For over two decades, Michael Joaquin Grey, often described as both an artist and an inventor, has looked at how human life is developing within dense and intricate systems. Grey is often credited foremost as a sculptor, but he does not limit himself to this, and uses a number of mediums to create his work. Central to his practice is the observation that is innate within scientific study and how we learn as children. Grey's sculpture very much reflects the society around him and looks at the importance of how we teach what we teach. With work that bridges the fields of art and science, his deconstruction of development extends to both animate and inanimate objects with 'sculptures' that include codes, charts, alphabets, and his own muscle tissue.
In light of the fact his new exhibition 'Orange between orange and Orange' will be the first time his work has been on display in the UK in a decade, we spoke to Grey about his relationship with art and science as well as the complexity of the pieces in his show.
Dazed Digital: As an artist and inventor, how do you think the worlds of science and art compliment each other?
Michael Joaquin Grey: I think they compliment each other perfectly, we are taught too early on that they are different. At their best, science and art are basic research and play. Science is only something that is verifiable and reproducible. It is unfortunate that we make something more of it.
DD: How do you keep a sense of personal consistency whilst working across different mediums?
Michael Joaquin Grey: You always leave your mark were ever you go, it's a bigger challenge often to erase it.
DD: A number of voices feature on the film entitled 'So What' (2012) including Steve Jobs and the Rolling Stones, how did you choose/compile what appeared the piece?
Michael Joaquin Grey: There are now close to 100 sound works in 'So What' (2012) mostly chosen from conversations with friends over the year. It is a purely subjective jukebox to both one's end and beginning. The work is not recorded, it is live, so the sounds that generate the orrery of the solar system can be personalised for another person's journey.
DD: What do you feel has been the biggest differences in influences on your work since your last solo show?
Michael Joaquin Grey: Having a child, my son Cy who turned two this week. I'm very interested in early development and pedagogy and now it isn't such an abstraction.
DD: What could you tell people to expect from the show, in three words?
Michael Joaquin Grey: The quaquaversal return.
Orange between orange and Orange runs from 11th January - 16th February 2013, at the Carroll / Fletcher, 56 - 57 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8EQ