Installation artist Trevor Amery is good at sharing. When he builds something – say a portable sauna or coffee cart – he not only delivers it to the public, he encourages them to use it. At the 2012 Kathmandu International Art Festival in Nepal, the strikingly handsome artist stood in just a towel and invited attendees to have a sauna in exchange for a portrait taken post sauna. Earlier that year, he pushed his pre-fab coffee cart throughout the city of Miami where he exchanged one cup for one personal account of the city. Why? He’s interested in how social habits and traditions deviate between cultures and, besides, he likes a good story.
Amery, who earned a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, is currently celebrating his 2012-2013 Fulbright Fellowship in Hungary by serving local forralt bor (mulled wine) in exchange for stories of celebration. With fellow American Fulbright recipient Linnea West (of the blog Art Ravels), Amery’s also curating the first-ever exhibition of American Fulbright artists in Berlin. On view at Staycation Museum.