You need to clean up the dead rooster: Bret Nicely & Jill Spector

October 12 – November 9, 2013

Press Release

Light & Wire Gallery is pleased to present You need to clean up the dead rooster an internet project by Bret Nicely and Jill Spector. Sharing a fundamental interest in sculpture, the two artists use the digital platform of a contemporary, polished website to exhibit an accumulation photographs, images, and GIFs composed in their home.

Many artists use the studio as a testing ground for their practice and ultimately their work. For Nicely and Spector, the space of the studio happens to be their home, where the artistic process and domestic life more fluidly overlap and intertwine. Within this domestic space they are inspired by events – encountering a mutilated rooster in the garage, or capturing their young daughter’s impulse to make her stroller into a sculpture – making their world ripe with inspiration.

Objects and characters of their own staging form a purposeful still life of recurring themes – the artist’s body as prop, eggs, hands, their daughter, and Cookieface. As a platform, the website utilizes movement, transparency, and texture to define a familiar digital space with a deliberate collection of fabrications. Each photographic compositions is a fantastical non-linear narrative that plays off the humor of domestic life and the exploration of sculptural potential.


Bret Nicely is an artist and writer who has worked in the digital realm for over fifteen years, engaging audiences and creating meaningful connections between culture and communities. His recent projects include “The Twitter of Sculpture”, a series of lectures on possible futures for art that was performed at Shangrila in Joshua Tree, CA and at Human Resources in Los Angeles. Bret is the co-creator of The Hipster Handbook, a nationally renowned satire on hipster culture published by Random House in 2003. He has published essays on Vito Acconci, Jim Shaw, and Erik Frydenborg, and is the Associate Director, Digital Media at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


Jill Spector is an artist based in Los Angeles. CA. Her sculptures and collages were recently part of Made in L.A. 2012, Los Angeles Biennial, Hammer Museum and LAX><ART, Los Angeles, CA. She has exhibited at the Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria,  Pinakothek der Moderne and Nationaltheater, Munich, Germany and the Torrence Art Museum, Torrence, CA. Her work has also been included in the cookbook Valeria Napoleone’s Catalog of Exquisite Recipes, Koenig Books, London, UK.  Jill Spector received her MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA and her BFA from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY.  She is represented by Bolte Lang in Zurich, Switzerland.