computing is ubiquitous and has the capacity for memory. To say that artwork should remain as it has in history as an object outside ourselves to be viewed at a distance is troubling. I use interactivity just as a painter would use phthalo blue in a composition, or a sculpture to use a pedestal to focus their work. The viewer is just as much a part of the piece as the material. In essence, they are the bridge between the object and the idea, without the interaction the art doesn’t exist.”
Troy Stanley currently living and working in Houston Texas. Upon receiving his degree in sculpture from the University of Houston in 2005, Troy began his professional career with a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. In 2007 he attended the prestigious residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and shortly after attended the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center Residency in Nebraska. He is the recipient of a Houston Arts Alliance Emerging Artist Grant, and has been on the Short List for the international residency at Art PACE in San Antonio Texas.-
“My work typically explores the relationships in and around what is perceived as life and what is perceived as objects. Working in constructivist and constructivism canon, I attempt to shift materials and objects towards a perceivable life-like essence. Vice- versa I reduce living things to that of a mere object or function. Through this I hope to create a situation that would influence the viewer to redefine their own mental constructs of their environment.”