Photo of Todd Gray

Todd Gray

Remote Guest Lecture

April 22, 2020, 6 p.m.
Zoom: https://ucsd.zoom.us/j/223146356
Zoom Meeting ID: 223 146 356

Los Angeles based artist Todd Gray re-frames and re-contextualizes images from his personal archive that spans over forty years of his career as a photographer, sculptor and performance artist. Gray describes himself as an artist and activist who primarily focuses on issues of race, class, gender and colonialism.

His unique process of combining and layering a variety of images and fragments of images allows him the opportunity to create his own history and “my own position in the diaspora.” Working with photographs of pop culture, documentary photographs of Ghana (where he keeps a studio), portraits of Michael Jackson, gang members from South Los Angeles and photo documentation from the Hubble telescope, Gray asserts what he refers to as his own polymorphous identity that defies definition. Inspired by the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, Gray invites the viewer to participate in an “ever-unfinished conversation about identity and history.”

The artist's work is included in important public collections such as the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art / LACMA and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles / MOCA

https://www.toddgrayart.com/

Text from: https://www.artsy.net/artist/todd-gray