Friday, September 4, 2015

Meet COSMOS Artist, Boya Sun


The COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck is here! We are proud to present this collaborative, 100 artist deck celebrating the 88 modern constellations, planets, and astral bodies! You can find the pre-sale of the project on the Light Grey Shop here.

As we lead up to the show, opening October 30th, we will be highlighting some of the fantastic illustrations and mythology behind the project- Keep an eye out for your favorite artists and pieces!

Today we are sharing a sneak peek of work by Boya Sun. Boya is an illustrator who was born in Beijing and grew up in Canada, who later went on to study illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work boasts dynamic compositions, and intense colors! You can find more of Boya’s work on his website (

Boya Sun

About this card:
Scorpius (also known as Scorpio) is one of the oldest constellations in the sky. Scorpius was memorialized after killing Orion for his arrogant exclamation that he could kill all of the animals on Earth. The theme of death is not unfamiliar to Scorpius. Scorpio rules the eighth house, which is the house of death, sex and resources. Of course, none of these aspects should be taken lightly and the seriousness of a Scorpio's demeanor will reflect the things they rule over. Though it is a water sign (which would normally indicate an emotional individual) Scorpio's reserved nature makes them prone to repressing their emotions.

Scorpio is fearless, intense and passionate. They are highly competitive, a trait that comes out in both work and play. They are unafraid of taking risks and often find the thrill that comes with fighting things head-on worth a potential negative outcome. In personal matters, they prefer to see the world in black and white. Highly secretive and easily suspicious of others because of their uncanny ability to see the motives of others, they do not waste time in relationships or matters where they feel at risk or if the other party is acting ambiguously. They know what they want and aren't afraid to get it.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck Pre-Sale!


We have huge news! We are proud to present our newest publication, collaborative artist deck, and comprehensive guidebook that celebrates the modern constellations, planetary influences, and mythology of the night sky!

The COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck includes the artwork of 100 illustrators, printmakers, and concept artists from around the globe. The project is an interactive tarot deck that is filled with beautiful and symbolic imagery, the history and myths of the universe, and celestial spreads for readings!

You can read more about the project below, and see the first view of the project on the Light Grey Shop here.


The limited edition COSMOS decks feature gilded edges and gold-foil constellations. The project contains 78 gilded Tarot cards, and 22 gilded Oracle cards, each with quick-reference key-words on the front of each card. The deck is interactive and includes a 150 page guide to how to read the Cosmos, instructions and guidance for eight different spreads, and information on the history, lore and symbolism for each subject.

Mark your calendars for the opening reception and project release on October 30th from 7-10pm. The COSMOS Exhibition will include a massive fiber-optic installation with all 100 pieces. It will be on display through November 27, 2015.

There are 88 modern constellations in the sky, suspended amongst incredible natural phenomena that shape worlds beyond our own. Billions of people have looked up at the night sky and wondered about their place in the universe. Oracles used the stars to predict events to come and constellations became beacons that could guide travelers across uncharted territory. The night is full of glittering reminders that we may not be alone in this universe. For eons the cosmos have held great significance in countless civilizations, and now, Light Grey Art Lab will turn out the lights and look to the skies. For more information about this project and the contributing artists, please visit

Thank you for your support!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Podcast: Do You Wanna Hang Out Sometime?

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Do You Wanna Hang Out Sometime?
Length: 00:48:48
Synopsis: If you're a creative person, it's surprisingly tricky to juggle ambitions, friends, projects, health, love and life. On this week's podcast, we talk about getting out of the studio and becoming social butterflies... or not. After all, maybe that social interaction thing isn't all it's cracked up to be. Then we talk about being horrible teens.

Show Notes:
2016 Iceland Residency Information and Application
Light Grey Game Night

Monday, August 24, 2015

Podcast: Troubleshooting Odo's Problems

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Troubleshooting Odo's Problems
Length: 01:07:01
Synopsis: After helping Deep Space 9's Odo (Rene Auberjonois) with some tech problems on twitter, Lindsay's a little starstruck. On this week's podcast, we talk about approaching people who may intimidate you a little, expectations and social contracts when meeting new people, and the joy of finding out that everyone, regardless of success or talent, is still a real person at the end of the day.

