Graham Krenz is a sculpture and mixed media artist who has shown across Canada, now living and working in Montréal, Quebec. He received his degree in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art + Design, where he was the recipient of an Alberta Foundation for the Arts project grant for his graduation piece, titled “A History of Nature”. He has since maintained studios in Toronto, where he showed installation and site-specific work at large events while continuing to develop his small-scale work.
The scale of our surroundings has a substantial but difficult to measure influence on how we live in our world. There are the clear physical repercussions of a change in the makeup of our surroundings, such as changes in commute or neighborhood character, but the true impact is more subtle, and pervasive. Through study of city infrastructure and living, my goal is to better understand the zone of interaction between citizens and the places they build their lives in.
The aesthetics of an essential object are governed by necessity and strict requirements, decided by financial and logistical constraints. The cityscapes and simple objects of urban life I represent are depicted independent of their scale, to divorce them from our physical relationship with them. My goal with this series and these pieces is to humanize large-scale projects through material choices, and through an unpolished final appearance. Modernism has created slick worlds: a lack of texture or grain makes it too easy to see these projects as one whole, divorcing them from the individual’s labor they took to create.