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The transformation of one material into the appearance of another is a work of theater. Like a dramatic aside that breaks the fourth wall, my work allows the audience to simultaneously perceive an illusion and that illusion's construction. I like the possibility of short-circuiting the logic of the image in this way.

My recent projects reflect on the market-driven philosophy that governs the production of daily news and its commentary. The resulting manufactured discussion distracts from a host of threats to our basic relationship with our natural world.

I soften direct political statements with idiosyncratic viewpoints, in a hope to advance common agreement among differing parties. Pop sensibilities and immediately recognizable images invite those who do not often encounter art to have a seat at the discussion. With this in mind, I look to activate a greater good as a reminder of our common grounds and mutual desires.

Centering on the mechanics of perception and the fluid meaning of public space, I pinpoint overlapping areas of abstraction and representation (for example, plaster chicken forms that look like sacks of fabric, or icebergs that look like polygonal volumes). The illusion of these forms relies on an attention to the edge where materials join and the seam between failure and potential.


David Grainger

2017



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