Amplified division via #fakenews
Amplified Division via #FakeNews is a research-based series that examines how social media is threatening the fabric of democracy. Looking to the past, this new collection of works explores how historical figures, all of whom pre-date Twitter, may have used the platform had it been available to them in their time. Designed to mimic the layout of a tweet, each work appropriates language from the writings of cultural leaders, innovators, intellectuals and tyrants, while maintaining Twitter’s 280-character format. Their words and catch-phrases are then paired with current tweets and hashtags, in a format that suggests a "retweet" layout. For added effect, each of the digital prints are mounted onto Plexiglas that is meant to resemble the shape and form of a smartphone or a handheld device. Whether it is Sojourner Truth commenting on the death of Eric Garner, or Hitler commenting on the 2017 White Supremacist rally in Virginia, Amplified Division via #FakeNews offers insight into today’s roiling social landscape through the words of historical figures.
Our Blurry Mind's Eye
Our Blurry Mind’s Eye is a research-based series that examines the universal language found in dreams, neuroscience, ancient symbols, and the empirical observations of Carl Jung. By using found imagery from the internet, magazines and books, and the artist’s own photographs, Grey constructs layered compositions that contain worlds within worlds. By blending reproduced photographs and other images within each dreamscape, he offers an unprecedented way of remembering to the viewer. Many of these dreamscapes are embellished with digital drawings, a process which allows him to build upon the surface while keeping true meanings veiled.