Concerned with a wide array of formal and post-conceptual challenges, Spencer’s practice is interdisciplinary, self-driven and research-based, with a focus on subverting and interrogating the conceptual and historical norms of image and object making.
Spencer has a Bachelors degree in Visual Media with a minor in Cinema Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C.. He was sponsored by Czech author and screenwriter Arnost Lustig to attend the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (Filmová a televizní fakulta Akademie múzických umění v Praze), the 5th oldest film school in the world.
During undergraduate studies, Spencer was one of 13 students from across the United States selected by presidential historian and author Dr. Douglas Brinkley for The Majic Bus, a twice-run collegiate experiential learning program. The Majic Bus traveled to 44 states to study Geography of the American Civil Rights Struggle, American Intellectual History, American Road Literature, and American Social history, where it precisely happened.
Winter, 2021 Spencer exhibited at Art Basel | Miami Beach in the Gallery Sector of Satellite Art Fair, curated by Brian Andrew Whiteley.
Winter/Spring 2020 Spencer’s work “Memories of the Future, 2020” was exhibited as part of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s (MOCAD) Rapid Response group show, curated by Wayne Northcross.
Summer, 2019 and Spring 2021, Spencer’s works Inversion #14, 2017 and Foundations, 2014 were auctioned on Paddle8.com and Capsule Auctions, respectively, to benefit the Center for Art Law in New York, curated by Louise Carron.
Spencer edited and sound designed Rashid Johnson’s “Samuel in Space,” for Ballroom Marfa.
Also in 2019, an image of Spencer’s was selected for Simultaneous Soloists, a publication on the work of Anthony McCall from Pioneer Press, New York.
Summer 2021, for the 5th year in a row, Spencer’s work will be available in a small edition to benefit Carriage Trade, New York, curated by Peter Scott.
Spencer’s work was recently included in Small Works at Abattoir Gallery in Cleveland, curated by Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham.
Artists Spencer has shown with include Spencer Tunick, Spencer Sweeney, Bert Stern, Trudy Benson, Sean Lennon, Dan Loxton, Fred Gutzeit, Lauren Yeager, Kevin Kearns, Hildur Jonsson, Ricky Powell, Jennifer McDermott, Carmen Winant, Natalie White, Tracy Emin, Dash Snow, Tom Smith, Jeff Preiss, Gianna Commito, Gwenn Thomas, Jonathan Rosen, Jeffrey Tranchell, Erykah Townsend, R.H. Quaytman, Scott Reeder and many more.
Spencer’s visionary experimental film for fashion house Honor was premiered by W Magazine, and featured Xiao Wen Ju, Josephine Skriver, and Anne-Sophie Monrad, as well as a soundtrack by Here We Go Magic.
Separately, in 2013, Spencer co-concepted the branding for New York’s Juice Press, with founder Marcus Antebi, starting with their first and only location, going on to create their every film and photograph, for all stores and social, billboard ads, in-store films, postcards, phone booth ads, etc. which became the voice and visual language of the brand, from 1 store locally to 80 nationally. The flagship location on Greenwich avenue, nearly the size of an entire city block, still features Spencer’s large scale photographs across the entire block of windows, 9 years later.
In January, 2016, Spencer was selected to exhibit and speak on his work at the New York Public Library's "Librarian's Choice," curated by Fred Gutzeit.
September - October of 2016, Spencer exhibited in "Sensing Place" at Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, New York, curated by Chris Davison and Kevin Kearns.
Spencer’s artwork has raised thousands of dollars to benefit emerging artist grants, not-for-profit galleries, and organizations providing resources to the art world as a whole.
Spencer has written and directed numerous commissioned films, commercials, political documentaries and music videos, which have been featured in W Magazine, The Atlantic, Brooklyn Vegan, Fact Magazine, New York Times, Zoe Report, Bloomberg, and film festivals nationwide.
In 2004 Spencer was a story consultant on “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis,” the notorious and thrilling documentary on the one, the ONLY, Jack Smith, directed by Mary Jordan, produced by Richard Prince and Ken Peralta, voted one of the 10 best movies of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
Spencer directed, produced and wrote the feature documentary "Swing State" with Jason Zone Fisher and John Intrater which provided an inside look at the 2006 Ohio Governor’s race. The film captured the Democrats’ sweep of Ohio which set up President Barack Obama’s White House victory in 2008. The story is told across Ohio through the eyes of a family, which gave a unique look at the political life. “Swing State” set the one-day attendance record at the Cleveland International Film Festival and premiered in 2 adjacent sold-out theaters on opening night to standing ovations.
Finally, Spencer’s artwork has been direct inspiration for couture fashion, seen in multiple seasons on the runways of New York Fashion Week, particularly as the inspiration for most of fashion house Honor’s output in 2013, though without credit. This in addition to the Emmys red carpet, at which the most talked about dress in 2013, worn by Zosia Mamet, was comprised primarily of Spencer’s 2012 work, “The New Sky, 2012” though permission was neither sought nor granted.
If you’re still reading and wondering . . . “wth is a Majic Bus?!?” The Majic Bus traveled to 44 U.S. states with the aim of learning American history where it precisely occured. Time was spent studying with, and getting to know, usually at their homes, icons such as Kurt Vonnegut, Melba Pattillo Beals, Hunter S. Thompson, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bo Diddley, Townes Van Zandt, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, The Sampas/Kerouac family, Arthur Schlessinger Jr., Ramblin' Jack Elliot, William Kunstler, Alice Brock, Ed Asner, William vanden Heuvel, Hubert Selby, Jr., Robert Hunter, Steven Soderbergh, Kerry Kennedy, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Steven Ambrose, Jimmy and Roslyn Carter, Chris Felver, T. Boone Pickens, William Kennedy, Chuck Berry, Waylon Jennings, Liz Gilbert, Hamilton Jordan, Larry Woiwode, John Kenneth Galbraith, Kinky Friedman, Tom McGuane and many others. Standout memories: restoring Bill Clinton’s boyhood home in Hope, AR, walking Lowell, MA (one on one) with Allen Ginsberg, hanging out with Hunter S. Thompson in his kitchen discussing “Hell’s Angels,” reading and having discussions with Toni Morrison, having time with Townes Van Zandt at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans, privately touring Little Rock Central High with Melba Patillo Beals. It was, obviously, bananas.