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Joan Grubin
New York, NY
Neighborhood: Dumbo



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is a hybrid combining elements of painting, sculpture, and installation that focuses on color and light to deal with issues of perception, color, and optical illusion. Each dimensional installation in paper is an interaction between color as pigment, color as light, and shadows, often conflating these elements in spatially ambiguous ways. Drawing on the vocabulary of minimalist geometric abstraction, and deploying reflected color on the wall from fluorescent paint, I create optical experiences which raise questions about the discrepancy between what we see and what we know. My intention is to orchestrate perception in ways that are at once pleasurable, disorienting, and hypnotic.

The minimal physical materiality of the use of paper, as well as the extreme economy of means are important to me, as a way of focusing on the notion of making something out of nothing, or almost nothing. Underlying all the work is the desire to harness and include the immaterial - that which is visible but not physically present, such as reflected color, negative spaces, and shadows - as graphic elements integral to the work.

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  • Exhalation, low angle detail
    2007
    acrylic on paper, acrylic and graphite on wall
    Exhalation is a large wall installation in which a pattern of concave diamonds appears to well up out of the void of the white wall. The diamonds are articulated with thin strips of painted paper that

  • Exhalation, side view detail
    2007
    acrylic on paper, acrylic and graphite on wall
    Exhalation is a large wall installation in which a pattern of concave diamonds appears to well up out of the void of the white wall. The diamonds are articulated with thin strips of painted paper that

  • Big Grid
    2011
    Acrylic on paper, shadows
    Big Grid is a site-specific wall drawing that weaves mounted and collaged painted paper strips with their cast shadows in an optically ambiguous way. The fact that the paper is painted to closely

  • Big Grid (Detail)
    2011
    Acrylic on paper, shadows
    Big Grid is a site-specific wall drawing that weaves mounted and collaged painted paper strips with their cast shadows in an optically ambiguous way. The fact that the paper is painted to closely

  • Passing Go
    2011
    Acrylic on paper
    Passing Go is an optically mystifying installation of alternating horizontal paper strips, their cast shadows, and thin paper flaps that both cast shadows and reflect color upward on the wall from u

  • Passing Go (Detail)
    2011
    Acrylic on paper
    Passing Go is an optically mystifying installation of alternating horizontal paper strips, their cast shadows, and thin paper flaps that both cast shadows and reflect color upward on the wall from un

  • Code
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Code consists of a paper grid through which flit whimsical small sculptural gestures that suggest but resist meaning. The grid assumes rigor in the center but collapses at the margins, making visible

  • Sketchbook
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Sketchbook is a variable installation of small 3-dimensional paper "gestures" made from the detritus of my ongoing work in paper. In this image, the whimsical objects are arranged in casual

  • Sketchbook (Detail)
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Sketchbook is a variable installation of small 3-dimensional paper "gestures" made from the detritus of my ongoing work in paper. In this image, the whimsical objects are arranged in casual

  • Soundings
    2007
    Acrylic on paper and wall
    SOUNDINGS is a wall installation combining three dimensional paper strips and two dimensional stripes painted on the wall. The pipe-like columns appear to ripple out of the wall, and the pink reflecte

  • Soundings (Detail)
    2007
    Acrylic on paper and wall
    SOUNDINGS is a wall installation combining three dimensional paper strips and two dimensional stripes painted on the wall. The pipe-like columns appear to ripple out of the wall, and the pink reflecte

  • Pink Apparition
    2011
    Acrylic on paper
    Pink Apparition is a construction of horizontal paper strips that span a corner, implying weight and volume with minimal materiality.

  • Sampler
    2010
    Acrylic on paper, shadows
    Sampler is a "shadow drawing" in which thin strips of paper painted progressively deeper values of shadow-colored gray and looping out from the wall, are optically woven with their cast shad

  • Radiation
    2011
    Acrylic on paper

  • Tattoo
    2010
    Paper and shadows
    Tattoo is a teasing optical blend of 3D horizontal zigzagging strips of white paper, their diagonal cast shadows, and tiny squares of mirror paper affixed to the wall.

  • Cluster
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Cluster is a wall installation made of tiny paper flaps. The visible color is almost entirely reflected color, created by unseen fluorescent paint on the tops of the flaps projecting upwards onto the

  • Verse
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Verse is a construction of tiny paper flaps in which the visible color is almost entirely reflected color, created by unseen fluorescent paint on the tops of the flaps projecting upwards onto the unde

  • Lattice #5
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    The work in the Lattice series engages two planes by its construction of folded paper flaps mounted out from the paper substrate. Based on a finely calibrated interplay between pigment and reflected

  • Equinox
    2010
    Acrylic on paper
    Equinox is a 3-dimensional work consisting of a series of vertical paper "fins" that project out from the wall surface. Fluorescent paint on the sides of each fin reflects color in the gaps

  • Patch
    2008
    Acrylic on paper
    Patch is made of horizontal bent strips of paper that project out from the paper support in a zigzag pattern. Green fluorescent paint on the back of the strips produces the intermittent green glow be
 








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