I have an active and obsessive eye‚ I’m interested in finding as much contentment as I possibly can. In my work I create problems and then solve them in order to feel peace.
—— Mark Grotjahn
Painter and draftsman Mark Grotjahn is known for his ongoing investigation of perspective. his best-known abstract paintings strike a complex dialogue with the work of Russian Constructivist Kazimir Malevich, Color Field painter Barnett Newman, and Op Art painter Bridget Riley. Among his earlier works, such as the Butterfly series employ distorted linear perspective through optical illusion and come in various versions of rays and lines with different sizes and colors, and complex compositions of radiant, tonal color, alluding to such touchstones in the history of modernist painting as Russian Constructivism, Op Art, and Barnett Newman’s “zips. he uses dual and multiple vanishing points to create. Alongside perspective, he has pursued ideas like color restriction, seriality, and the sublime. In his more recent “Face” series, roughly painted on cardboard mounted to canvas, Grotjahn retains his radiant motif but replaces geometric rigor with ritualistic, totemic energy.
Grotjahn has exhibited work all over the world, including solo shows at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland, among other institutions. His works are also viewable in many prominent locations, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Born in Pasadena, CA, Grotjahn currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.