“Birth of a Legend,” On View at Mike Weiss Gallery



Cameron Gray

Birth of a Legend

Now On View
Through August 17

520 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
T 212 691 6899
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After running for just one week, Cameron Gray’s Birth of a Legend has attracted both rave reviews and questionable hate mail. We think at least one person is still trying to get into Puff Daddy’s "White Party"…

And we here at MWG continue to bask in Cameron’s uncanny flair for fashion – so if you couldn’t get past the bouncer last Thursday, see what you missed below (we call it a cross between an Oompa Loompa and Kubrick’s batboys…) – and make sure to get in and witness the Birth for yourself before August 17.

Thank you to everyone for making our 10-year anniversary such a great success, it was a great night and we’re so glad we could share it with so many of you.


Cameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

Selected Press:


By Stephanie
White Walls NYC

"Cameron Gray Transforms Overstimulation Into Awe At ‘Birth of a Legend"
By Emily Colucci
Société Perrier

Video Walk-Through
By Odelle Abney


Video Links:
Leif Garrett Video Clip: https://vimeo.com/69185927
Pabst Babe #1: https://vimeo.com/69185926
Pabst Babe #2: https://vimeo.com/69216800
Matt Dillon Video Clip: https://vimeo.com/69185924

Cameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

I’m not interested in celebrities per se, but rather specific celebrities. My Grandfather was obsessed with John Wayne and my sister was obsessed with Leif Garrett and Matt Dillon when she was 13 and I was 12. Cheryl Ladd was on Charlie’s Angels and I grew up watching that show religiously. I’m taking these personally meaningful icons from childhood and cutting away at them to create something more sublime.

– Cameron Gray, 2013

828.jpgCameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

From posters of teen heartthrobs such as Matt Dillon pulsating with psychedelic video and Whitney Houston’s "I Will Always Love You," to three-dimensional faces made from tacky plastic food to an entire day-glo paint-splattered black light room filled with art, California-based artist Cameron Gray’s wild, wacky and wonderfully hallucinatory exhibition Birth of a Legend at the Mike Weiss Gallery is a hypnotic trip into the visual overstimulation of the Internet age. Transforming the gallery into a complete barrage of Pop references, flashing images, jerky gifs and swirling sounds, Gray’s exhibition not only reveals his deft mining of the Internet, where every material in the show comes from, but also, the humor he brings to representing this over-mediated void.

– Emily Colucci, Société Perrier, 2013

Cameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

It was like the whole internet and every meme and every gif threw up onto a 1997 geocities website designed by a thirteen year old with ADHD. It was like the jittery headache of a Ryan Trecartin video but I actually knew what was going on. It was like Marco Brambilla but trashy. It was like what would happen if you went inside tumblr. It was neon and movement and flashing and more neon and flashing and gifs and gifs and gifs.

– Stephanie, White Walls NYC


Cameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

The last room in the gallery consisted of sculptures that seemed to be the video in static form. The largest made out of little paper cut outs of pop culture and fashion and color layered on top of each other into a cacophony of stuff, glowing under the black light. Another sculpture looked like bits of bright and shiny party trash surrounding a loop of Kate Upton doing the cat daddy, which is basically all you need to know about the internet.

– Stephanie, White Walls NYC


Cameron Gray / Birth of a Legend / Installation view / 2013

"There it is folks, the art world in a single moment." – Stephanie, White Walls NYC


Thanks to all our generous sponsors: Gucci, Miu Miu, Ferrari, Skoal Bandits, Meineke Tires, Spandex, Valtrex, Aleve, and The Hole.

Mike Weiss Gallery

520 West 24th Street

New York, NY 10011

T 212-691-6899

Hours Tues-Sat 10am to 6pm


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