Richard Grayson

Weird Shit In Nature

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Year 2020
Medium Pencil and watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.8 x 21 cm

About the work

This drawing is of objects and formations that exist in digital space – a collection of 3D models of abstract forms, junk, molecule structures, modernist sculptures, stamens – here escaped, animated and at play in the 'natural' world of valleys, mountains etc. It is part of the ongoing W.S.I.N. project.

About the artist:

Born 1958 UK, Richard Grayson lives and works in London. Graduated from East Herts College of Art and Design (1977); and BA Fine Art, Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic (1980).

Grayson’s work is concerned with the relationships between subjective and objective readings of the world, ways we construct different models and how belief-systems shape our sense of the real and the possible. There is a particular focus on how older models of belief and understanding might be shaped and reformed by digital technologies and their emergent cultures. Recent projects include large scale video and sound installation, drawing, embroidery, web-based moving image and 3D.

His work is held in public and private collections including Arts Council Collection; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia; The British Council; and National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.

Selected solo exhibitions include By Our Own Hand, Matt’s Gallery, London (2018); Possessions_inc., online video project for Matt’s Gallery, London (2016-19); Speech Acts, UTS Gallery, Sydney (2015); Nothing Can Stop Us Now, Matt’s Gallery offsite exhibition at Dilston Grove, London (2014); The Golden Space City of God, Old School Room Project Space (OSR), West Coker (2014); The Magpie Index, Matt’s Gallery, London (2012); Triumph, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2012); The Objectivist Studio, Alma Enterprises, London (2011); and The Golden Space City of God, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton (2011). Selected group exhibitions include I’ve Never Seen The Sky Like This Before…, Southwest Contemporary, Adelaide (2020); Not Without My Ghosts, (as part of Museum of Black Hole Spacetime Collective), Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition and Drawing Room, London (2020);  #WIP, (as part of Museum of Black Hole Spacetime Collective), Digital, Queer Art Projects (2020); Postcards from the Edge, Bortolami Gallery, New York (2019); Drawing Biennial 2019, Drawing Room, London (2019); The Magpie Index, The Photographer’s Gallery, London (2017); The Horizontal Within, The Horizontal Without, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes, London (2017); HYPERactive, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra (2017); Artists behind Bars, Matt’s Gallery, London (2017); and Collective Task, 67 Ludlow Street, New York (2017).

Awards include AHRC Project grant (2009); Arts Council of England project grant (2008); and AHRB Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2003-2006).

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