Georgia Gardner Gray
27 October — 26 November 2017
Opening: Friday 27 October, 7pm
UKS, St. Olavs gate 3, Oslo
Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, Oslo
Friday 27 October, 9pm
Saturday 28 October, matinée 3pm
Saturday 28 October, soirée 7:30pm
UKS presents Georgia Gardner Grays’ first institutional solo exhibition in Scandinavia, CONCORDE, opening at 7pm on Friday 27 October. This is the inaugural exhibition in a series of UKS solo shows, commencing in autumn 2017, each employing both UKS’ grounds and a part of the neighboring venue, Kunstnernes Hus, enabling the simultaneous exploration of very different corners of the artistic production in question.
First in this series of double exposés is the American, Berlin-based painter, sculptor, and occasional playwright Georgia Gardner Gray (b.1988). In her dual exhibition, titled CONCORDE, Gray transforms the ground floor of Kunstnernes Hus into a black box display for an approximately life-size model of the iconic, sculptural bodywork of the supersonic turbojet, the Concorde, simultaneously forming the stage-set for a live play taking place on the opening weekend. Involving nine international performers, the play follows a series of absurdist DIY-satires written and directed by the artist—among them Precious Provincials, which premiered at Kunstverein, Hamburg earlier this year and Schaumstoffladen at Acud Macht Neu, Berlin in 2016—using untrained friends and colleagues as actors.
Meanwhile UKS’ brightly lit premises offer a contrasting context for a new series of paintings and a larger installation of silver-wrapped furniture and Plexiglas vitrines carrying collectibles. The display at UKS revolves around Gray’s playful relation to painting as a place to perform and amuse with her often hysteric, grotesque, and decadent contemporary subjects figuratively depicted in deep hued colors.
A resonating theme of Gray’s exhibition is one of status and loneliness. Accelerated neoliberal economies create vast disparities: the super-rich 1% boarding the Concorde versus the 99%. In Gray’s world affective economies create a detachment that saturates even amicable or intimately loving relationships—a detachment, too, that is continuously perpetuated via the high (Concorde-) speed spin of fame and persona within the visual arts.
Based in Berlin, Georgia Gardner Gray (b.1988, US) graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a BFA in 2011. Previous exhibitions and projects include participation in the group exhibition Monday is a Day Between Tuesday and Sunday at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2017); solo shows and plays Precious Provincials at Kunstverein in Hamburg and Schaumstoffladen at Acud Macht Neu, Berlin (2016); partaking in the presentation New Theater: Selected Plays 2013–2015 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015), and participation in the group show The Pipe at the Gates of Dawn, curated by Grayson Revoir at Jan Kaps, Cologne (2015). Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Croy Nielsen in Vienna and a group exhibition as part of Condo New York at Bodega.
The exhibition is supported by the Goethe-Institut and Croy Nielsen.