Gray’s body of work, Time Machine / Hippie Dandy, is the outgrowth of his “quiet performance,” Ray,
a work for the late musician Ray Manzarek, his close friend, mentor and co-founder of the legendary band The Doors.
Gray used the conceptual foundation of the performance as a platform to make
a new body of work. He gathered quotidian snapshots taken of him by family and friends during the course of the performance, then commissioned sign painters from Ghana to make paintings based on these snapshots. Gray photographed the painted canvases and added them to his digital archive of images. As in previousseries, Gray then re-contextualized this archive via juxtaposition with images of the Ghanaian landscape, architecture, and people, along with images of the cosmos from the Hubble Telescope, using found antique frames, as well as artist-made frames as a structuring device for the art works.
Series: Time Machine / Hippie Dandy
Image rights: © The Artist, 2016.
Todd Gray: Time Machine / Hippie Dandy, Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, 2016.
About Todd Gray
American, b. 1954, Los Angeles, CA, United States, based in Los Angeles and Ghana