Grant's solo exhibition "Cobble Paintings" represents a personal reordering of historical painting signs through the repeated depiction of set forms; in this case, the stones that shape and paved Berlin city streets.
The practice informing "Cobble Paintings" began with wanderings through Berlin upon which Grant found cobblestone grids that reflected the rhythm of these aimless walks. As he stumbled across these structures and forms, Grant would photograph them, then later develop paintings through non-hierarchical observations of drawings, other paintings and observations outside the studio. Based on quotidian notations of light, structure and form, Grant’s practice results in an abstracted image that may be simultaneously perceived as a number of living and non-living things which appear in day-to-day routine.
Cobblestones are simple objects that are part of the everyday, yet become repeated and depicted in a subtle, painterly manner in Grant's solo exhibition. Similarly, cobblestones represent an element of the built and constructed that is also reflected in the painting practice of Grant himself. Providing structure to the streets, cobblestones are constant, yet also ruined by foot and vehicle traffic, worn by heat and rain, and then repaired in order to fill the gaps. In this sense, they are a solid structure that is both shifted and fluid, definite yet amorphous. Similarly, in "Cobble Paintings", Grant is enabled to examine the history of painting in a matter-of-fact way; as a set of forms, signs and symbols that are continually reordered in an attempt to find a new image. In any case, what shines throughout Grant’s solo exhibition is a sense of the thriving life of the familiar; an insistence on slowness within a rapidly shifting and destabilizing world.
Opening: Tuesday, August 13, 6-9 pm
Duration: August 14-17, 2-7 pm
ABOUT JAMESON GRANT
Jameson Grant is a painter based in New York whose work is characterised by abstracted figures that are derived from acute observations and then repeated in a way that they become disorienting.
2014 Grant received his BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore. He has presented his work in the solo exhibition “Oil Then Acrylic” at the Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, in 2014; and took part in the group shows Studio Mixx, Subbasement Studio, Baltimore MD, curated by Fletcher Mackey, 2012, Juried UG Show, Decker Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Karyn Miller and Jack Livingston, 2012, Chromatics Gallery 304, Baltimore MD, curated by Janet Olney, 2013, On The Mark, Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Laura Beth Langley, 2014, Locally Sourced, American University Museum, Washington DC, 2014, Murica: A Patriotic Art Show, PhilaMOCA, Philladelphia PA, 2014, and Blushing, at the Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Claire Felonis 2015. Grant was awarded the Trustee Grant, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2010.
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