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Bolt Residency

Jeffrey Grauel

Jeffrey Grauel, "hide (west coast)," 2017, latch hook kit, wool, dowel, wreath easel, 52" x 22" x 24"
Jeffrey Grauel, "hide (west coast)," 2017, latch hook kit, wool, dowel, wreath easel, 52" x 22" x 24"

I'm a Chicago-based sculptor influenced by 1970’s hobby crafts.

Antiquated images persist. Ideas rendered useless by time remain as flawed foundations. In my work they become advertisements burned in plywood, beer can venetian blinds, rugs buried in rugs. Well-crafted things that are useful outside of an art context, but exceptionally more complex within.

My work has been presented in parking lots, former mortuaries, museums, corporate lobbies, malls, abandoned lots, faculty offices, and the windows of Tiffany’s.

As co-director at Slow (an artist run gallery and curatorial project) I direct an in/dependent gallery in the bathroom (Loo), brew curated beers, give tours of artwork under hotel beds, and once carried an exhibition in a purse (Clutch Gallery) to the White House in Washington D.C.

I received my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; and BA from California State University, San Bernardino, CA.

Resident year: 
2017-2018
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident