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Aug
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John Grade : Sculptor

Elephant Bed
Installation
Fabrica
2009

Meridian
Cast polyurethane rubber, rigid submersible foam, cables and filament.
12 x 16 x 16 feet.
2008

Circuit
glazed ceramic backed with gypsum polymer,
laminated to corn-based resin and marine netting
9′ 3″ x 24″ x 24″
2010

Circuit
glazed ceramic backed with gypsum polymer,
laminated to corn-based resin and marine netting
9′ 3″ x 24″ x 24″
2010

Circuit
glazed ceramic backed with gypsum polymer,
laminated to corn-based resin and marine netting
9′ 3″ x 24″ x 24″
2010

Fold (detail)
Wood and resin.
8 x 8 x 5 feet.
2008

Landscape is at the heart of John Grade’s work. Grade walks as a traveller, crossing vast and often extreme environments. Some are full of meaning like the Killing Fields in Cambodia, others defy human life such as the Jordanian desert or the Cascade Mountains on the US/ Canada border. When he returns to the studio he produces meticulously crafted work that combine a wide range of materials remindful of those places: wood pulps, goat fur, resins, home made ice, hot pepper sauce. Once constructed the pieces are then put back outside, into a harsh landscape, buried or left to decay, dissolve or be eaten, as nature intended. Always in transition and open to chance Grades sculptures are rarely finished. Occasionally dragging them back indoors to be exhibited or reworked, then returned again to the landscape as a possible final resting point. What we see in the gallery is just one part of a long journey of transformation. [Extract : Fabrica]

John Grade : Website

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