Jeff Grant (1975) lives and works between Berlin and New York. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and at Goldsmiths College in London in 2000.His work has been shown throughout Europe and the US: Grimm/Rosenfeld, Munich; Thomas Erben Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Whitespace, and Team Gallery. Most recently his work has been acquired by Munich Re Insurance collection in Germany.
A recent interview with Art Dependence to give some additional insight into Jeff Grants’ thinking.
Grant deals with ambiguities and over-determinations inherent in or applied to familiar images and forms. His work is characterized by exaggerated assertions and subtle contradictions. Haunted and understated it stands as a series of precisely ambiguous and shifting gestures. The specificity of an object or image’s qualities are manipulated, reaffirmed, or disregarded. Instability, elusiveness, and fragility exist concurrent to anything solid, specific, or precisely defined. They are inextricably intertwined.
Using a wide variety of media (sculpture, drawing, video, installations using found and hand made objects, etc.), he likes to take advantage of restrictions presented in found objects and images. As well as impose his restrictions and alterations on those. It is in the limitations of the materials that he finds the precise spot for un-defining a thing.