John Grade's work is directly related to environmental issues and concepts that explore the relationship between the landscape and the sculpture.

John Grade's almost organic sculptures
Seattle - NOV 22, 2013

The Seattle based artist John Grade has focused his production on works that relate to the environment. The pieces range from monumental installations to smaller scale pieces, but they all offer a microscopic point of view of issues of unstoppable change and organic disintegration.

John Grade's almost organic sculptures

©John Grade, La chasse

Grade builds his sculptures from traditional materials, such as wood, resin and clay that he combines and pairs up with polymers like corn, potato based resin and paper castings. At the centre of his work are the organic motifs and materials that he extrapolates and transforms into artworks.

John Grade's almost organic sculptures

©John Grade, Piedmont divide quad

The connection of the pieces with the land is very important to Grade, which is why each work rejoins the land through a process of natural decay that he forces on the materials. The pieces are often buried during extend periods of time. He then documents their slow decomposition in order to capture the dialogue between the landscape and the sculpture.

John Grade's almost organic sculptures

©John Grade, Circuit

Grade also explores the direct relationship with the natural world through large scale installations that seem to actually be alive. Capacitor is a perfect example of this, a large "breathing" sculpture that responds to weather data that causes it to slowly twisting and shifting to adapt itself to the constant changes in wind direction and temperature. Like his other works, the organic motif of a honey comb structure is represented through an abstract manifestation, which captures the essence of the organic structure and transmits the sensation of being confronted with Mother Nature in a gallery space.

John Grade's almost organic sculptures

©John Grade, Elephant bed

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