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Jonathan Grassi
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

Media:Photography;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I am interested capturing subjects in moments when they confront their own vulnerability and documenting their instinctual reactions. I have created controlled situations based on the notion of children at play, where the subjects are unable to maintain their composure. I observe their natural reactions as the roll down a hill, are startled in a haunted house, or are compressed in a dog pile. Presently, I am working on a series titled "Don't", where I have my subjects tickled and document their spasms and fits of laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is implied in the body language of the subject. What's beautiful to me is the complex range of emotions people display when captured this way. Are they in ecstasy? Terror? Hysteria? Rage? The body appears to become its own enemy, contradicting itself, sending out graphically mixed messages, Yes! No! More! Stop! inside and out. It's universal. The body can't help itself. In most portraiture the subject is able to pose and modify the transaction, but no one can control how they look in the throes of "gargalesthesia" -- the scientific term for the automatic response produced by heavy tickling. It is by definition a state that lies out of our knowledge and control.
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  • Joey - Tim 01 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Tim - Joey 02 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Carter - Jonathan 01 - 2012
    2012
    giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Jason - Nalika 03 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Cara - Tom 01 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Juliana - Jumana 02 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Cara - Tom 03 - 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Tom - Cara 01- 2012
    2012
    Giclee   20x24"
    In this body of work, I've been photographing people being tickled, documenting their reactions, their spasms and laughter. The tickler is rarely shown, but his or her presence is clear from the

  • Unconditional Love
    2011
    Digital C-Print
    The Dark Room is an installation operated by the visitor's imagination. In a world bombardedwith violent imagery we have become numb. Nothing we physically create can compare to theimages of our

  • Success
    2011
    Digital C- Print
    The Dark Room is an installation operated by the visitor's imagination. In a world bombardedwith violent imagery we have become numb. Nothing we physically create can compare to theimages of our

  • Pleasure
    2011
    Digital C- Print
    The Dark Room is an installation operated by the visitor's imagination. In a world bombardedwith violent imagery we have become numb. Nothing we physically create can compare to theimages of our

  • Bushwick Brunch Pile
    2009
    Digital C-Print   20x30"
    To create these images I asked groups of people to pile on top of each other and attempt to find a comfortable position. The initial awkwardness of lying on another body shifts between comfortable, jo

  • Cadman Plaza Pile
    2011
    Digital C- Print   20x30"
    To create these images I asked groups of people to pile on top of each other and attempt to find a comfortable position. The initial awkwardness of lying on another body shifts between comfortable, jo
 








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