Gray Wielebinski (b. 1991 Dallas, TX, USA) received a BA from Pomona College, Claremont CA, USA in 2014 before completing an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2018. In Wielebinski’s expansive practice, incorporating video, performance, collage, installation, sculpture, and more, they explore the intersections of mythology, identity, gender, nationhood, and memory. Reconfiguring and transforming iconography and visual codes, their work seeks to navigate and question society’s frameworks and belief systems. Wielebinski deftly confronts realities in order to imagine and propose alternatives.
Wielebinski has exhibited internationally and recent exhibitions include Two Snakes, a solo show at 12.26 Gallery in Dallas, Texas (2020), Our Ashes Make Great Fertilizer at Public Gallery, London, (2020) Repurposed Textiles at Krefelder Kunstverein in Krefeld, DE (2020) and at Frieze London with Hales Gallery, where they will also have a solo show in London in Summer 2021.
Their work has been written about extensively, most notably in The Art Newspaper, Flash Art, Art Maze, It’s Nice That, Dazed, Time Out London, AQNB and Hammer Museum Graphite Magazine. Wielebinski’s work is in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Library & Archives, CA, USA.
Gray will spend their time in residence at V.O developing a group show, which will include their work along with the work of others, and will be the first time they have undertaken a curatorial project.
Whilst in residence, Gray will be mentored by Margot Norton, Curator at the New Museum, New York.
Margot Norton is Curator at the New Museum, New York. She is currently working on a survey exhibition of the work of Lynn Hershman Leeson and the 2021 edition of the New Museum Triennial, co-curated with Jamillah James. Norton joined the New Museum in 2011 and has curated and co-curated exhibitions with Carmen Argote, Judith Bernstein, Diedrick Brackens, Pia Camil, Sarah Charlesworth, Roberto Cuoghi, Ragnar Kjartansson, Sarah Lucas, Chris Ofili, Goshka Macuga, Nathaniel Mellors, Laure Prouvost, Pipilotti Rist, Mika Rottenberg, Anri Sala, Kaari Upson, and Erika Vogt; and group exhibitions “The Keeper,” “Here and Elsewhere,” and “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” In October 2017, she curated “Sequences VIII: Elastic Hours,” the Eighth Sequences Real Time Art Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland, and the Georgian Pavillion at the 2019 Venice Biennale with artist Anna K.E.. Before joining the New Museum, Norton was a curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has contributed to and edited numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, and regularly lectures on contemporary art and curating. She holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University, New York.