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Randy Wray. By: Betsy Talbert, Kristen Phillips, and Jillian Lee. Bio. Born in Reidsville, North Carolina Attended: University of North Carolina School of the Arts The Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA) Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
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Randy Wray By: Betsy Talbert, Kristen Phillips, and Jillian Lee
Bio • Born in Reidsville, North Carolina • Attended: • University of North Carolina School of the Arts • The Maryland Institute College of Art (BFA) • Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture • Now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
The Start • Started making art during middle school in the late 1970’s • In 7th grade he was drawing, painting, and knotting macramé. • This is what led to him to receive a scholarship to the School of the Arts • In 1983 (senior year) received 4 NCSA Gold Key awards in the Scholastic Arts Awards Competition. • He believes that this is what started his art career.
Style • Describes his sculptures as “psychic architecture.” • Michele Yun (curator at the Museum of Modern Art) describes his work as: • “Hints of the supernatural and the alien.” • “Ghostly assemblages that could be viewed as organic and architectural.” • “Southern Gothic literary tradition” • Audience should get a “haunted, grotesque, and everyday supernatural” feel.
Materials • Abstract creations usually made out of: • Paper maché • Clay • Sea shells • Glitter • Carborundum grits
Sculptures and Paintings • Uses sculptures as a basis of his drawings and paintings • Takes a photograph of one of his sculptures and will create a drawing by projection the picture on a canvas. • Then applies mixed media • Close up the paintings look abstract, but from far away they look like a photo.
Voice Weatherspoon Art Museum Installation. 2005 Steel, plaster, electric lights, quartz crystals, seashells, test tubes, epoxy, resin, and mica 57 x 53 x 49 inches Picture taken by: Kristen Phillips
Other Works “Offal 3” “Preacher’s Daughter” “Dark Matter”
Citations • School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Randy Wray. Retrieved from https://www.smfa.edu/newsmodule/view/id/ 1150/src/@random4ab7f00082138/ • The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. (2003, February 19). Randy Wray Painting and Sculpture at Weatherspoon; First One- Person Museum Show for Reidsville, NC, Native. Retrieved from http:// www.uncg.edu/iss/randywray.html • Wray, R. Randy Wray: Bio/Contact. Retrieved from http:// www.randywray.net/bio.html