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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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ARTIST RESUME:


EDUCATION
2002 BFA Photography, Parsons School of Design - New York

EXHIBITIONS
2013
"Striphanger #1," Striphanger Studio - Brooklyn, New York

2012
"George Hearts Maria," Helium Cowboy Artspace, Curated by Lori Zimmer - Hamburg, Germany
"Art Takes Times Square," Presented by Artists Wanted and Chashama - New York

2011
“Dark Room,” Chashama 217 East 42nd Street, Curated by Lori Zimmer - New York
“Frozen In Time,” Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Curated by John J. McGurk - Demarest, New Jersey

2010
“Pile,” Collective Hardware, Curated by Lori Zimmer – New York
“Cloud Corrosion,” Carnegie Art Center – Curated by Lauren Albrecht – North Tonawanda, NY

2009
“The Ascension of Death,” 124 Ridge Street, Curated by Adam Aleksander – New York
“NYPH 09 We Are All Photographers Now,” Curated by William A. Ewing – New York
“D.U.M.B.O. Show,” The powerhouse Arena, Curated by Patrick McMullan – New York

2008
“ART for ALS,” AVEnts Loft – New York

2005
“Let Go,” Real Art Ways - Hartford, CT
“It’ll cost you…,” Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts. Curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody - New York

2004
“Open House: Working in Brooklyn,” Brooklyn Museum of Art, Curated by Charlotta Kotik and
Tumelo Mosaka - Brooklyn, New York

2003
“ASMP IMAGE 03,” Jay Hawkins Gallery, Chosen by Anne Ellegood - New York
“2003 Artists Space Spring Benefit,” Bridgewaters, Curated by Lauri Firstenberg - New York

2002
“Second Glance, “ Apex Art, Curated by Sara Meltzer, New York
“Staged/Unstaged,” Riva Gallery, Curated by Lauri Firstenberg - New York
“Crossroads,” in Association with Patrick McMullan, Print Inc., and God’s Love We Deliver, the
Regent Ballroom - New York
“Moments of Clarity,” Sotheby’s - New York
“National Juried Exhibition,” Phoenix Gallery, Curated by Lisa Phillips - New York
“Parsons Senior Photography Exhibition,” Aronson Galleries - New York
“Self, Art, Space,” Lex Park Studios - New York
“Feast 1,” Parson’s Common Galleries - New York

2001
“Parsons Fifth Benefit Photography Auction,” Aronson Galleries - New York
“Experiments In Photography,” Stark Hose Co., Vermont Arts Exchange - Bennington,
Vermont

1998
“Annual Members Show,” Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center - Buffalo, NY

AWARDS

2003 ASMP-NY IMAGE 03: Judge’s Pick
2001 *Surface Magazine Avant Guardian

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Frank, Adam. “Second Glance.” 222 2002 Apex Art Exhibition Catalogue, July 16-31, 2002
Genocchio, Benjamin. “From Young Artists, Work That Reverberates.” The New York Times
March 13, 2005
Grassi, Jonathan. “Let Go.” The Good Apple, Spring 2004. Pg. 30-33
Gronlund, Melissa. “Second Glance.” Contemporary, October 2002. Pg. 83
Hagen, Charles. “ Letting Go, Standing Still: Notes on Jonathan Grassi’s Photographs.” June, 2005
Kotik, Charlotta and Mosaka, Tumelo. “Open House: Working in Brooklyn.”
Exhibition Catalogue, 2004
Shuman, Rachel. “Double Your Pleasure.” Time Out New York, July 11-18 2002.
Pg. 50
 








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