Richard Grayson (b 1958) is an artist, curator and writer. Recent solo exhibitions include the Magpie Index Matts Gallery London, 2012, The Objectivist Studio Alma Enterprises London 2011, The Golden Space City of God, Kunst Museum Thurgau Switzerland 2010 and Matts Gallery 2009. The De La Warr Pavilion 2010 presented a five year retrospective of his work in 2010. Group exhibitions include the 2010 Sydney Biennale, and Choral Visual, Siemens Foundation Casa de la Cultura, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He curated the 2002 Sydney Biennale, The World May Be Fantastic, the Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition A Secret Service: art concealment compulsion, 2006 and Polytechnic, Raven Row, London 2010, which looked at time-based and experimental practices in the UK from the mid-seventies and early eighties. He was a founder member of the Basement Group, 1979-1984 Newcastle upon Tyne, an artist collective that made and represented time-based and performance practice.
Writings on artists include: Susan Hiller, Kunsthalle, Nuremberg 2011, Mark Wallinger, Aargauer Kunsthaus, Rignier, Switzerland 2008, and Mike Nelson: Koenig Books, 2006, reprinted in Ruins ed Brian Dillon MIT Press Boston and Whitechapel Gallery. He is represented by Matts Gallery, London and Yuill/Crowley, Sydney.
His work as artist and curator broadly investigates ways language and narrative are used to make sense of the world around us, and how narratives in turn generate worlds of their own. Subjective personal readings and constructions of the world and ways that these might achieve social political and cultural expression is the central focus of his work.
The primary focus is on narratives and fictions in contemporary visual culture -both as an artist and curator - how they are used both to understand the world and model potentialities. The focus is on the subjective and the belief system as sites of opposition to hegemonic capital and commodity, and as a response to the discourses of modernity and enlightenment rationality.