James Allister Sprang
27 Feb 2023
Pew Fellow James Allister Sprang locks eyes with an audience member viewing his audiovisual presentation Aquifer of the Weave, 2022. Photo by Maria Baranova.
“I create sensory audiovisual poems for the spirit...[and] space to lower the mind into the body in order to find transformation and restoration.”
Sprang (he/him) creates audiovisual installations using multiple mediums such as photography, cyanotype prints, and spatial audio technology that gives sound dimension and movement—offering “the opportunity to feel through the unseen,” he says. Informed by his family’s Caribbean heritage and experiences of immigration, his work considers diaspora, displacement, and survival. For Aquifer of the Ducts, he worked with young people on probation to develop an immersive 45-minute audiovisual piece accompanied by a massive weaving of cyanotypes. His work has been included in exhibitions at Tate Modern, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and he has performed at The Kitchen, Storm King Art Center, and FringeArts. He has been an artist-in-residence at The Kitchen in New York and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and a Knight Foundation Arts + Tech Fellow. Sprang earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from the Cooper Union.