Proposal #4, 2010, oil on can paper, 30 x 50 in.
Canopy #5, 2011, oil on paper, 48 x 32 in.
Ungrounded, 2011, oil on canvas, 50 x 70 in.
Colored Lights, 2011, oil on canvas, 86 x 94 in.
House Of Cards, 2008, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 in.
Construction Proposal #II, 2009, oil on paper, 45 x 42 in.
Caution, 2011, oil on canvas, 72 x 96 in.
Plot, 2007, oil on canvas, 70 x 100 in.
Like technology or like the instrumental rewriting of history, painting too can make more immediate the things we experience. Painting recasts these things in new terms, in new ways. My painting does not seek to present something impossible or particular; instead it represents something contingent, a re-imagining of what actually exists, a re-alignment of logic that makes plastic the anxiety underlying objects in the world. A house floating into space, a car accident that explodes into streamers, the USS Constitution firing at itself. Here we see the nonsensical apocalypse imminent in all things. (The Fountainhead Residency)
Ben Grasso was born 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently he lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA in painting in 2003 from the Cleveland Institute of Art, an MFA in painting from Hunter CUNY in 2006 and studied at the Edinburgh College of Art in 2002.