Artist Mikey McParlane is based in Chicago and as far as I could find out just finished his master in film, video, new media & animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I recently stumbled upon this YouTube documentary about him made in conjunction with a piece entitled “Apocalypse in the Pleasure”, which he showed earlier this year at the project space New Capital. In the video he names artists such as Antony, Leigh Bowery and Charles Atlas as influences for his expressive, campy and ironic videos and performances, and I guess would add Björk (fuzzy hair), Matthew Barney (gooey stuff) and Klaus Nomi (opera) to that list. The videos posted here show two different sides of his interdisciplinary work: The first one is an excerpt of a performance shown at the 5th New Blood Performance Festival from November last year (originally “Long Live the Knife” is a video installation). The second one, “Love Puddles”, was realized in collaboration with artist Michael Mallis and has just recently been featured in the book project “Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities”.
For more information about the artist check out the already mentioned documentary, his Vimeo page or his website (a little out of date). He also has a nice tumblr.
“Long Live the Knife” (Performance excerpt)