JOHN GRADE - After the Wawona

Gallery exhibition from MAY 3 - JUNE 1, 2013

Acclaimed Seattle artist John Grade’s perennial focus remains on environmentally related works, often inspired and extracted from microscopic points of view, that range from monumental (interior and exterior) installations to a more moderate scale. His 2013 installations for The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle, WA, and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, will be followed by several multi-location projects in Portland, OR.

In May 2013, Davidson Galleries presented JOHN GRADE: After the Wawona. This series marks a pivotal transition couched between the larger works and featured new sculpture in wood and resin (example: Core) as well as two in iron, cast at the Kohler facility during Grades installation of Capacitor. For Grade, the human scale pieces are especially important as “they act as fertile ground – allowing time to reflect, experiment and explore alternative directions and sub themes that cannot be hit within the larger works.”

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    Douglas fir from the Wawona Schooner.
    9.5 x 19.5 x 15 inches.
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    Cast iron.
    5 x 3 x 1.15 inches.
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    Oak and trunnels from Wawona Schooner.
    13. 5 x 49 x 25 inches.
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    Parse (detail)
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    Cast iron.
    6.5 x 8 x 7 inches.
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    Douglas Fir from the Wawona Schooner.
    30 x 24 x 18 inches.
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    Wood and resin.
    41H x 43W x 27D inches.



» John Grade's "Wawona" sculpture installed at MOHAI (10/27 Seattle Times)
» John Grade, the Man Who’ll Make MOHAI Soar (9/19 Seattle Met)
» John Grade builds a soaring sculpture from the remains of a 1897 schooner (07/25 Seattle Times)
» John Grade and his assistants build a sculpture for MOHAI (VIDEO Seattle Times)
» Restless native | Sculptor John Grade (VIDEO Seattle Times)

Recent Inventory on Consignment Added May 2013


Exhibition from December 2- 24, 2011

Channel - an exhibition by internationally-recognized environmental sculptor John Grade, opens December 1, 2011 at Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA. The latest work was inspired by drainage architecture and timbers salvaged from the historic Northwest schooner Wawona, a lumber carrier and fishing vessel based in the Puget Sound from 1897 to 1947. Wawona, one of the largest three-masted ships of its kind built in North America, sailed routinely from Washington State to California.

This body of work relates directly to Grade's monumental sculpture installation for the Museum of History & Industry's new museum at the Armory Building in Lake Union Park, Seattle, which opened late fall of 2012.

Grade, who has become renown for his exploration of the natural process of decomposition, turns the tables in this recent series, sculpting with materials that have already seen the effects of time. In addition to numerous accolades, international awards, grants, reviews and national museum recognition, Grade was most recently awarded the 2011 Arlene Schnitzer Prize and Contemporary Northwest Art Award at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon.

• Recent exhibitions: Circuit, September 2010; New Works, May 2009; Cleave, May/June 2007; Underset: Small Drawings & Sculpture, November/December 2004

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John Grade: Disintegration, Sculpture through Landscape
Hardcover exhibition catalog. 80 pages. 62 color illus.
Published by Bellevue Arts Museum. 9 x 13 inches.
$40 + tax.

John Grade: Seeps of Winter
Softcover exhibition catalog. 9 pages. 10 color illus.
Published by Suyama Space, Seattle, WA. 9 x 9 inches.
$7 + tax.

John Grade: Sculpture and Drawings
Softcover exhibition catalog. 64 pages. 47 color and 10 black & white illus.
Published by Boise Art Museum. 11 x 8-1/2 inches.
$20 + tax.