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MOE GRAM

MEDIUM: Painting, Spray paint, Mixed media, Collage

AREA OF INTEREST: Hip Hop, Cartoons, Street Culture

 

ARTIST STATEMENT / BIO

One day I woke up finding myself rushing to school to destroy my favorite sculpture.   The sculpture was the exact definition of everything I had hoped to accomplish in a piece of work: there was a different perspective from every vantage point; the ability for me to choreograph the viewers dance around the object was a big plus; and the opportunity to create a painting using my own language in three dimensions was thrilling.  The sculpture didn’t sell, I didn’t have room to store it, and so I broke it down.  From that sculpture I was given scraps, and from those scraps I made a painting. That’s how I make art.

No works of mine ever start with any specific intention but to be interesting. I make many efforts to force the viewer to step forward, look deep into the painting, and then backward again to reevaluate.  The longer this dance continues, the more successful I feel as an artist.  I find many mediums are exciting to me: oil, acrylic, acetate, metal, wood, or found objects from the street; I vote not to limit myself.   The more options I have for materials, the more opportunities I have to step outside of my comfort zone.  
As an artist I find it is important to stay challenged and to continue to create work that inspires evolution.  I crave growth, change, and discomfort.  I look forward to surprises, accidents, and oopsies.  Most of all, I rely on intuition.  During college in a lecture, Jacqueline Rush Lee said she finds it best to work intuitively.  She said she doesn’t have a plan, but that as she works she pays close attention to how the work evolves.  Hearing that statement really encouraged spontaneity in my process that remains to this day. A curator once described my work as a graffiti inspired abstract expressionism.  I agree. - Moe Gram

 

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