Show Notes:
Rene Auberjonois on Twitter
2016 Iceland Residency Information and Application
Light Grey Game Night

Friday, August 21, 2015

Applications Open for the Light Grey Iceland Residency 2016!

2016 Iceland Residency

Our team is back in Minneapolis after completing the Light Grey Iceland Residency 2015! Over the last couple weeks, we have been traveling with 24 artists of different industries and backgrounds, exploring Iceland's most sublime landscapes, geothermal pools, and volcanic formations. We had a wonderful time traveling, sharing ideas, and collaborating with one another! Photographs, sketches, and documentation from the Iceland Residency 2015 will be shared shortly! You can find out more information about the artists that attended this year's residency on our website here: Team Lichen and Team Moss.

Iceland 2014

Applications for the Iceland Residency 2016 are now available!

We invite artists to apply for a spot in next year's program. Join a small team of exceptional creators and academics on a journey of discovery, camaraderie, and inspiration in one of the most incredible and fragile landscapes in the world. Dipping into the Arctic circle, Iceland's landscape is a paradoxically gorgeous mixture of fire and ice, home to fragile (but hardy) varieties of lichen, bird-life, and glaciers. We welcome artists from all over the world to apply for the residency and are looking forward to the diverse backgrounds and perspectives we'll share abroad.

Iceland 2014

Applications are due August 30th. If you are interested in traveling with us for the 2016 program, please read all of the details, schedules, and program information on the Light Grey website here. The application form is linked at the bottom of the page along with new information about scholarship opportunities.

Photographs by Chris Hajny from the 2014 & 2015 Residency

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Comic Exhibition and Autoptic Art Festival Recap!

Last week, Light Grey had the wonderful opportunity to participate in Autoptic, a biennial two-day festival of independent culture, which happened in downtown Minneapolis! The festival was filled with tons of great artwork from local and national exhibitors, including comics, zines, prints, and everthing in between.

Many of the exhibitors and festival attendees gathered at Light Grey Art Lab for the opening reception and Autoptic kick-off party. It was a two-part exhibition featuring international comic artists, displaying their new works, printed projects, and original drawings. The exhibition was hosted by Autoptic and ChiFouMi and held at Light Grey Art Lab.

Anders Nilsen curated a show titled Nothing Will Ever Be The Same featuring work by Charles Burns, Aidan Koch, Antoine Marchalot, Helge Reumann, and Laura Park. Additionally, there was a small solo exhibition of work by Dominique Goblet called Works on Paper. It was a lively scene as groups of artists and art appreciators met and celebrated with the anticipation of an art-filled weekend ahead. We loved hosting the event and would like to thank every one who stopped by and made the night so special!

We loved every minute of the weekend and meeting all of you! If you missed the chance to stop by our booth at Autoptic, you can always see the latest work at You can also see the Comic Exhibition that will be on display through August 20th. Thanks again to all of the awesome exhibitors and supporters of Autoptic, and we look forward to the next event!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Podcast: 2015 Iceland Diaries : Part Four

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2015 Iceland Diaries : Part Four
Length: 01:21:05
Synopsis: Once again, the Light Grey Art Lab team returns to Iceland! We're hosting two, back-to-back, week-long artist residencies in southern Iceland, right at the base of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Our two groups of amazing artists (Team Moss and Team Lichen) each spent an entire week exploring, conversing, and learning together. In the fourth, and final, part of our multi-part 2015 Iceland Diaries series, Jenny, Lindsay, and Chris take a moment each evening to reflect on the day's events, share stories, and sometimes get a little loopy. A final huge 'thank you' to all the participating artists in the 2015 residency, and we look forward to next year's program!

Jenny and the giant.

Show Notes:
#TeamMoss2015 - Instagram
#TeamMoss2015 - Twitter
#TeamLichen2015 - Instagram
#TeamLichen2015 - Twitter
2016 Iceland Residency Information and Application