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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

VIN GRABILL

VIN GRABILL

Artist Work

Surface Tension
2011
giclee print on canvas
30" x 53" x 1.5
Talking Head I
2012
giclee print on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
Encounter
2012
giclee print on canvas
32" x 48" x 1.5"
Vigilance
2012
giclee print on canvas
16" x 24" x 1.5
Verge
2012
giclee print on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"
TV Nation
2012
Giclee print on canvas
24" x 36" x 1.5"

Artist Information

County
Howard County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

The six images displayed here represent a series of giclee prints on canvas I produced in 2011-2012. Except for “Encounter”, I utilize a grid matrix to juxtapose sets of images into various figure/ground scenarios. In “Vigilance” and “Verge”, distorted images gathered from television ads are combined with shots of shopping mall parking lots as a comment on our consumer culture. “Talking Head I” combines two sets of clashing TV images, both competing for the viewer’s attention. “Encounter” is a re-make of the classic view of the earth visualized by the astronauts over the moon’s horizon, with strands and shards of TV imagery standing in this time for the familiar celestial bodies.

Artist Bio

I received a B.A. degree in Studio Art from Oberlin College in 1971 and a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree from the M.I.T. Center For Advanced Visual Studies in 1981. After teaching Video Art at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1984-1988, I joined the faculty of the UMBC Department of Visual Arts in 1988 where I continue to teach Video Art. I served as Graduate Program Director of the Imaging and Digital Art MFA program from 2001-2007 and as Chairperson of the department from 2008-2015. I've been creating and exhibiting works in video art formats since 1979. My single channel video work and installation work utilizing video have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition to individual projects, I collaborate regularly with performing artists, choreographers, and poets in an attempt to find new solutions for the presentation of live arts utilizing live and recorded aspects of the video medium.