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Gray Wielebinski:
The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Red Sun is High [detail], 2023, multi-media installation with six renderings on vinyl of film stills from Querelle, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1982; vinyl tape on floor; emulsion paint on windows; four-channel audio; overall dimensions variable

Join us for the preview of Gray Wielebinski: The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low, the artist’s first solo institutional exhibition. Featuring all new site-specific work, the exhibition addresses the complex state of agency today, specifically, anxieties underpinning apocalypticisim, simulation and the systems that mediate our behaviour. 

Expanding Wielebinski’s exploration of the boundaries of private and public spaces, with references spanning sci-fi, Cold War legacies and games, The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low transforms the ICA into an investigation of constructed worlds within worlds. In doing so, Wielebinski responds to our neighbours on The Mall: Buckingham Palace, St. James’s Park and the Admiralty Citadel. 

The exhibition’s title is taken from a 1978 essay by science fiction writer and critic Samuel R. Delany. Delany uses the sentence as an example of the corrective and revisionary process of reading science fiction, in which ‘each new word revises the complex picture we had a moment before.’


6:30 – 10:30pm Exhibition preview (Lower Gallery)

8:30 – 10:30pm Lil C, DJ set (Bar)
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, UK in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: group shows at Gio Marconi in Milan (artist co-curated) (2023); Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA (2023); Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London, UK (2022); Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2022); and V.O Curations, London, UK (2021). Recent solo exhibitions include: Selfridges Orchard Street windows (Sep2023); Anat Ebgi in LA (October 2023; Love and Theft, 12.26 Gallery in Los Angeles, CA (2023); Oil and Water, Hales Gallery in London (2021); and Two Snakes, 12.26 Gallery in Dallas, Texas (2020). Recent residencies include V.O Curations, City and Guilds in London in 2021 and 2019 respectively and at the Academy of Visual Arts in Hong Kong in 2018. His first book 100 Baseball Cards was published with Baron Books in 2022. 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. Artist book publication The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low* will be available at the ICA Bookshop.
The Red Sun is High, the Blue Low is supported by the Gray Wielebinski Exhibition Supporters Circle: Selfridges, Hannah Barry, OMNI, Hales Gallery.
06:30 pm
Tue, 19 Sep 2023
Lower Gallery & Bar
Tuesday 19 Sep, 6:30pm, Lower Gallery & Bar

Free, booking required.

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