Crank Sturgeon has been active in performance, installation, and sound†art since the early 1990's. A comical conceptualist, Crank is something of a misnomer: whether blending pun with the profane, or transforming the precious into an oil spill, a Sturgeon performance defies categorization. Accompanied by ridiculous†costuming, pointed instructions and parables (gone awry), and even the occasional dirigible or two, these elements intertwine, transforming into space-defying interventions, and invariably involving audience participation. More than just possessing a predilection for the absurd, Crank wears the goggles of the perpetual optimist: infusing his processes with a classical struggle, and yet always with a leery salmon grin, awash in an undertow of delicious and celebratory noise...
An indefatigable nomad, Crank Sturgeon frequents independent galleries, alternative venues, and DIY spaces across the USA and Europe. Many of these performances have also featured a collaborative installation element, such as constructing and performing with an interactive, life-size cardboard airplane for the festival of the Sacred and Profane, Peaks Island, Maine; in the manner of artist residencies, such as "Eyes Used for Tooth Support", a†three week onsite residency held at SPACE Gallery, in Portland, Maine; and guerilla-style environments, such as "Smell Sound of Forensic Y's", a participatory environment featuring artists Fritz Welch and id m theft able, held at the Grey Area Gallery in Brighton, UK.
Crank Sturgeon has also worked as an artist-in-residence with Spindleworks, in Brunswick, ME; Projektwerkstatt, in Leipzig, Germany; MEME Gallery, in Cambridge, MA, and CESTA, an intermedia residency in Tabor, Czech Republic. Additionally, Crank has been a featured artist at a number of festivals spanning the globe, with highlights such as the Chautaugua Art Lab in St. Louis, Missouri; SXSW, in Austin, Texas; Ende Tymes Festival in Queens, New York; Olympia Experimental Music Festival in Olympia, Washington; Denver Noise Festival in Denver,†Colorado; Colour Out of Space Festival in Brighton, UK; Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal, Quebec; Festival PIEDNU in†Le Havre, France; Death Petrol in Antwerp, Belgium; WORM at the RAI,†Rotterdam, Netherlands; Wez to WylasÁ, Warsaw, Poland; and the†Antennae Festival, Paris, France.