James Allister Sprang is a visual artist currently based in Philadelphia. Sprang works across mediums—photography, performance, installation—to formulate work that mines the intersections and historical webs of abstraction, poetry, theater, black music, and the politics of their documentation. Sprang’s work is a rigorous parallax of what may be conceived as high and low-brow culture, resulting in a mirage of new media storytelling.
Raised in Miami, Florida James Allister Sprang is a first-generation Caribbean-American. Sprang attended the Cooper Union where he received his BFA in 2013. He then continued on to complete a fellowship with The Wooster Group and insert himself into the downtown New York experimental theater scene under the guise of GAZR (pronounced “gazer”)—a poet-turned-rapper that uses hip-hop and the constructs of theater to explore the latency of language. Currently an MFA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Sprang has shown and performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Abrons Center, Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, Pioneer Works, and The Kitchen.