Clare Grill, Comb
January 12 - February 16, 2014
Opening Reception: Sunday 12, January from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Clare Grill makes paintings about things fading away. Drawing imagery and inspiration from family photographs and embroidery samplers produced by young women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, her recent work engages the complexity of women's history and traditions. Grill's paintings have an available yet rarely obvious logic. Although a source image may dictate something about her mark, her mark is not at the total will of the image.
Originally from Chicago, Grill lives and works in Queens, New York. Solo exhibitions include Reserve Ames, (Los Angeles, CA), Fred Giampietro Gallery (New Haven, CT), Edward Thorp Gallery (New York, NY), and Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions throughout the United States at spaces such as Nudashank Gallery (Baltimore, MD), Marc Jancou Contemporary (New York, NY), Roots and Culture (Chicago, IL), and (forthcoming) Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (Lancaster, PA) and the New Britain Museum of American Art. Since receiving her MFA from Pratt Institute in 2005, Grill has participated in the Aljira Emerge Program (2007), the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum (2008), and received the 2011 Pratt Alumni Award to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Image: Char, oil on linen, 2013