Saul Gray-Hildenbrand

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Saul Gray-Hildenbrand • News Links

"Creative Community: Saul Gray-Hildenbrand", video interview on vimeo


Saul Gray-Hildenbrand • Profile

 

Saul Gray-Hildenbrand

Wide-eyed and expressive, the figures featured in the idiosyncratic work of Saul Gray-Hildenbrand are captivating and mysterious.  His characters’ features are exaggerated in a way which strikes the viewer as warmly odd and disturbingly funny.   He deliberately avoids being specific, a result of his infatuation with “things out of context; a person out of their space, a sentence out of a story, a word all by itself”. His subjects are placed in ambiguous spaces free of environment and perspective, leading the viewer to draw our own conclusions.  The addition of text to his compositions deepens the mysterious world of each figure and enriches potential narratives. 

A graduate of Grand Valley State University and a prolific artist, Gray-Hildenbrand works in a variety of media from drawing to painting to sculpture, and employs a biting visual humor that is both peculiar and endearing.  It is with his complex, peculiar creations that Gray-Hildenbrand reveals his “profane love of the absurd”. 


Saul Gray-Hildenbrand • Statement

The exploration of materials, language and ideas through the lens of the contemporary American experience describes very generally my work. I see my process as a set of non-scientific experiments, more akin to Duchamp’s idea of play than rigorous constant and variable equations.  I tend to work serially on variations of these, which often spur curious tangents worthy of further pursuit.

The Anonymous figure is central to much of my work.  It acts as an archetype for the viewer, a gateway for empathy and relatability.  In my installations the representation of the figure is absent.  The viewer takes the place in the map like structures, surfaces or environments.


Saul Gray-Hildenbrand • Biography

EDUCATION

2000
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Concentration in Art and Design, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1999
Kingston University Exchange Program: Concentrations- Ceramics, Sculpture, and Painting, London, England

ARTS-RELATED EXPERIENCE

2004-2010
Special Events Volunteer, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2000  
Student Liaison for the Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Classroom Assistant to Professor Daleene Menning, Ceramics, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Slightly Obsessive", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Slightly Obsessive II”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Out of the Polar Vortex”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, “Live Coverage”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Museum of Contemporary Art, “From Dusk Til Drawn”, Santa Barbara, California

2013   
LaFontsee Galleries, "Annual Fall Celebration", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Go Figure” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Museum of Contemporary Art, “From Dusk Till Drawn”, Santa Barbara, California

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, Solo Show, “Decoration” Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Atkinson Gallery, “Can(n)On” Santa Barbara, California

LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group” Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Color Context” Douglas, Michigan

Left Coast Books, “Maimal Minimal” Goleta, California

LaFontsee Galleries, “Power of Pattern” Douglas, Michigan

CAF Satellite at Hotel Indigo, “Open House” Santa Barbara, California

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown” Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Act II” Douglas, Michigan

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play” Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Fall at the Lakeshore” Douglas, Michigan

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, “Eating Apples in Paradise” Santa Barbara, California

Devos Place, “ArtPrize 2011” Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Summer Fun” Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Opening Celebration” Douglas, Michigan

2010   
IHC Platform Gallery, “Snarled Megalopolis” Santa Barbara, California

LaFontsee Galleries, “ArtPrize 2010” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Meltdown Gallery, “These Are Their Stories” Los Angeles, California

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, “Live Coverage 2010” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, “La Vie En Rose” Santa Barbara, California

2009   
“Super Santa Barbara” Santa Barbara, California

David Shelton Gallery, “A Communion of Saints” San Antonio, Texas

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, “Artprize 2009” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, “Live Coverage 2009” Grand Rapids, Michigan

Deborah Martin Gallery, “Materialization, Los Angeles, CA

2008   
Found Gallery, “Joint Custody Project” Los Angeles, California

2007
LaFontsee Galleries, "2007-a," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
Bank of the Southwest, "Green-eyed Monster," Solo Exhibition, Phoenix, Arizona

2005
Satellite Gallery, "Gluttony," Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Artfestation," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Satellite Gallery, "Sputnik, " Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lowell Area Arts Council, "Lowell Regional Arts Juried Exhibition," Lowell, Michigan

First United Methodist Church, "Celebration of the Arts - 32nd Annual Religious Art Show, " Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Received Honorable Mention

2004
Holland Area Arts Council, "Holland Area Arts Council Regional Competition, " Juried Exhibition, Holland, Michigan

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, "Art on the Wall," Boulder, Colorado

City Street Bagels, "Words Up," Group Exhibition, Boulder, Colorado 

2003
Gallery Sovereign, "Gallery Sovereign Juried Exhibition," Boulder, Colorado

2002
Lo-Fi Gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Nines Gallery, "A Figurative Moment," Three-Person Exhibition, Douglas, Michigan

Gallery Sovereign, Group Exhibition, Boulder, Colorado

2001
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Live Coverage," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lowell Area Arts Council, "Lowell Regional Arts Juried Exhibition," Juried Exhibition, Lowell, Michigan

2000
Calder Art Gallery, "Circles of Meat and Sugar," BFA Exhibition, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

1999
"Firms in Land," Group Exhibition, Surbiton, England