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Meeting of Like Minds: How Trees Inspire John Gradé’s Art
April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDTFree
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John Gradé (American, born 1970 in Minneapolis, MN) lives and works in Seattle, WA.
Inspired by changing geological and biological forms and systems in the natural world. John works with his studio team of twenty assistants to sculpt immersive large-scale, site-specific installations. Kinetics, impermanence and chance are often central to the work. At our MOLM, John will share with us how he has been inspired by trees in his travels.
Recent projects draw inspiration from mountains in Nevada’s Great Basin, highland forests in Guatemala and changing landforms above the Arctic Circle. Beginning a series investigating natural disasters, upcoming sculptures will relate directly to forest fires, windstorms and earthquakes.
John is the recipient of the 2010 Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (NY), a Tiffany Foundation Award (NY), three Andy Warhol Foundation Grant Awards (NY), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (NY), the 2011 Arlene Schnitzer Prize from the Portland Art Museum (OR), and the 2013 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust (WA).
Recent and upcoming project venues include the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington DC., the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the Arte Sella Sculpture Park in Trento, Italy, The Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Tacoma International Airport, the US embassy in Guatemala City, and the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.
This fascinating video describes the creation of Middle Fork, his installation at the Seattle Art Museum.
In 2019 the Anchorage Museum and Hirmer (Germany) published “Reclaimed”, a large format 300-page survey of Grade’s work with essays, an interview and hundreds of color photos of past projects.
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