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Joseph Grazi has a God Complex

I first saw Joseph Grazi‘s epic taxidermy bat series when Art Nerd’s Natalie Trainor included him in a show she curated in the Meat Packing district. I remained a fan of his work, and years later we bonded on shoot for a cell phone commercial on a Greenpoint rooftop (whose director seemingly decided we weren’t cool enough to include on-camera).  I’m so excited for his solo show next week! Congrats Joseph!

Joseph Gross Gallery presents:
God Complex

A solo exhibition of new work by Joseph Grazi
Exhibition Dates: April 9May
2, 2015
Opening Reception: April 9th | 69
Joseph Gross Gallery is pleased to present God Complex, a solo exhibition of new works by Joseph Grazi. God Complex is Grazi’s second exhibition at Joseph Gross Gallery, and is entirely focused on the interaction between art, nature and science. Joseph Gross Gallery will host an opening reception on April 9, 2015 from 6 to 9PM in Chelsea at 548 W 28th Street, suite 232. “My art is an excuse to admit that we are animals and gods at the same time”, says Joseph Grazi. “However, my work is not about coming to conclusions—it’s about re-illustrating certain concepts and questions by showing things exactly the way they are”, he adds. God Complex is a new body of work created to illustrate man’s increasing dominion over the natural world. With the human brain being the most complex structure existing in the known universe, we have been given the ability to manipulate the environment as we please and ultimately bend nature itself to our insatiable needs. As Grazi frequently points out, “Nature has been tamed and the animals that once posed threats to us are now predominantly under control. In addition we can re-arrange and re-engineer our bodies, create new species, and explore other planets. This capacity, along with the eradication of our former enemies and fears, can have a subconscious calming effect.”


Grazi’s new work revolves around the irrational as well as inconsistent relationship that we have developed with the gods of nature over time and that doesn’t seem to lead to anything but reckless management of our resources, animal endangerment and self-destruction. As the artist further explains, “While once we worshipped Zeus and his lightning bolts, it is now mankind that flies through the sky, harnesses and creates lightning bolts, and re-engineers electricity. We have in essence surpassed Zeus… with no limit in sight. Our current domain is already so vast that it almost begs us to rethink and rewrite our place in the universe. Given enough time and space, it is indeed inevitable that mankind will one day transcend the cosmos and look down on Earth the way we believe that gods have always looked down on us.” Utilizing a wide variety of media, the artist composes pieces designed to neutralize fear through order and arrangement. Grazi’s unique point of view over reality carries a literal meaning that comes from the desire to talk about art and science without setting any boundaries. Animal and human skulls, bones and taxidermized bats are only some of the elements that, put together, can trigger fear and relief at the same time. His goal is to alleviate the most ancient fears through acknowledgment of individual power and control in the hope that such acknowledgment can lead to a better understanding of the animal kingdom. ABOUT THE ARTIST Brooklyn born artist Joseph Grazi graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC in 2006. He has since exhibited widely throughout NYC, with recent solo shows at (Art) Amalgamated and Joseph Gross Gallery. In addition to being included in major international collections, Grazi has been featured in widespread publications like Interview and Relapse Magazine. The artist works across a growing variety of mediums and largely focuses on themes of nature and death. The work is predominantly created through consistent attention towards detail and literalism. Grazi currently works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

One Response to “Joseph Grazi has a God Complex”
  1. thanks Lori Zimmer !!

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