Artwork by David Marc Grant
My work is concerned with the development of a refined syntactical system that stems from
an investigation into the process and problem solving of formal painting issues, as well as
addressing my interest in external geo-political issues. The conceptual locus of the work
revolves around a personal interest in the environmental problems, contradictions, and
unintended consequences of a civilization built on a foundation of unsustainable growth
on a finite planet.
I am interested in the haphazard residue from the current economic paradigm of consumption
in the age of cheap oil under conditions of corporate capitalism. I ask the viewer to fall
in love with the consumption of brightly colored consumer objects, in this case paintings,
while simultaneously suggesting the dangerous consequences implicit in the act. The work
exemplifies this contradiction formally. Asserting several reoccurring motifs from both a
personal and appropriated lexicon, landscapes and portraits emerge populated by amalgam
fictitious forms and structures, machines, and chimerical biomorphs connected by ubiquitous
loops of tubes and pipes, color bars, patterns, and reductive abstractions. These formations
simultaneously flirt with notions of utopian and dystopian visions of technology and structure
of an unknown temporality. They could exist in the past, present, or future, possibly all at
the same time.
Accordingly, the work is situated in an art historical context that is also atemporal.
Plucking what I like formally from the Constructivist/Suprematist movement, Persian miniaturists,
Op, Pop, advertising, comics, science fiction films, and contemporary low brow, my work is ultimately
a synthesis of multiple trajectories merging in a contemporary vision that is non-hierarchical.
David Marc Grant May 2010
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