Excavation, Illusion + Artifact: Alexis Granwell, Lauren Pakradooni and Rob Swainston Exhibition

Excavation, Illusion + Artifact // Exhibition Statement

The three artists in this show are considering the shifting roles of the printmaking medium and the way printmakings physical and formal strengths can be employed to reveal new perspectives, phenomenon and paradoxes in the natural and built environments and the social and psychological illusions of reality that result.

Each are concerned with contradictions of form, texture and illusionistic depictions of volume and dimensionality. In varying ways, the works they are presenting in this exhibition regard ruins as spaces for examining the effects of time on material; questions the inherent nostalgia involved with representations (real or invented) of remnants of the past; and revels in our fascination with the act of uncovering.

Alexis Granwell depicts time’s movement as “ruination, artifact or geological process…exploring relationships within collections of forms.” Rejecting the notion of ruin as nostalgia, Granwell references “architecture and natural forms to diagram incompleteness or fractured time. This suggests the unearthing of the past and the imperfect state of memory but also openness to the future.”

Lauren Pakradooni makes connections between her current practice and historical Capriccio subjects in printmaking, which she describes as: “imaginative architectural spaces that often including structures in ruin or the process of deterioration. Historically, this was popular subject matter and the dispersion of these prints became a way to present these fantasies as history, inserting them into the landscape of our collective memory…It is in the spirit of these imaginative spaces that I have created a series of sculptures and prints that explore the variations between virtual or disrupted physical realities.”

Rob Swainston believes that, for the printmaker, “…the press bed is not a window of illusion, it is the space of social tinkering.” He invites the viewer to participate in an “‘archaeology of uncovering’, discerning numerous processes and images containing multiplicities of narratives culminating in an uncovering of the ‘significant image’ and the realization that ‘I see myself seeing myself.’”

PrattMWP Gallery is located in Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art at 310 Genesee St. Utica, NY.

Gallery Hours:

Tues. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun. – 1 - 5 p.m.

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Alchemy, Typology, Entropy at Fleisher Ollman Gallery // June 8–August 25, 2017


Adam Lovitz, Peter Allen Hoffmann, Alexis Granwell: Alchemy, Typology, Entropy

June 8–August 25, 2017
Reception: Thursday, June 8, 6–8pm

Fleisher/Ollman’s Summer 2017 exhibition presents three miniature solo shows by three Philadelphia artists. The exhibition title reflects respective descriptors as an entry point to tease out meaning within and across each distinct body of work.

From Press Release: Alexis Granwell’s background in print and paper-making imbues her sculpture with a unique material sensibility. Adhering handmade paper to papier-mâché and wire armatures, Granwell creates forms that suggest eroded bodies, bodily fragments, and biomorphic shapes—a fusion of Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi, and classical sculpture by way of the entropy of millenia. Accentuating the forlorn, Granwell uses a variety of coloring techniques (spraying, spilling and brushing) to suggest lichen encrustation and erosion. Granwell’s organic forms are radically juxtaposed with the pristine, rectilinear, monochrome pedestals of wood or concrete block on which they’re installed. Granwell’s attention to the pedestal as a sculptural object equal in weight to the works that lie on top places her in the company of recent contemporary sculptors (Matthew Monahan, Huma Bhaba, Thomas Houseago, and Lisa Lipinski) who creatively explore the aesthetic function of the base (all indebted to Brancusi). Like the artists mentioned above, Granwell’s work departs from the all-encompassing aspirations of installation art that gained traction over the last 30 years and instead returns sculpture to a discrete entity occupying a more circumscribed notion of space. In dialogue with Adam Lovitz’s paintings that conjure the surfaces of ancient rocks and minerals, perhaps Granwell’s biomorphs are not ruins after all, but scholar stones placed respectfully on oddly yet carefully crafted bases for deep contemplation. In any regard, Granwell’s evocation of entropy through sculptural form resonates with Lovitz’s paintings that explore sedimentation and the passage of time, and the geometry of Granwell’s pedestals pair well with Hoffmann’s geometric abstract paintings.

Risky Behavior at Field Projects

Presented by Field Projects and TSA LA

Carl Baratta, Loren Britton, Vanessa Chow, Alexis Granwell, Erin Harmon, David Humphrey, Julian Kreimer, Sheila Pepe, Brian Porray, Warren Schultheis, Laurel Shear, and Christopher Ulivo

Dates: September 15th - October 29th, 2016
Opening Reception: September 15th, 6-8pm


Field Projects and TSA LA are pleased to present Risky Behavior, a group exhibition that threads together artists from each coast to create a lively visual soirée. 

Tiberio Fiorillio was the boisterous son of an actor famous for his lewd rendition of the violent stock clown Punchinello. Sometime around the 1620’s, Tiberio created a new character, the cad Scaramouche. He was invented from remnants of Il Capitano, the boastful soldier and Zanni, the untrustworthy servant. Scaramouche crooned and swooned women away from their jealous husbands. He knew how to hide in a closet or under a bed whenever one came home earlier than expected. Sometimes he made it off without a hitch and sometimes he was clubbed while scrambling down a trellis. A loveable opportunist and a coward, he made fools and he was a fool.

Freddy Mercury calls him out in “Bohemian Rhapsody”: “I see a little silhouetto of a man, Scaramouch, Scaramouch will you do the fandango?" Then, “Thunderbolts and lightning”, followed by Brian May’s anthemic solo. Someone, I imagine, is left picking up the pieces behind Scaramouche, little people! Confidence without reason, confidence with cowardice, cowardice with talent.

How to caricature the collaboration of Field Projects and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles? Both spaces are superficially similar operations, forthright and scrappy artist-run, curator-driven galleries. Perhaps a balding Dennis The Menace crossed with an injured Laura Ingles? The match should be fruitful.

The artists in Risky Behavior each in their own way incorporate, embody or feign trouble, doubt and uncertainty. They seek to give something and sure as hell are trying to get away with something.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists. Their goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections, and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. For more information visit their website at http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/.

Field Projects
526 W 26th Street, #807
NY, NY 10001

Hours: Thursday - Saturday

Wait For the Echo at Dickinson College


WAIT FOR THE ECHO February 9, 2016-February 28,2016

Dickinson College, Goodyear Gallery, 595 Louther St., Carlisle, PA      

Philadelphia artist Alexis Granwell will exhibit works on paper and sculpture.

Reception & artist's talk: Tuesday, February 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri., 3-5 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m.


Pressure Points at Savery Gallery curated by Cindi Ettinger, Alexis Granwell and Alex Kirillow

Savery Gallery is pleased to present Pressure Points, curated by Cindi Ettinger, Alexis Granwell, Tory Savery, and Alex Kirillov, an exhibition that examines dynamic approaches to printmaking. This exhibition will feature 26 contemporary artists from across the United States whose work is at the forefront of the medium: BJ Alumbach, Katie Baldwin, Marc Blumthal, Victoria Burge, Tom Burckhardt, Deb Chaney, David Curcio, Amze Emmons, Cindi Ettinger, Steven Ford, Rebecca Gilbert, Alexis Granwell, Christopher Hartshorne, Daniel Heyman, Anna Hoberman, Nicola Lopez, Virgil Marti, Sarah McEneaney, Yoonmi Nam, Alexis Nutini, Golnar Adili, Bill Scott, James Siena, Mike Stack, Andrew Spence, and Joe Wardwell. Presented as part of The Print Center 100. On view October 9 – November 20, 2015. Opening Reception: October 9, 6:00 – 9:00pm.