“A way can be a guide, but not a fixed path.”
-Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Rhythm and order emerge in Rob Grad’s I GOT THIS, a new series of photo-based mixed media abstract portraits. His blend of photography, paint, and wild shapes on stacked plexiglass and aluminum, presents archetypal characters detached from their environments. While each character is a self portrait, the themes are universal. On the surface, the characters look confident, as if to say “I got this. I’m capable. I can do it.” But when you look more closely, there is something amiss. Their bodies are distorted, and their facial expressions do not match their body language. The characters appear to realize, “I got this,” suggesting a delicate balance of a dual reality–the one being presented consciously, vs. the unconscious self perception inadvertently being revealed.
Saturday April 28, 2018
825 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
About Rob Grad:
Rob Grad is an award winning visual artist and musician. His photographic based mixed media artwork has been featured in galleries internationally. His music has taken him all over the world and been featured in numerous TV shows and movies.
Grad’s heavily layered work is the result of an intricate and time intensive process which combines his simulated multiple exposure photographs, paintings and drawings. He then assembles the work using plexiglass, wood and an assortment of other objects.
In 2017 he showed during Art Basel in Basel Switzerland, SCOPE at Art Basel Miami. He also has a commissioned work in the San Francisco airport and was a TEDx speaker in Culver City, CA.
He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Ellie, a bathtub full of guitars and a family of skunks.