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11/10/24 - 02/11/24

I create sculptures that explore human impact on the world by fusing animate and inanimate forms into singular identities. The careful crafting of these works and their miniature details counter the central themes of hyperactive production, and on demand delivery. Laboriously carved from wood and painted, they represent hours of reflection on the meaning of being an active consumer in this world and struggling to imagine models beyond it.

Using invention, humor and speculation my work envisions new ways to visualize our behaviors and resulting global predicament. The mechanics of consumerism is a driving theme behind these works, with a specific focus on the factory food system and its implications for land depletion and climate shift. These patterns are played out on the surfaces of sculptures that express the physical and psychological fallout.

Merging human forms with those of animals, insects, architecture and the natural environment, my sculptures become intricate cosmologies of real and imagined spaces. These complex hybrid forms construct idiosyncratic narratives that explore new and fantastic understandings of eco-anxiety and speculate on possibilities beyond planetary collapse. Using an elastic sense of anatomy and scale, I visualize rampant cycles of human consumption and the resulting detriment to both the human self and surrounding world.

Jude Griebel creates intensively detailed figurative sculptures and drawings that visualize our entanglement with the surrounding world. In his works, landscapes, the species we affect, and the waste we create, coalesce in vivid forms that illustrate the reach of our impact and consumption habits. Both harbingers of ruin and agents of transformation, his works build on art historical traditions of the anthropomorphic body to reflect a planet in a state of crisis.

Griebel’s work has recently been supported by residencies at institutions including Pioneer Works, New York; International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY and Halle 14 Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig. His work has been funded by major grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Griebel’s work is included in collections internationally including Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal; the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee and the Volpert Foundation, New York, and the Sakima Art Museum, Okinawa. His work has recently been exhibited at Massey Klein Gallery, New York; C24 Gallery, New York; the Rochester Center for Contemporary Art, NY; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art Ueno; and the Esker Foundation, Calgary.