Peter N. Gray / Metal-i- Genics Studio often expresses the inherent aesthetics of science as well as societal situations and community influences. His extensive travels in France and Asia bring additional influences. The art blends the organic nature of plants and animals with non-objective shapes and forms using found and new components. The pieces integrate the various key structural components of today’s society and pair the materials with unlikely opposites. Gray’s artistic mission introduces the public to information in a nontraditional context so they seek additional knowledge. The concepts emanate from multidisciplinary biomedical and artistic training. Each piece is designed to bring the artistic aspects of science into the realm of each person to awaken the inner scientist. He is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in steel, stainless steel and bronze. His large-scale public sculptures are in permanent collections of sculpture parks, Chicago public schools, Chicago State University, a CTA subway station and a UC mini-park. For 2017 he was selected as a Fellow of the Spertus Institute to generate a new direction and body of work to be exhibited later this year and is the SciArt Artist of the month for August 2017. The Impositions series presents, sculpturally, situations where the person is/was restrained by their gender, family, occupation, or societal morés. Sometimes the person escapes or ascends, or is in a box part of the day and out of the box the rest of the day. “Breaking Barriers” is reminiscent of the struggles that women had to break through to be in the position they are today.