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About the Artist
Grenier is an interdisciplinary artist from Quebec, Canada. He received an undergraduate degree in art and art history at Pratt Institute and an MA from New York University in critical theory and social thought. His work has appeared at venues across the US and Canada including the New Museum, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Norton Museum of Art, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Cornell Museum, Aljira, and TaCo/Tacoma Contemporary. Recent reviews of his work have appeared in Archistorm, The New York Times, TimeOut New York and Flavorpill. His curatorial project 'Slow Revolution' at Rotunda in Brooklyn presented the work of artists who privilege idleness and give emphasis to revolutionary acts.
"As an interdisciplinary artist I maintain a practice centered on ideas that determine the form of a given work. My production includes traditional media such as drawing and sculptural works as well as performance, audio works and curating. I do not recognize autonomy between the art world and society at large; instead I think that the role of an artist in society is to advance change socially, culturally and politically. For me art is the imagining of possibilities, a glimpse at a reality that could be, so that perhaps when the opportunity arises a legible proposal is at hand and can be cultivated. The artwork I produce integrates everyday life with critical observations to unveil the influence of dominant cultural forms on our collective psyche. My recent series of performances 'Democratic Decrees' is a direct response to the political disenfranchisement caused by the Cheney/Bush administration's legislative actions. While existing as performance art and not direct political action, it allows for the expression of spontaneous desires that are not universal as counter to laws that objectify us as humans with disregard for our individuality. It is my aim with this and other projects to juxtapose socio-cultural situations to stimulate discussion and challenge dominant forces." –Patrick Grenier