Todd Gray’s photography based works mine the history of colonialism and engage the performance of ritual and transformation. Originally a commercial photographer, Gray began creating more conceptually-based images and playing with the creation of meaning through images. His recent series of self-portraits are performance-based explorations of identity through the transformation of his body. The photo sculptures featuring taxidermied animals, such as America 2, show a literal collision—a taxidermied animal violently, but cleanly, bisected by colonial architecture.
Gray has participated in many international group exhibitions, and was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Luckman Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles. He received an MFA from Cal Arts, and is currently professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at Cal State Long Beach.http://toddgray.uber.com/