Gray is known as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer from 1979-1984 and for his portfolio of intimate Jackson shots from that period. For this exhibition, “The Gray Room,” Gray will create a multi media installation that functions as a memorial to Jackson’s role as international shaman of pop music culture, inspiring people to a higher level of consciousness/awareness, and to Jackson’s ritual relationships to African culture.
The installation will include large portrait prints from the portfolio, turn of the century African relics and masks, and “Ghost Cloud” wall sculptures that investigate principles of African animism and Jungian principles of the Id. Gray’s performance, a work in progress, reflects on critical thoughts of mental colonialism and his active participation in Michael Jackson’s media construction.
Gray received his MFA in 1989 from Cal Arts, where he channeled his art through the cultural iconography of pop culture and racial identity, into a sociable, discursive practice. He has created several bodies of work – Shaman, Afrotronic, and Goofy – since his portrait series for MJ.
July 6-Aug. 31.
Hagedorn Foundation Gallery
425 Peachtree Hills Ave, No. 25
Atlanta, GA 30319