John Grade

John Grade March 2011 Portrait (1)

John Grade (American, born 1970 in Minneapolis, MN) lives and works in Seattle, WA. Inspired by changing geological and biological forms and systems in the natural world, John works with his studio team to sculpt immersive large-scale, site-specific installations. Kinetics, impermanence, and chance are often central to the work. Recent projects draw inspiration from mountains in Nevada’s Great Basin, highland forests in Guatemala and changing landforms above the Arctic Circle. Beginning a series investigating natural disasters, upcoming large-scale sculptures will relate directly to forest fires, windstorms, and earthquakes. John’s current investigations with the Anchorage Museum focus on the drunken forests of Arctic regions.

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