John Grade

Seattle, WA

John Grade creates large-scale sculptures that are exhibited in unusual urban contexts, museums, galleries, and in nature. His projects are designed to change over time and often involve large groups of people to collaboratively build, install and move from one location to another. Grade received his BFA from the Pratt Institute in New York in 1992, and has traveled extensively following his graduation, gaining critical exposure to the cultures and environments that have come to shape his artistic vision. Grade’s perennial focus is on environmentally-related works, often inspired and extracted from microscopic points of view, and ranging from monumental (interior and exterior) installations to a more intimate scale. His 65-foot sculpture “Wawona” is permanently installed at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, where it breaks through the floor and ceiling of the building, bridging a view from the water below the building to the sky above. Even larger is his 105-foot reclaimed old-growth cedar sculpture “Middle Fork”, built partially at MadArt then shown at The Smithsonian before finding its permanent home at the Seattle Art Museum.


Middle Fork

January 25 - May 8, 2015

For its inaugural exhibition, MadArt Studio welcomed Middle Fork, a massive wooden sculpture by local artist John Grade. After spending several weeks on-site in the woods of North Bend, John transported plaster molds of a live 140-year-old hemlock tree into the studio for further transformation. With the help of his...

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