The Art of Being Queer Exhibition- J GRGRY

We are excited to have @JGRGRYMUSIC featuring in The Art of Being Queer Exhibition!

Artist Statement:

Hi! I'm J GRGRY. I'm a queer artist born and raised in Seattle, living in Los Angeles, where I've been writing and recording songs at Henson Studios, The Woodshed Malibu, and various other rooms around the deserts and canyons in Southern California, for the past 2 years.

Musically it's like The Police and Peter Gabriel meet St. Vincent and Perfume Genius.

Lyrically it takes on concepts like defending the politically marginalised, fighting through mental health adversity and always trying to come back to LOVE and LIGHT in the end.

DIY touring actively. Played everywhere from Key Arena, with The Killers and Portugal The Man, to SoFarSounds living room shows, to festivals like Bumbershoot and Rifflandia, to bars/clubs + teen centers.

Samsung used my song eFlower in an incredible ad campaign for one of their dope watches, in South Korea, and I also write songs for other artists and projects.

I'm super active on IG so reach out if you want to book a show, need a song or want to do a Co-write: @jgrgrymusic

The Art of Being Queer Exhibition explores and celebrates queer artists and their work from around the globe. It provides an identity experience through which we assimilate the ongoing fight for queer representation not only in the art industry, but in mainstream media as a whole. This exhibition is curated by The Art of Being Queer, a growing organisation and podcast that highlights the censorship queer artists of all mediums face every day, and provides a platform on which these artists can showcase their work that is otherwise underrepresented, rejected, or hidden altogether.

The exhibition features multiple artists, all of whom have had different societal experiences and individual sets of struggles linked to their identity. Through art of many types, these brave artists demonstrate that identity, in its purest form, is not defined by biology or culture, but by what is felt within.

The exhibition takes place at Pineapple Black Gallery on the 27th, 28th, and 29th of September during Middlesbrough Art Weekender. We would love for you to join us for our launch event on Friday 27th September, 5pm-8pm.