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Marc Grubstein
Born: 06/05/69


Selected Group

Prankster, White Columns, curated by Lauren Ross, Manhattan, NY, (upcoming Oct. 2001)

Group Show, Exit Art, Manhattan, NY (upcoming Sept. 2001)

It Makes Me Sick, curated by Robert Blackwood, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx, NY (upcoming July 2001

Tattoo You, Modern Arts, London

White Columns Benefit, curated by Lauren Ross, White Columns Gallery, New York, NY


Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 1993-1995 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1987-1991 New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY, 1987-1989


"Life is a hallucinatory wish." - Sigmund Freud

The nature of a photograph simultaneously freezes and extends a single moment indefinitely. I feel that in documenting this crystallized moment one must have an acute awareness of their immediate surroundings. A photographic opportunity often reveals itself to me as if I were destined to be at that point in time. My photographs strive to project an isolated instant of hyperconsciousness.

The camera serves as an extension of my eye, my aesthetic, and in turn my life experiences. My photographs categorize sensations and reveals how an image is deciphered. My photographs are visual puns that are often dark humored as they depict the absurdity surrounding everyday life. However, my photographs are not as much a critique of the outside world as they are a personal quest to capture an original aesthetic. My subject matter is diverse and often questions the notion of beauty. I do not have a prejudice towards any image. Hence, I can find inspiration in beauty as well as in the grotesque. Each of my images is an entity unto itself. However, when exhibited as part of a whole, the juxtaposition of sensibilities evokes clashing emotions that blur temporal moments with our ever-changing consciousness.

In the last year I have produced approximately seventy-five 8"x12" photographs, twenty-five of which are enlarged to16"x24". As I continue adding to my portfolio, I can see various themes emerging. These themes include spontaneous street shots of pattern, the grotesque, and portraiture, as well as, premeditated photographs that document my conceptual art.

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