Michael Joaquin Grey

1961, Los Angeles


For the past twenty years, Michael Joaquin Grey has been creating work that extends and plays with the boundaries of art, science, and media. His investigations revolve around the development and the origins of life, language, and form—as related to natural and complex systems. Critical moments in natural phenomena and culture are objects in his work, as are the prepositional states of change between matter, energy, behavior, and meaning. Grey’s dialogue engages epistemological and pedagogical limitations of the creative tools and processes we use to observe, learn, and play in our world.

Grey’s artistic exploration led to the invention of Zoob, a modeling system and toy that emulates dynamic and living systems. Most recently he has been exploring computational cinema and autonomic drawing with sound, motion, and video primitives. Grey received a B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Genetics and an M.F.A. from Yale.

Michael Joaquin Grey’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Serpentine Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Fundación Privada Sorigué, Spain; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Milwaukee Art Museum; Walker Art Center; Philbrook Museum of Art; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Norrtalje Konsthall, Sweden; Nordic Art Center, Helsinki; Kunsthalle Loppem, Belgium; Kunstverein Hannover; Berkeley Art Museum; California.

He has also exhibited at Metro Pictures; Margo Levin Gallery; Gagosian Gallery; Jack Tilton Gallery, New York; Galerie Max Hetzler, Köln; and the Sundance Film Festival. Grey’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Petersburg Gallery; Lisson Gallery, London; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Brooke Alexander Editions, New York and bitforms gallery, Korea and New York.