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.. Additionally, 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 with a focus on Geography of the American Civil Rights Struggle, American Intellectual History, American Road Literature, and American Social history.
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.
Spencer edited and sound designed Rashid Johnson’s “Samuel in Space,” for Ballroom Marfa.
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. The same year, 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, curated by Lisa Kurzner and Rose Burlingham.
Spencer has written and directed many commissioned films, commercials, political documentaries and music videos, featured in W Magazine, The Atlantic, Brooklyn Vegan, Fact Magazine, New York Times, Zoe Report, Bloomberg, as well as in film festivals nationwide.
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.
In 2004 Spencer was one of the filmmakers who crafted the life story of Jack Smith in “Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis,” directed by Mary Jordan, Produced by Richard Prince, voted one of the 10 best movies of 2006 by Entertainment Weekly Magazine.
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 directed the feature documentary "Swing State" with 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 through the eyes of a family, across Ohio, 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.
Finally, Spencer’s work has been direct inspiration for couture fashion, seen in multiple seasons on the runways of New York Fashion week, as well as the Emmys red carpet in Los Angeles, at which the most talked about dress in 2013, worn by Zosia Mamet, was comprised primarily of his 2012 work, “The New Sky, 2012” though permission was neither sought nor granted.
If you’re still reading and wondering . . . “wait- a Majic Bus?!?” I can relate! The Majic Bus traveled to 44 U.S. states meeting and studying with icons such as Kurt Vonnegut, Hunter S. Thompson, Bo Diddley, Townes Van Zandt, Toni Morrison, Arthur Miller, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Rita Dove, Arthur Schlessinger Jr., Doris Kearns Goodwin, Hubert Selby, Jr., Ramblin' Jack Elliot, William vanden Heuvel, Robert Hunter, Steven Soderbergh, Kerry Kennedy, Allen Ginsberg, Jim Carroll, Steven Ambrose, Jimmy and Roslyn Carter, Chris Felver, T. Boone Pickens, Alice Brock, William Kennedy, Chuck Berry, Waylon Jennings, Hamilton Jordan, Larry Woiwode, John Kenneth Galbraith, Kinky Friedman, Melba Pattillo Beals, Liz Gilbert, Tom McGuane and many others.