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A digital edition of the Jay Critchley, Incorporated catalog is published by Provincetown Arts Press in collaboration with the Provincetown Public Library.
Artist and activist Jay Critchley's visual, conceptual and performance work has traversed the globe, from his patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation Worn with Pride Country-wide, and the Blessed Virgin Rubber Goddess Immaculate Protection, to Miss Tampon Liberty and the Nuclear Recycling Consultants. He lives year round in Provincetown , Massachusetts where he founded and directs Theater in the Ground @ Septic Space in his backyard septic tank. He has produced, written and directed two movies: Toilet Treatments, HBO Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival 2002, and, Providence Dirt Newsreel 2002. He produced a CD, Big Twig Tunnel Tapes - Boston's Big Dig Sings, recorded 125 feet below the city before the tunnels opened for traffic.
In 2007 he was featured in an exhibition on global warming at the Andy Warhol Museum and in a show at The LAB in San Francisco, and he was invited to present his work at the 6th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Buenos Aries, Argentina. The ongoing BEIGE Project entailed BEIGE MOTEL,a sand-encrusted 1950s, A-frame on Rte 6, North Truro, Cape Cod,. It was demolished in 2008.
Jay has taught at the Museum School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and has had recent residencies at Harvard University, AS220 in Rhode Island, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City. He was awarded a Special Citation from the Boston Society of Architects' Cape Wind Competition for his proposal, Martucket Eyeland Resort & Theme Park, which has toured Holland, Germany and England. He runs the annual Provincetown Harbor Swim for Life benefit.
His personas and enterprises have challenged the dominance of corporations in a democratic society. He is founder and President of the NRC, (Nuclear Recycling Consultants,) TACKI (Tampon Applicator Creative Klubs International), Old Glory Condom Corporation (worn with pride country-wide the patriotic condoms imprinted with the American flag), and the IRS (International Re-Rooters Society), with its annual ritual and the burning of a Christmas tree/boat at sunset in Provincetown Harbor.
He is also founder and director of the Provincetown Community Compact and the annual Swim for Life, which has raised close to $4M for AIDS, women’s health and the Provincetown community.