Todd Gray

Untitled (Paris, Akwidaa, Cosmos)
Ink jet Photograph

Todd Gray’s photo based work explores issues of colonialism, diaspora, and contemporary/historical examinations of power. Gray works between Los Angeles and Ghana, where he explores the dislocations and cultural connections which link Western hegemony with West Africa. Gray works in multiple mediums including photo-based work, sculpture and performance.

He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He is Professor Emeritus, School of Art, California State University, Long Beach.

His work is included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Gallery of Canada; Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles among others. He was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018, and exhibited in the 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial.

For the Drive-by-ARt I am showing images from a formal imperial garden in Paris (Luxembourg Garden), a child looking out into the Atlantic Ocean’s middle passage from the shores of Ghana and an image of the cosmos.

Past, present and future intersect in the work.