His and Hers
These are the nightstands that render somewhat symmetrical the sleeping quarters of my partner, Cristina, and me and the books that populate those respective places. The images may speak to our individual interests. Or, perhaps, of my trying to read her culture as she does mine. Or, of being and speaking together, in one broken language or another, in our awakeness and the way we surrender and return to our respective tongues in the dreaming time.
bio: Christopher Whittey is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Maine College of Art (MECA). His previous post was Dean of Academic Services at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he served as faculty from 2001-2009. After studying at the Center for Creative Studies and receiving his bachelor of fine arts degree from Wayne State University, Whittey worked as a master carpenter building stage sets and props in New York for such prestigious venues as the Metropolitan Opera, Saturday Night Live and The Conan O'Brien Show. In 1989, he returned to complete his formal education at the Rhode Island School of Art and received his master of fine arts degree in 1991.
The following year, Whittey was selected to attend the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. His work has been showcased in numerous locations including White Columns and The Thread Waxing Space in New York and he has received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Van Lier Foundation Grant (awarded by the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program), Individual Artists Grant from New York's Artist Space, and the faculty development grant from MICA. Publications include The Detroit News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, Documents and World Art.