On a deadline and out of money Nathan Gray decided to create a series of works in under five minutes each. Writing a collection of one sentence prose scores and performing them on video, the exhibition comprises of sculptural props and residues from these performances.
Stemming from an interest in the written musical scores made by members of Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra, this exhibition forms part of Gray’s wider interest in the open score and an expanded definition of musical performance, which has become the focus of his recent work.
Gray studied toward a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at Curtin University, Perth in 1994, completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne in 2002. Selected solo exhibitions include Theorist Training Camp/Practice Piece, West Space, Melbourne, 2012; In the year 2525, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2011; Gertrude Contemporary Project Space, Melbourne Art Fair, 2010; Tudo Que Acho/ Everything I Think, The Narrows, Melbourne, 2008; Quem Ao Viu O Vento, Escola Dos Belos Artes, Salvador, Brazil; 2008; Untitled Installation, Mirka @ Tolarno for ACCA, Melbourne, 2007; and Love, Purity, Accuracy, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2007. Recent group exhibitions include Sonic Spheres,TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2012;The Social Life of Things, Monash University Faculty Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; New Psychedelia, University of Queensland Art Museum; ACCA Art #2, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2011; and Territorial Pissings, Utopian Slumps, 2010. Gray completed residencies at Cemeti House, Indonesia in 2011 and at the Sacatar Foundation in Bahia, Brazil in 2008. He is a member of the improvised electro acoustic group Snawklor and band The French.
Acts from Nathan Gray will be accompanied by No Deposit No Return from Toby Pola in the Utopian Slumps Project Room.