Richard Grayson’s video and multimedia works expand on the trifold relationship between religious and social belief systems, individual expression, and the development of cultural identity. According to the artist, the process begins with an investigation of the way we use language and its narratives to make sense of the world around us, and how those narratives, in turn, shape our reading of the world. In Intelligence, the second in a series of exhibitions at Matt’s Gallery, London, UK, Grayson presented astrological birth charts of key players in the Middle East (Osama bin Laden, Tony Blair, Condoleezza Rice, etc.) alongside texts generated by computer programs that map the connections between given astrological charts and specific dates or events. With this installation, Grayson used the language of astrology to comment on the influence of supernatural systems on the construction of our understanding of everyday life.
Grayson received his BA from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1980. He has had solo exhibitions at Yuill/Crowley, Sydney, Australia (2006, 04, 02, 00); Matt’s Gallery, London, UK (2006, 04); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2004); and Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia (2002). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Obscurum per Obscurius, Tallinna Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia (2008); A Number of Worlds Resembling Our Own, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2007); Happy Believers, Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany (2006); and Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2005).