Mysterious Forces Pull Buildings Apart

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One word that comes to mind when first observing a Ben Grasso painting: dynamic. Just about every piece of his large scale work is in motion – either being blown outward by an explosion, being blown away by a hurricane-force wind, or in many examples, moved by a mysterious energy beyond explanation. Much of his work features classic wooden buildings from the American plains – their timber frame details, long strips of siding and even surrounding foliage moving quickly in divergent directions. It’s a chaotic sight, but one filled with a surprising amount of beauty.

Perhaps what lends his work so much beauty is the unlikely clear skies and bright saturated colors. The dark weather during a hurricane or the dust of an explosion don’t lend themselves to bright, crisp details or vibrant colors. In this way Grasso’s work takes on further elements of the surreal, beyond the mysterious forces which are ripping them apart.

Grasso has two upcoming shows planned for this year; one at the Thierry Goldberg Projects in New York from June 9 – July 14, 2013, and other at the Jerome Zodo Contemporary in Milan (date TBD). You can see more of his work at

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Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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