Joseph Grigely is an artist and writer whose work addresses questions about the materialization of language and communication, and the ways conversations might be represented in the absence of speech. A collector of inscribed words, documents, and related artifacts, Grigely’s ongoing work, collectively titled ‘Conversations with the Hearing’, is concerned with archives and archival practices and how archives might be activated with formal and narrative meaning.

‘Some years ago I was sitting in the New York apartment of a friend having tea and a conversation. A large part of our exchange had to do with the senses, and how communication involved a wide array of possibilities outside the norm of what it means to be human. Deep into the conversation, my friend told me a story about a blind baby who had learned to imitate—perfectly—the sound of a refrigerator and the sound of a car going over gravel as it approached the house. After a long pause in which we considered the implications of this, my friend turned to me and said: “Beauty is difficult. Never forget that.”’ – Joseph Grigely

Selected works

Paula’s Birthday Party

1998/2016
Pigment print
149 × 149 cm ( 58 2132 × 58 2132 inches )

We Need a Drinking Song

2012
Crystal urethane
⌀60 × 72 × 64 cm ( ⌀23 58 × 28 1132 × 25 316 inches )

Cold Comfort

2006
Pigment print
46.5 × 36.5 cm ( 18 516 × 14 38 inches )

Songs Without Words (Fiona Apple)

2020
Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g
84.4 × 99 × 4.8 cm ( 33 732 × 38 3132 × 1 78 inches )

Songs Without Words (Garanča)

2020
Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g
99.7 × 83.9 × 4.8 cm ( 39 14 × 33 132 × 1 78 inches )

Songs Without Words (Julia Bullock)

2020
Digital pigment print on Photo Rag Hahnemühle paper 305 g
99.7 × 83.7 × 4.8 cm ( 39 14 × 32 1516 × 1 78 inches )

Even If You Can’t Hear

2016
Ink and pencil on paper, pins
75.5 × 262 cm ( 29 2332 × 103 532 inches )

Bulletin Board I

2010
Pigment print
120.65 × 321.31 cm ( 47 12 × 126 12 inches )

Bulletin Board II

2010
Pigment print
120.65 × 321.31 cm ( 47 12 × 126 12 inches )

Installation

Blueberry Surprise

2019
Marian Goodman Gallery
London

The Information Economy

2010
New York Art Books Fair at PS1
New York

EindhovenIstanbul

2005
Van Abbemuseum
Eindhoven

Songs Without Words

2008
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago

Erre

2011
Centre Pompidou
Metz
Paris

Voilà

2000
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Paris

Exhibitions

Small Talk

Madrid
Mar 17 - May 19, 2018
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Long live the old flesh

Barcelona
May 19 - Jul 29, 2016
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