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About Rob Grad

“If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advancement.”

-Orville Wright, American Inventor

 

 

Rob Grad - Contemporary Mixed Media ArtistAs far back as I can remember, I was uncomfortable. As a child, I felt like an alien on earth. Like there had been some cosmic mistake and the angels in heaven sent down the wrong guy. I had this sense that I wasn’t supposed to be here. I didn’t have the capacity to express it at that age, but I understood how I felt. 

Limitations and discomfort can have positive effects, however. These feelings led me into a lifetime of searching and learning, to find meaning internally, as well as in the world around me. In my work and my life I am constantly assessing and reassessing my beliefs, ideas and feelings. I'm fascinated with philosophical, psychological and spiritual issues at the core of our existence which reflect my innate desire to live a life infused with meaning, depth and joy. 

In my mixed media photographic based assemblages, I use a heavy dose of layering to illustrate and express my internal dichotomies, questions, hypocrisies and evolving perceptions. By blending multiple exposure photographs, with paint, drawings and physical objects, I experiment. I start with an idea, embarking on a journey with each piece which could wind up taking me into the unknown. I bring concepts, imagery, technology and techniques together which on the surface may seem to clash or be incongruous, to create a cohesiveness in my art that I wrestle with in my life. 

 

Here is my TEDx Talk in Culver City, California which tells more of my story.

 

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