Alexandra Grant

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babel (after Michael Joyce’s “Was,” 2006)
Fifth Portal (body) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals
First Portal (mind) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals”)
Fourth Portal (tongue) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals,” 2007)
¿dónde está la escalera al cielo?
Second Portal (eye) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals,” 2007)
Sixth Portal (nose) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals,” 2007)
Third Portal (ear) (after Michael Joyce’s “Six Portals,” 2007)
body (1), second iteration, after Michael Joyce's "this", 2010 Oil On Linen 80 X 70 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Honor Fraser
Body (13), After Michael Joyce's "Thigh", 2009 Oil On Canvas
Alexandra Grant and Hélène Cixous
Womb-womb room, December 2011 Mixed Media Variable © Alexandra Grant and Channing Hansen
Love, 2010 Neon 33 7/8 X 48 X 2 3/8" © James Oakley
I was born to love not to hate (4) [detail], 2014 Mixed Media On Paper Backed With Fabric 126 X 72 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist. Photo credit: Brian Forrest
Shadow (5), after Keanu Reeves's "You are not here not even," , 2016 Acrylic Pigment Printed On Arches Velour Paper Rough, 60 X 40 Inches, Printed In Germany By Gerhard Steidl © Courtesy of the Artist and ACME
Quick Facts
Swarthmore College, 1995, BA
California College of the Arts, 2000, MFA
Psychology, language, love, sculpture
Alexandra Grant -- Bio and CV

Alexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing and sculpture.  She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore), and galleries in the US and abroad. Grant has explored ideas of translation, identity, and dis/location not only in drawings, painting and sculpture, but also in conversation with other artists and writers, such as her longterm collaborator, hypertext author Michael Joyce, the actor Keanu Reeves, artist Channing Hansen, and the philosopher Hélène Cixous. Grant maps language in different media: from intricate wire filigree sculptures to large scale drawing/paintings on paper. She investigates translation not only from language to language, but also from text to image, spoken language to written word, and representations in two dimensions to three dimensional objects. Some of the basic queries that fuel her work are: How do we “read” and “write” images? How does language place us? What is the role of the hand in a world dominated by electronic communication?


2000            MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA.  Drawing and Painting.

1995              BA, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.  History and Studio Art.

solo exhibitions

2011              The Womb-Womb Room, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, December 17, 2011 – January 23, 2012.  Collaboration with Channing Hansen.

2010             Bodies, Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, CA  September 18 – October 23.

2008            A.D.D.G. (Aux Dehors des Guillemets), Honor Fraser Gallery, Culver City, CA, September 13 – October 25.

2007            “FOCUS: Alexandra Grant,” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA, April 26 – August 13.  Curated by Alma Ruiz.

2004            Homecoming, Gallery Sixteen:One, Santa Monica, CA, March 20 – April 18.

ongoing projects

The Love House with Watts House Project.  Watts, CA.

selected group exhibitions

2013  Postscript, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada.  June 21 – September 2, 2013.–Writing-After-Conceptual-Art.aspx

2012  Postscript, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO.  October 12, 2012 – February 3, 2012.

Pages, Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Art and Design, Pasadena, CA.  October 13, 2012 – January 13, 2013.

Niki de Saint Phalle, Tirs: Reloaded, Here is Elsewhere Gallery, West Hollywood, CA, January 26 – February 27.

2011   Word Is, Cal State Los Angeles, Fine Arts Gallery, October 1 – October 22.

Baker’s Dozen III, Torrance Art Museum, July 16 – August 27.

A Painting Show, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, May 6 – June 4.

Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), curated by Franklin Sirmans and Christine Kim, March 13 – July 4.

2010      Five from LA, Galerie Lelong, New York, December 16, 2010 – February 5, 2011,

39 Now, Curated by Sophia Louisa, Den Contemporary, Los Angeles, November 17 – December 17,

Border Art Biennial – Bienal Fronteriza de Arte 2010, El Paso Museum of Art, November 20, 2010 – February 13, 2011,

The Artist’s Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, October 31, 2010 – January 31, 2011.

California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art, October 24, 2010 – March 13, 2011.

“Bodies,” as part of Four Projects, Haunch of Venison, New York, CA.  July 7 – August 28, 201o.

2009     Not Los Angeles, curated by Zachary Kaplan & Aandrea Stang, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA.  September 26 – November 28.

OVER/FLOW, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, CA, September 15 – November 5.

Fantastic LA, Illinois State University, University Galleries, September 22 through November 8.

2008     From and About Place: Art from Los Angeles, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv.  Opens September 18.

Microwave 6, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York.  July 10 – September 13.

