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Artwork by Alfred University alumna Sondra Perry listed among top 100 of decade

Alfred University | 1/07/20

Artnet News has named a piece of video art by Alfred University alumna Sondra Perry ’12 as among the top 100 most influential pieces of art of the last decade.


ALFRED, NY – Artnet News has named a piece of video art by Alfred University alumna Sondra Perry ’12 as among the top 100 most influential pieces of art of the last decade.

Ben Davis, an art critic from Artnet News – the world’s first dedicated 24-hour global art market newswire – wrote a piece titled “The 100 Works of Art That Defined the Decade, Ranked,” which was published in Artnet News on Dec. 29. Davis ranked Perry’s piece, “IT’S IN THE GAME ’17 or Mirror Game for Vitrine of Projection (2017)” as No. 82 on his top 100 list.

“IT’S IN THE GAME ’17” is a video installation that confronts the circumstances Perry’s twin brother, Sandy, faced as collegiate basketball player at Georgia Southern University from 2008-10. During his collegiate playing career, video game maker Electronic Arts released a video game, NCAA March Madness, in which likenesses of college players, including Sandy, were used without the players’ consent.

“The new realities of digital life and how they interact with labor, racism, aesthetics, and sense of self were major themes of the 2010s,” Davis wrote in his Artnet News piece. “For me, Perry’s disorienting, disoriented IT’S IN THE GAME…is a go-to reference drawing together all of that, partly because it is such a personal take on the subject, dealing with how her brother’s image was hijacked for a basketball video game.”

Perry, an African-American artist based in Perth Amboy, NJ, earned a B.F.A. degree from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design in 2012. She studied expanded media and three dimensional studies as an undergraduate at Alfred University and went on to earn an M.F.A. degree from Columbia University in 2015.

She has become well known for her videos and sculptures, which frequently deal with avatars, bodies, and exploitation in the digital sphere, specifically as they relate to notions of blackness.

Her work is critically acclaimed, and has earned her numerous awards. In the fall of 2018, Perry received the Nam June Paik award at a ceremony at the Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, Germany. The award is given biennially to an artist working with moving images and new technology. Earlier that year, she was named the winner of the inaugural Toby’s Prize, a $50,000 award given to a contemporary artist by the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. In 2017, the Seattle Art Museum awarded Perry its Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize, which is given biennially to an emerging black artist. She was also a recipient of a 2017 Biennial Grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation.