The Gray Room
Todd Gray's installation "The Gray Room" is included in From My Universe Objects of Desire Part II at See Line Gallery. The artist creates a photo/sculpture installation combining his images of Michael Jackson taken when he worked as his personal photographer in the 80's, with turn of the century African masks and "Ghost Clouds", an investigation of Gray's neo-primitive wonderings engaging Jungian principles of the Id and African animism. The atmosphere of ritual and mysticism is palpable in the gallery space.
Inspired by Marla Burns Fowler Museum artist talk with Nick Cave, curator Janet Levy presented the idea of combining the two bodies of work together with authentic African masks in an email exchange while Gray was in Ghana where he maintains a studio. Much of the conceptual undercurrent in his work reflects his time spent each year in the west African nation.
Gray began using his Jackson images as an art source while studying with photographer and writer Allan Sekula at Cal Arts twenty years ago. This is a completely new departure. “The Gray Room” is a ritual space, an intersection of concerns common in his various works with the inner dialogues swirling in his head while working in Africa, and thinking about America.
Janet Levy is a curator and gallery founder/director, born in Los Angeles CA. She presented her first curatorial project in Luzern Switzerland in 1990. She brings years of curatorial, gallery and marketing experience to her success in producing and promoting significant projects by prominent contemporary artists. Levy demonstrates an extraordinary intuitive ability for selecting talented visual artists. In 2006 she founded See Line Gallery, an exhibition space dedicated to supporting the work of exceptional contemporary artists.