Robert Alan Grand.
nashville based artist.
work, experiments, and loose thoughts.
website: www.robertalangrand.com
primary blog: resetagain.tumblr.com

January 8, 2014

ROBERT ALAN GRAND

MY BLOG has officially moved!

there’s more of an explanation about the move over there

xoxo

January 6, 2014

this blog is moving!

which, i know, bad timing with all the new followers but

more info soon!

stay tuned!

xoxo

January 2, 2014

peel. Saturday at OPEN

Open Gallery is pleased to present peel, an exploration of relationships and the body, featuring work by Ashley Collins, Wade DeJarnatt, Callan Downing, Seth Lykins and Robert Grand.

The largest organ of the body is skin. It’s sensual surface wraps a being and contains the intimate softness of the self. Skin is our initial interface with our spatial surroundings. The body collects and processes external information, shaping our perceived realities and generating consciousness. Individuals simultaneously experience this phenomena together yet apart. The body acts as a container. It produces yet restricts our realities, for how do we overcome a corporeal state? Through what means can we connect with another? How do desires & behaviors bring humans to a place of closeness, where multiplicities melt into singularities? Where are we left unconnected, apart, incapable of truly unifying with another?

Please join us on Saturday January 4th from 6-9pm for the opening of peel.

My last show before I leave Nashville! Come out on a cold cold Saturday and support my friends and OPEN Gallery! (I’ll be working, so sadly, I will not be there)

January 1, 2014

rag-projects:

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!RAG PROJECTS FIRST SHOW!!
Ceremony is a group exhibition looking for photographs that capture moments of celebration or cultural and personal ritual. I’m looking for images at every aspect of the spectrum - from images that depict the celebrated with sentimentality, cynicism, or ambivalence. The idea can be interpreted literally or abstractly - how do you answer the question “What do you celebrate?”. This exhibition will be online only, hosted on rag-projects.tumblr.com and robertalangrand.com. The show will also be available as a downloadable PDF.  There is no submission fee.
Please submit up to 4 original images for consideration to ceremonysubmissions@gmail.com (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Please include your name, title of image, title of series (if applicable), your location (city/state), and your web url.
All entries are due by midnight, January 6th, 2014.

the deadline is approaching!!!

rag-projects:

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
RAG PROJECTS FIRST SHOW!!

Ceremony is a group exhibition looking for photographs that capture moments of celebration or cultural and personal ritual. I’m looking for images at every aspect of the spectrum - from images that depict the celebrated with sentimentality, cynicism, or ambivalence. The idea can be interpreted literally or abstractly - how do you answer the question “What do you celebrate?”.

This exhibition will be online only, hosted on rag-projects.tumblr.com and robertalangrand.com. The show will also be available as a downloadable PDF.  There is no submission fee.

Please submit up to 4 original images for consideration to ceremonysubmissions@gmail.com (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Please include your name, title of image, title of series (if applicable), your location (city/state), and your web url.

All entries are due by midnight, January 6th, 2014.

the deadline is approaching!!!

December 18, 2013

started a collage notebook tonight

started a collage notebook tonight

December 17, 2013

thoughts on the michelle grabner lecture

- i walked in thinking of playing the student card and asking for advice, how she got her start, etc. but she covered that pretty well throughout the conversation that occurred. It was reiterated again that I need to make my own opportunities happen and not wait around for something to come along - in regards to her project space, the suburban. She never saw herself becoming an art writer or curator (she is still, primarily, a maker) but it all just happened. That’s an outlook I should share - continue to make, but continue to have a vested interest in showing artists and writing about art and theory

- i need to stop distancing myself from the label of maker, because it’s much more of a benefit than I realize. Listening to Michelle discuss the problematic practice of curating, and how she differs from other curators, was really refreshing. As an artmaker, I bring something different to the table than a curator or historian because I understand the process and the role of the artist (as opposed to a non-makers’ viewpoint). I also shouldn’t see curating as a form of art making, or a way to promote my own ideas - that’s when it gets tricky, and that’s not what I’m seeking to do (make a name for myself as a curator, that is. It’s more about the artists and their work). Also, RELATING TO ARTISTS and being super transparent - I really liked that. On the idea of curators being afraid to hurt artists’ feelings - “What? We get rejected all the time! We can handle it!

