The Greys – Ryan Murray

This is a collection of images of the alien race called “The Greys”, juxtaposed with images of ancient philosphers with gray beards.  The connection of the color gray to otherwordly, supernatural wisdom is of interest here, as well as a changing notion of where we get images of the “godlike” (from omniscient men with beards to a more sci-fi, super-intelligent alien helper race).  The images of The Greys (aliens) were culled from various websites, and depict both claims of true photographic evidence of aliens (autopsies, grainy enhanced photos, etc) and pop culture and homemade illustrations of them.  The images of the Gray (beards) are largely from busts, drawings, and Raphael’s painting, The School of Athens.

— Incidentally, it’s totally unclear to me why certain images remained full size and had thumbnails stacked on top of them (at least, that’s the way the post appears in my browser).  Maybe it’s a message?

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2 responses to “The Greys – Ryan Murray

  1. I very much like the contrast you chose to show in here. They do eerily match visually and conceptually as well. “The Greys” are generally smooth skinned; the greybeards we tend to associate with wrinkles and old age. But somehow they both connect with wisdom. I think it may be that aliens are most often depicted as smarter than “us” because if they are appearing on earth, they have better technology than we do, etc. Also there is a contrast here between science fiction (read: the future) and history (the past).

  2. This collection is a lot of fun, and you’ve made many strong comparisons using color, gesture, facial structure, body language, and facial expressions to build a reasonable visual argument – or at the very least (because I refuse to care about the possibility of aliens) a convincing array of comparative relationships. It is great to be able to acquire a mountain of images but it’s these relationships and comparisons you draw, and the range of formal methods you use to make those comparisons work, that create an effective visual structure within the accumulation of pictures.

    I’m not sure why the formatting of the images got a bit wonky but it became clear quickly that you were setting up pairs of comparisons.

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