I am an artist interested in social and political issues living in NYC and NJ. In 2003, shortly after the onset of the Iraq War, Grace Graupe-Pillard began working on a series of paintings and photographs entitled DISPLACED and INTERVENTIONS focusing on the horror and human cost of wars being fought in far-off places.
Another series The photographs depict images of soldiers, car-bombings, ruins, explosions, and refugees, which are digitally embedded into the familiar streets and parks of New York City, Baltimore and the New Jersey wetlands. Using the computer and digital filters, the implanted imagery often borders on the abstract, with heightened color and kaleidoscopic patterns portraying the ordinariness of our everyday reality blown apart. INTERVENTIONS attempts to make visually evident the ongoing tragic repercussions of war in our own backyard, as well as the equally powerful manipulation of the electorate through the politics of fear.
In a world where terrorism, and cultural upheaval have dominated the news headlines, these paintings focus on the devastating effect of war and its impact on the civilian population. Entitled DISPLACED, this series correlates the displacement of civilians in war-torn countries with a visual disintegration of form, evident in both the creative process and in the final painted product. In each painting, the chaos of cultural disintegration is symbolized by the fragmentation of the picture plane. With repeated editing, I appropriate images from journalistic sources, blowing apart the reality of the photograph so that the final result is distilled and disintegrated from its original context, and reduced into unpredictably flatly colored eccentric shapes further emphasizing the fragmentation of form and removal from its original source. The process of translating these manipulated images into oil paintings involves a change in scale, color and texture, portraying a seductive beauty that reflects the political "sanitization" of the horrors of war.
In 2009 I began a series of DESECRATED LANDSCAPES
Landscapes that have been desecrated by war and violence, but still retain their majestic beauty. The fissures and cracks are not always visible, but their history is embedded in the roots and ancestry of the land.
"Wars have always been fought over pieces of terrain that become obsolete,...Hamburger Hill, Dunkirk, Gettysburg - at the end of the day none of that terrain really mattered after it was done. But many men fought and died there just the same. It's the story of war."
Sebastian Junger, Director of documentary film "Restrepo" 6/20/10, NY Times.
For the past few years I have been working on a series entitled "Grace Delving Into Art". I travel the world to explore historical works of art - and my presence often changes the "meaning" of these historical and contemporary masterpieces.
Grace Graupe Pillard has exhibited her artwork throughout the USA with one-person exhibitions in Hartford, Ct., Jackson, Miss., Chicago, Ill., Newark, NJ, in addition to NYC at The Proposition, Donahue/Sosinski Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery, Wooster Art Space. She hasalso had one-person exhibitions atThe Frist Center for The Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn., The NJ State Museum andThe NJ Center for Visual Arts. In 2006, she had a one-person exhibit at Carl HammerGallery in Chicago, Payne Gallery at Moravian College, and Rupert Ravens Contemporary in Newark, NJ as well as Rider University, NJ.
Grace Graupe-Pillard has participated in Group Exhibitions at The Noyes Museum, P.S. 1, Bass Museum, Indianapolis Museum, The Maier Museum, The Aldrich Museum, The Drawing Center, The Hunterdon Museum, The National Academy Museum, Editions/Artists’ Book Fair, Hebrew Union College, Puffin Cultural Forum, Art Chicago, Scope London and Kunstpakhuset, Ikast Denmark.
Graupe-Pillard has been the recipient of many grants, including three from The NJ State Council on the Arts,and one from The National Endowment for the Arts. She has received public art commissions from Shearson Lehman American Express, At&T, Peat Marwick, Wonder Woman Wall at The Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, and“Celebrating Orange” commissioned for the City of Orange, NJ. Public art projects also include commissions from NJ Transit for their new Hudson Bergen Light Rail Transit System at Garfield
Station in Jersey City, and 2nd Street Station in Hoboken installed in 2004, as well as an artwork for NJ Transit’s Aberdeen-Matawan Station in Aberdeen, NJ.
Grace Graupe-Pillard’s work has been written about in The Village Voice, The NY Times, Art News, The Star Ledger, The New Art Examiner, Newsday, Flash Art, Art Forum, and Art in America as well as many on-line publications.
From l993-l995, Ms. Graupe-Pillard was appointed a Visual Arts Panelist for The NY State Council On the Arts jurying grant proposals for non—profit spaces in NY. In l995, she was chosen to serve on NJ Transit’s Transit Arts Committee developing a “Master Plan” that set forth guidelines and approaches for the inclusion of art in their new Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System. She also served as one of the Design Team Leaders for three of the stations. In l998 Ms. Graupe-Pillard was asked to be on the
Design team for the planning of artwork to be placed in the Hoboken 2nd St. Station.
Graupe Pillard has also been involved with many on-line projects and showed her photos and videos at Scope Miami and Scope London, Art Chicago, Armory Show Pier 92, Art Fem. TV and Cologne OFF, Found Footage, SHOAH, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and Lars von Trier’s Gesamt (SEE BELOW FOR LINKS.)
From 2003-2010, Ms. Graupe-Pillard was the Coordinator of The Edwin Austin Abbey Mural Workshop – a fellowship program at The National Academy Museum and Art School in NYC preparing selected participants to compete for public art commissions.
Brooklyn Museum: Sackler Center for Feminist Art:
VIDEOS AND FESTIVALS
GESAMT – concept Lars Von Trier, “Disaster 501 What Happened to man?” Directed by Jenle Hallund Copenhagen, Dk 2012
SHOAH Film Collection at Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2012, curated by WJFF, Warsaw, Poland
A Virtual Memorial RIGA 2012 , cur.Wilfriend Agricola de Cologne, Holocaust Mus., Riga Latvia
Bushwick Open Studios(BOS) Studio 26 - 60 Second Film Festival, NYC, 2012
Cologne Off 2011 - Curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, National Center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, Russia
New Media Fest 2010, [self] imaging, VideoChannel Cologne Germany 2010
SHOAH Film Collection, VideoChannel, Cologne Germany 2010, AND Riga Latvia 2012 - curator Wilfried Agricola de Cologne
FFF (Found Footage Film) Collection, Videochannel, Cologne Germany (group) 2009/10
Videochannel: OMF – Family and Friends - 2009 http://videochannel.newmediafest.org/blog/?page_id=517
Cologne Off IV Mothers - 2009
Art Fem.TV Art and Feminism ITV, curated by Evelin Stermitz, 2010
2008 CologneOFF IV – Mother, Cologne Online Film Festival curated by Wilfried Agricola de Cologne, Cologne Germany
A Knock At The Door LMCC – Anthology Film Archives 2005
ON LINE BIBLIOGRAPHY
Womens Voices for Change, “Still Dancing and Painting” Part 1 and Part 2 (6/2013)
Hyperallergic LABS, Hrag Vartanian, http://bit.ly/18uLAw0 (5/8/13)
Yale Univ. Radio WYBC Interview:Art World Demy