Animation (Major)

Rick Delaney

Rick Delaney has been a visual artist for over 25 years.

He earned his MFA - Printmaking at The University of Texas at Austin in 1998, and his BFA at Florida State University in 1995. Communication is a primary focus of his artwork. His practice involves video, sound, installation, performance, animation, collaboration, and writing. His work explores the biography & autobiography through the layering of factual and fictional memories and utilizing multiple documentary methods. He positions himself as a spectator or a participant, depending on how particular events are remembered or encountered.

Installation and video work are exhibited in spaces that are equipped to handle large film/video projections or in public locations such as parks, urban centers, and in theaters. His work is also shown in alternative art venues and traditional galleries. His sound work has had airtime on radio stations in several states across the country.

In addition to his individual studio work, Delaney also works collaboratively with other artists. Collaboration offers an opportunity to exchange ideas and allows a piece to evolve in a different manner. Delaney was a founding member the performance group Army of Clowns (1998-2010), Circus of Fools (1996-98) and St. Moist (1988-92). The collaborate groups combined film, video, music, and audio in theatrical settings. 

Delaney writes on collaboration:

My collaborative efforts with other artists, musicians, filmographers, dancers, and choreographers enable me to explore others venues and approaches to performances and installations. My collaborative interests prompted me to work with choreographer Jeffrey Bullock at the University of Texas at Austin. We presented PURE (2000), a 40-minute performative dance piece that examined racial and gender identity and relationships between a Caucasian matriarch and gay African American male. I created sonic work that was influenced by body movements; Bullock choreographed dancers in response to my sonic work. Bullock & I worked closely together, I assisted with choreography and he offered ideas to the audio. I am interested in placing myself in situations that challenge my perceptions of individuals. Although Bullock and I had different interests, we both were able to connect and work through our thoughts and ideas toward a single vision. It was a mutually beneficial experience that broadened our ideas of art making.