Verse is pleased to host a solo presentation of works by Jason Gringler, curated by Pari Ehsan. The display follows the exhibition Just Breathe to give a deeper overview of Gringler’s practice, including three works that all explore notions of destruction as a means of creation.
Gringler’s work is heavily influenced by the everyday aesthetics of urban living. Recurrent themes of fear, safety and decay permeate throughout all of his carefully composed works. Ideas of destruction were organically introduced into his artworks. As part of his artistic experimentation, Gringler decided to destroy and film his ‘unsuccessful’ art works, as a means to reapply them into raw material. He found that this added a certain layer of complexity and gave the final pieces an aura of decay and history. The artist has likened these qualities to mark-making in paintings, where the unexpected outcomes create a raw and unconventional composition.
Gringler grew up in Toronto which at the time lacked a contemporary art scene. He moved to Bushwick, New York and was absorbed by the industrial feel of the city. While he has since moved to Berlin, his years in New York were formative and the urban environment became part of his creative consciousness and a leitmotif throughout his practice. The untraditional and urban materials employed in his works have a surprisingly poised quality, giving the compositions an enigmatic mood that is at the core of all of his works.