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April 20, 2011: Alexandra Grant — Painter

Posted on April 19, 2011 by School of Art

Alexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing and sculpture. She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), and galleries in the US and abroad. Grant has explored ideas of translation, identity, and dislocation not only in drawings, painting and sculpture, but also in conversation with other artists and writers, such as her longterm collaborator, hypertext author Michael Joyce, the actor Keanu Reeves, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant maps language in different media: from intricate wire filigree sculptures to large scale drawing/paintings on paper. She investigates translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations in two dimensions to three dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” images? How does language place us? What is the role of the hand in a world dominated by electronic communication? Grant recently had a second solo show with Honor Fraser Gallery in September, 2010, and currently has work on view at the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is the founding Board Chair and artist with the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, an artist-driven redevelopment of the homes across the street from Watts Towers.


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