An Artistic Response to the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall
This series is at once celebratory and educational; serving as an acknowledgement of the pivotal events that emboldened the gay rights movement in the United States, while also highlighting other important figures who have contributed to LGBTQ+ visibility.
This series began when Grauer took notice of the everyday objects that surrounded him. One by one, he set them down on an old matte board and arrange simple settings to paint from life. It evolved into a daily practice. His still lifes painted on copper suggest an imaginary museum commemorating our everyday bric-à-brac: old jars; perfume bottles; salt and pepper shakers; pliers. Examples of the present becoming the past so quickly, he focuses on the documentation of time, memory and imagination and how through these aspects he may occupy the past, present and the future.
Recollections, a series that plays with the tension between memories, the "return to home", and the actual experienced past, is an idea Grauer explores through the renderings of the family unit. Grauer takes source imagery found in flea markets, second hand stores and from his own family's collection, and changes elements to signify specific moments that could be seen as memories, remembered or forgotten.
Organa Æternum is a series born out of the merger between traditional still life painting and medical illustration. Grauer uses a plastic mid-century anatomical model as his chosen subject to arrange and set in scenes. These plastic representations of tissues, organs, systems and the body are used as aesthetic objects. Specific influences are found within the themes of vanitas and Memento mori, which were executed with symbolic objects of brevity to remind viewers of the transience of life.
CARL GRAUER PORTRAIT & FINE ART