Opening Reception Friday Oct 3rd. 5 - 8:30pm Show runs until Oct 31st. 2014
Artist Statement Painter RJ Grady transforms the historical tradition of still life painting, subtly playing with perspective and reflection, pushing the edges of perception to create an unexpected narrative between object and ground.
Where the still life typically strives to construct spatial order among multiple objects, Grady mines the relationship of a single object to its background, clandestinely creating spatial impossibilities. At first glance, his work appears to be painted in the manner of realism, but Grady bends and breaks the rules of perspective, creating an abstract liminal space where the object and ground are inexplicably intertwined. The artist employs an aerial point of view, bestowing a sense of privacy upon the viewer, and often produces large-scale works, rendering delicate, intimate objects monumental.
Grady chooses his subjects with careful consideration for their cultural significance, exploring the juxtaposition and conflation of divergent historical eras, cultures, and values. An elegant Art Nouveau vase sits sacrilegriously atop Mondrians modernist masterpiece Broadway Boogie Woogie. A piece of Mexican souvenir pottery rests on a regal Persian motif. In Gradys Bowl on Cherries, a humble Asian bowl is presented on a 1950s era American cherry motif tablecloth, juxtaposing the notion of the handcrafted versus the mass-produced object. The work also transforms a well-known saying about life into a visual pun. The bowl is not full of cherries but they are merely reflected in the bowls exterior glaze.