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Richard Grayson, The Magpie Index, 2010, still from a color HD video, 80 minutes.

Richard Grayson

Matt's Gallery

Richard Grayson, The Magpie Index, 2010, still from a color HD video, 80 minutes.

Simply described, Richard Grayson’s The Magpie Index, 2010, the sole work in this show, is a portrait of the singer-songwriter Roy Harper. Perhaps best known for his work as a sideman with luminaries such as Jimmy Page, Dave Gilmour, Keith Moon, and Kate Bush, he is still relatively unknown to the broader public despite the honor of having a Led Zeppelin song named after him. This single-channel, high-definition video does not show Harper singing or playing, nor is it a typical documentary with historical footage and interviews with friends and associates building up a picture of the musician and his achievements. In fact, Harper merely discusses his thoughts on life. Music is mentioned little and heard not at all.

Grayson’s creative work has taken myriad forms, from art and performance to music as well as curating and criticism. Across the range of these approaches, what comes

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