Nathan Gray

Nathan Gray is an artist and experimental musician whose work is often characterised by its utopian or optimistic tones, and its dynamic physical structure. His exhibitions are almost always interactive, utilising viewer participation to help shape the work. Most recently Gray has been exploring moire-effect installations made from recycled and haphazard materials, which Gray likens to cheap magic or cheap drugs: an atmosphere of optical illusions constructed at little cost. Extending from his recent domino-effect tableau installations and psychedelic aggregations, Gray’s moire installations create varied forms of optical effects, each object relating to each other to form different phenomena.

Gray completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at Curtin University, Perth in 1994 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media at RMIT, Melbourne in 2002. Selected solo exhibitions include Theorist Training Camp/Practice Piece, West Space, Melbourne, 2012; Spectral Light and Pressure Changes, Mt Kitly, Melbourne, 2011; In the year 2525, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; What they brought back, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane, 2010; Gertrude Contemporary Project Space, Melbourne Art Fair, 2010; Attack Decay Sustain Release, Craft Victoria, Melbourne 2009; An Infinity of Traces, studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, 2009; Secretion Erosion Conjunction (with Alex Vivian), Rear View, Melbourne, 2009; Tudo Que Acho/ Everything I Think, The Narrows, Melbourne, 2008; Quem Ao Viu O Vento, Escola Dos Belos Artes, Salvador, Brazil; 2008; The Fruiting Body, Black and Blue, Sydney, 2008; Untitled Installation, Mirka @ Tolarno for ACCA, Melbourne, 2007; Love, Purity, Accuracy, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2007; The Fold, Joint Hassles, Melbourne, 2007; Terrarium, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 2006; and New Work, Bus, Melbourne 2005. Selected group exhibitions include Sonic Spheres: TarraWarra Biennial, curated by Victoria Lynn, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2012; The Social Life of Things, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; Theorist Training Camp/Practice Piece, Cemeti Art House, Indonesia, 2011; The Five Obstructions, curated by Martina Copley, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2001; ACCA ART #2, Horsham Regional Gallery, 2011; New Psychedelia, curated by Sebastian Moody, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2011; Zero Dollar, The West Wing, 2011; ACCA ART #1, Shepparton Art Gallery, 2010; Territorial Pissings, Utopian Slumps; 2010; Drawing Folio, Block Projects, Melbourne, 2009; Grow Wild, curated by Sleep Club, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2008; Thank God We Died Together..., TCB art inc., Melbourne, 2008; Fire Fire, The Narrows, Melbourne, 2007; Otherworld, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne 2005; and Slave, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, 2005. Gray completed a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary from 2008 to 2010 and a residency at the Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil in 2008. He is a member of the improvised electro acoustic group Snawklor and band The French.