John Grade

John GradeJohn 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 create large-scale site-specific immersive sculptural installations. Impermanence and chance are often central to the work along with kinetics and relationships between the natural world and architecture. His small-scale sculptures and works on paper often follow the completion of large-scale installations and investigate alternative directions that his larger sculptures might have taken.
In the midst of a series of projects related to trees, John spends as much time as possible amongst Bristle Cone Pines in the Nevada Great Basin and closer to home in old-growth groves in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. He is currently working on a three-year project documenting and modeling changing landforms above the Arctic Circle with aJohn Grade particular interest in pingos, tundra polygons, peat mounds and palsas. John is the recipient of the 2010 Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (NY), a Tiffany Foundation Award (NY), three Andy Warhol Foundation Grant Awards (NY), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants (NY), the 2011 Arlene Schnitzer Prize from the Portland Art Museum (OR), and the 2013 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust (WA).

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