Michelle Grabner produces refined abstractions in pale, but glowing colours. These works are created by painting through the holes in household objects, using blankets and colanders as stencils. What appears on the surface, the laboured and beautiful marks, are the remains of the ephemeral process and care which created the work.
Grabner was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1962. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1984, and a Master of Arts in 1987, at the University of Wisconsin. Michelle then went on to complete a Master of Fine Arts at the Northwestern University, Illinois, in 1989. An Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Michelle is actively involved in curating exhibitions in and around Chicago where she is currently based. Michelle also contributes written art criticism to a wide selection of art magazines and publications. Along with fellow artist, and husband, Brad Killam, Michelle runs The Suburban Gallery – an exhibition space located within their residential garage. Grabner has held solo exhibitions in New York, London and Chicago, and has been included in numerous group exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Chicago, America
Good news, 2001
flashe on canvas
53.5 x 45.5cm