Berlin Cobblestones Inspire NYC Painter Jameson Grant
Painting Solo Exhibition
14.08.2019 2pm - 17.08.2019 7pm
For Immediate Release
BERLIN—July 6, 2019
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Berlin Cobblestones Inspire New York City-Based American Painter Jameson Grant
Exhibition of paintings by Jameson Grant at SomoS
Opening: Tuesday, August 13th 2019, 6-9pm
Duration – August 14th-17th 2019, Tuesday-Saturday 2-7 and by appointment
SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin,
U8 – Schönleinstraße
Jameson Grant (USA)
BERLIN—July 6, 2019
Jameson Grant: Cobble Paintings
Between August 13-17, the outcome of NYC-based American painter Jameson Grant’s three month residency is presented at SomoS Berlin in his solo exhibition “Cobble Paintings.”
In his latest series of paintings, it is the structure of the stones that shape and pave Berlin city streets that constitute a starting point for a process-oriented painterly journey reinterpreting historic l painting tropes.
During his time at SomoS, Grant became fixated on cobblestone grids and textures as they seemed to represent constructed elements that also appear in his own work. Beginning from initial photographs of cobblestone patterns, by the time Grant’s latest series was completed, these structures and forms had already been repeated through drawing, painting and observations outside the studio. Indeed, keen observation is critical to Grant’s depiction of elemental, everyday objects. This is certainly the case in “Cobble Paintings,” as the acutely depicted stone forms leave space for personal interpretation: the ability to be perceived as a number of living and non-living things which appear in day-to-day routine.
“Cobble Paintings” takes place in the context of a rapidly shifting and destabilized world, where elements of the everyday and familiar are treated as secondary. Yet while wandering the streets of Berlin, Grant refreshingly noticed in its cobblestone grids both a fixed element of the everyday and a sense of fluidity: they are a constant structure, yet also ruined over time and repaired to fill the gaps. For Grant, the same can be said for the practice of painting, since it involves the constant reordering of layers and shapes in an attempt to create a new image.
As Frank J. Stockton, fellow painter and founder/director of LA artspace Nothing Special, states about Grant’s work,
“Jameson Grant’s paintings seem casual at first glance, but a close inspection of his work reveals the studied eloquence of a devoted painter. By revisiting the same visual motifs time and again, he allows for improvisation and experimentation to drive his work. Each painting is like a brand new map of a familiar terrain”.
In Grant’s solo exhibition, Berlin’s cobblestones move from its streets to SomoS’ gallery space and are transformed in acrylic format. While approaching cobblestones as an everyday and elemental form, the thriving life of the familiar therefore shines through in Grant’s Cobble Paintings.
About Jameson Grant
Jameson Grant is a painter based in New York whose work is characterised by abstracted figures that are derived from acute observations and then repeated in a way that they become disorienting.
2014 Grant received his BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore. He has presented his work in the solo exhibition “Oil Then Acrylic” at the Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, in 2014; and took part in the group shows Studio Mixx, Subbasement Studio, Baltimore MD, curated by Fletcher Mackey, 2012, Juried UG Show, Decker Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Karyn Miller and Jack Livingston, 2012, Chromatics Gallery 304, Baltimore MD, curated by Janet Olney, 2013, On The Mark, Middendorf Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Laura Beth Langley, 2014, Locally Sourced, American University Museum, Washington DC, 2014, Murica: A Patriotic Art Show, PhilaMOCA, Philladelphia PA, 2014, and Blushing, at the Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Claire Felonis 2015. Grant was awarded the Trustee Grant, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2010.
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