Argument de la Diagonale, Betonsalon, Paris, France.  May 31 – July 27.

2007    READ ME! TEXT IN ART, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, December 9, 2007 – February 24, 2008.

Double-Take: The Poetics of Illusion and Light, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, December 20, 2007 – May 11, 2008.

Text Messages, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY, June 14 – August 15.

Drawn In: Drawing in Residence Phase III, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, January 13 – March 10.

2006    Draw A Line, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Los Angeles, CA, June 21 – September 1.

Flourish, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA, June 2 – July 29.

Labirinti, Amelia: la Fiber Art al Centro, Biennale di Arte Tessile Contemporanea, Museo Archeologico di Amelia, Italy, July 1 – 17.

Painting fiction, fiction painting, the Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA, May 20 – June 17.

2005            Conceptual Writing, Van Ackeren Gallery, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, KS.  March 4 – April 4.

2004            Northwest Territories, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, August 8 – October 14.

Freewall, Kellog Gallery, CalPoly Pomona, Pomona, CA, March 11 – April 10.

“page space,” Machine Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, opening February 28.

Encoded, Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, January 10 – February 14.

2003            Painting by Letters, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, November 15 – January 10, 2004.

Open Haus, Haus Gallery, Pasadena, CA, September 7 – October 4.

Mind’s Eye, SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, August 9 – September 7.

CCAC Alumni Exhibition, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA, July 9 – 25.

LA Black and White: Beauty Stripped Bare, BGH Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, April 26 – May 25.

2002            unDRAWN, unusual approaches to drawing, at the Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA, November 16 – December 21.

Reading Room, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, August 30 – December 14.

Wall Space 2, Miller Durazo Contemporary Artists Projects, Los Angeles, CA, April 13 – May 4.

irrational propositions, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, March – April.

maps & charts, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA, January.

2001            Drawing in Residence, Wintergarten Gallery, Vienna, Austria, September.

2000            evictions,160 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA, June.

MFA Show, CCAC, San Francisco, CA, April 13 -23.

1999    Index, with Anthony Discenza and Adrian van Allen, CCAC Graduate Gallery, San Francisco, CA, September.

curatorial projects

2009    5 Senses/107th Street, for “Not Los Angeles,” FOCA, Los Angeles, CA.

2004            Lucid/Ludic, Mt. Saint Mary’s College Gallery, Brentwood, CA, September 12 – October 9.

2003            Domesticity, at the Snivling Sibbling, Los Angeles, CA, April 11 – May 17, 2003.

2002            unDRAWN, unusual approaches to drawing, at the Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA, November 16 – December 21.

2000    invisible ccac, San Francisco, CA, June.  (A critical investigation of the new “beta” space of CCAC’s San Francisco campus.)


2010            “Image/Text,” Salt Lake Art Center, March 22.

2009    Mesa Redonda/Round Table, 4 Women Artists Discuss Text, University of Barcelona, November 11.

Santa Monica Museum of Art, A Collection of Ideas: Building the Love House: Using Art for Social Change in Watts.  Tuesday, September 29.

Alexandra Grant and Dan Rothenberg in conversation.  Moderated by Michael Joyce.  Symposium: “Are We Talking To Anyone But Ourselves?”  PlayPenn, new play development.  Philadelphia, Friday July 24.

2008    THE WORD IN LA: Panel Discussion with Artists Robbie Conal, Alexandra Grant and Lezley Saar: Fowler Museum at UCLA, February 3.

2007      Visiting lecturer, Swarthmore College, PA, November 11.

Visiting artist, Cal State Long Beach, CA, October.

Visiting lecturer, Otis College of Art, March 13 + 27. 2005

Visiting lecturer, Otis College of Art, Theory and Practice 4 class, October 27.

2004    Visiting lecturer, Otis College of Art, Theory and Practice 5 class, October 11.

“The Wordlessnessless of the Meiteneinander,” with Michael Joyce, &NOW Conference, Notre Dame University, April 5-6.

“The Wordlessnessless of the Meiteneinander,” with Michael Joyce, CalArts Graduate Program in Writing, Valencia, CA, February 25.


2010    2010 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

2007    Durfee Foundation, ARC Grant for project at Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Support from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, for “Wallpaper (la escalera al cielo),” 2007, a digitally-printed wallpaper to be installed at MOCA, April – August.

awards received

California Community Foundation, Mid-Career Artists’ Award, 2011.

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, 2011.

California Community Foundation, Artists’ Cover Award, 2007.

Richard K. Price Scholar, California College of Arts and Crafts, 1999.

public collections

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA

Grunwald Center, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

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