- she talked about how, at her Atlanta talk, someone asked why she didn’t visit Atlanta artists for the biennial. And she gave the most superb answer, and it’s constantly sticking with me. I’m still trying, in my head, to summarize it effectively.

- i shouldn’t abandon my art making practice even though right now I feel directionless and in a bit of a lull (or, plateau if you will).

- her infographs for the biennial catalog sound wonderful. “laying all the information out there” - again, transparency.

- she also said something about going in with the right mindset, staying humble and doing things because you want to. Something to the effect of, “I didn’t start organizing shows thinking ‘one day, i’ll get the call from the Whitney!’”. That’s similar to my mindset, and I need to keep that in mind as I move on and try to look and create new oppourtunities

- Also, most importantly, not giving up. She talked about how she applied to SAIC twice and didn’t get in - now she teaches there. She’s been rejected by the Whitney Biennial multiple times - now she’s one of the curators. Don’t think of one rejection as the end, and don’t think that opportunities surrounding that institution won’t arise.

December 15, 2013

about ceremony

throughout the semester, and especially towards the end, the idea of me pursuing curating dominated many conversations. looking at my show, how it seemed curatorial with its sparse layout and mixed media works, combined with my interest in curating / criticism over the past year, led many to suggest i look down that path as opposed to exclusively making (which, let’s be real, I’m not the best maker).

as an assignment for my thesis class, i curated a mock show called ceremony featuring some of my favorite contemporary photographers - lassry, ethridge, tillmans, worsham, and the like. i was happy with how it turned out, and sorta wished there was a way to manifest it into a real thing.

i told one of my mentors/friends that I wanted to practice mock curating an exhibition over break (since I am not in the mood to make) and she pushed me to curate a real one, online only with accompanying pdf. post a call for entries everywhere, try to get the most diverse type of entries, etc. etc. etc.

so, uh, that’s what i’m doing! it all feels very rushed (as does everything these days) because I’m moving out of Nashville in Jan / Feb and would like to have most of this show stuff done before the transition.

tl;dr this mainly explains why I just got around to making a tumblr at
rag-projects.tumblr.com

so check it out, stay updated on what happens with this show, and find the show / pdf at that tumblr when it’s ready!

xoxo
robert

December 14, 2013

found this image while rummaging through photo bins at the antique store, lovin’ the ornaments.
also, of course, it’s pretty ceremonious. which reminds mee……….

Ceremony is a group exhibition looking for photographs that capture moments of celebration or cultural and personal ritual. I’m looking for images at every aspect of the spectrum - from images that depict the celebrated with sentimentality, cynicism, or ambivalence. The idea can be interpreted literally or abstractly - how do you answer the question “What do you celebrate?”. This exhibition will be online only, hosted on robertalangrand.com, and will also be available as a downloadable PDF.  There is no submission fee.
Please submit up to 4 images for consideration to ceremonysubmissions@gmail.com (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Please include your name, title of image, title of series (if applicable), your location (city/state), and your web url.
All entries are due by midnight, January 6th, 2014.

Please submit, and spread the word!

found this image while rummaging through photo bins at the antique store, lovin’ the ornaments.

also, of course, it’s pretty ceremonious.
which reminds mee……….

Ceremony is a group exhibition looking for photographs that capture moments of celebration or cultural and personal ritual. I’m looking for images at every aspect of the spectrum - from images that depict the celebrated with sentimentality, cynicism, or ambivalence. The idea can be interpreted literally or abstractly - how do you answer the question “What do you celebrate?”.

