Nathan Gray - Artist's Statement and Bio
Gray's recent, meticulously written lecture performances explore historical, technological and social circumstances imagining them as scores for possible futures, alternate histories and radically divergent presents. Often employing sound and video, in which his background lies, these evocative works invite audiences to imagine futures beyond contemporary crises.
His 2014 multi-channel video installation Species of Spaces was shown in the 19th Biennale of Sydney and was the winner of both the Substation Contemporary Art Prize and Substation People’s Choice Awards. It is now part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria.
His 2012 Tarrawarra Biennale sculptural/performance work entitled Treatise pages 77 and 131 was reshown and performed in 2017 at The Score at Ian Potter Museum of Art and my work Score for Dancewas shown at Open Archive in 2011 and ACCA in 2014.
His film works have been shown at Close Up Cinema in London, Christchurch City Art Gallery, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Auckland and City Gallery in Wellington during 2016 and presented by Liquid Architecture (Australia), The Audio Foundation (Auckland) and North Projects (Christchurch).
He has had numerous solo shows including Work with Me Here, 2015 at RMIT DesignHub, Things That Fit Together, 2014 at Utopian Slumps, Theorist Training Camp, 2012, at Westspace and ACTS, 2012, at Utopian Slumps.
In 2015 he curated the exhibition The Object as Score, based on his masters thesis of the same name. He attended residencies in Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, Indonesia, regional Australia, and more recently several residencies in Germany.
His recent performance lectures have toured to Taiwan, Greece, Austria, Germany and Melbourne in 2016-17 and writings have appeared in Un Magazine and the book Assuming Boycott published by the New School / Vera List.
He continues to perform in an experimental music context both solo and in the duo Snawklor with Dylan Martorell with whom he has released recordings over the last 15 years. He also convenes occasional performance workshops based around Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Music.