This exhibition will be online only, hosted on robertalangrand.com, and will also be available as a downloadable PDF.  There is no submission fee.

Please submit up to 4 images for consideration to ceremonysubmissions@gmail.com (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Please include your name, title of image, title of series (if applicable), your location (city/state), and your web url.

All entries are due by midnight, January 6th, 2014.

Please submit, and spread the word!

December 12, 2013

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS - CEREMONY

Hey everyone! I’m curating an online only exhibition and I would love for you to submit. 
Ceremony is a group exhibition looking for photographs that capture moments of celebration or cultural and personal ritual. I’m looking for images at every aspect of the spectrum - from images that depict the celebrated with sentimentality, cynicism, or ambivalence. The idea can be interpreted literally or abstractly - how do you answer the question “What do you celebrate?”.

This exhibition will be online only, hosted on robertalangrand.com, and will also be available as a downloadable PDF.  There is no submission fee.

Please submit up to 4 images for consideration to ceremonysubmissions@gmail.com (sRGB, JPG, 2000 pixels). Please include your name, title of image, title of series (if applicable), your location (city/state), and your web url.

All entries are due by midnight, January 6th, 2014.
if you have any questions, do not hesitate to e-mail me at rgrand@watkins.edu !! Let’s chat.

December 9, 2013

rivers cuomo - tomorrow

December 6, 2013

BOMB Magazine: Mike Kelley by John Miller

MK When I first started working with crafts they were invisible to me also. The first piece I did with stuffed animals, for example, wasn’t even about stuffed animals but was about gifts. That was because the primary discussion in the art world at that time had to do with commodification. There were these Utopian ideas being bandied about, “Well, we can make an art object that can’t be commodified.” What’s that? That’s a gift. If I give you this art-thing, it’s going to escape the evils of capitalism. Well, of course that’s ridiculous, because if you give this thing to junior he owes you something. It might not be money, but he owes you something. The most terrible thing is that he doesn’t know what he owes you because there’s no price on the thing. Basically, gift giving is like indentured slavery or something. There’s no price, so you don’t know how much you owe. The commodity is the emotion. What’s being bought and sold is emotion. I did a piece called More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid. I said if each one of these toys took 600 hours to make then that’s 600 hours of love; and if I gave this to you, you owe me 600 hours of love; and that’s a lot. And if you can’t pay it back right away it keeps accumulating…

JM Interest.

MK That’s more love that you can ever pay back. So what? You’re just fucked then. I wasn’t even thinking about the objects as objects, I was thinking about them as just hours-of-attention.

December 5, 2013

35 Magnum Photographers Give Their Advice to Aspiring Photographers

What advice would you give young photographers?
1) Never think photography is easy. It’s like poetry in that it’s easy enough to make a few rhymes, but that’s not a good poem.
2) Study photography, see what people have achieved, but learn from it, don’t try photographically to be one of those people
3) Photograph things you really care about, things that really interest you, not things you feel you ought to do.
4) Photograph them in the way you feel is right, not they way you think you ought to
5) Be open to criticism, it can be really helpful, but stick to you core values
6) Study and theory is useful but you learn most by doing. Take photographs, lots of them, be depressed by them, take more, hone your skills and get out there in the world and interact.

-  Chris Steele-Perkins

December 1, 2013

josh anderson

josh anderson

(Source: joshandersonphotography)

November 26, 2013

looking at a lot of roe ethridge
which could be good or bad really

looking at a lot of roe ethridge

which could be good or bad really

(Source: anewdisorder)

November 19, 2013

idea, post-grad

-buy a planner with like…a page for every day or something and write down an idea for a photograph / sculpture / painting etc.

-no idea is too dumb, in fact, i should try to write down the most unhinged ideas

-fabricate them, maybe. the trick is to keep working / brainstorming / thinking because if i was solely “making” I would get discouraged (as I usually do)

-post these entries to the blog in order to keep me from letting this project fall to the wayside.