Evan Gruzis

Evan Gruzis

b. 1979, Milwaukee, WI

Lives and works in Milwaukee, WI

 

Evan Gruzis lives and works in Milwaukee, WI.  Through a aesthetic language that could be deemed “Pop-Noir”, Gruzis’ work describes the complementary nature of the Other and the Mainstream. His drawings, paintings, and installations revel in seductive vapidity with an approach to light and subject matter that is at once romantic and darkly humored, stylized yet absurd. The viewer is invited to interpret if the conditions in Gruzis’ work are a reflection, dramatization, or indictment of contemporary culture -or an amalgam of all three.

He received his BFA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, and completed an MFA in Combined Media at Hunter College in 2008.  His work has been exhibited in New York at the David Zwirner Gallery, the Tilton Gallery, and the Harris Lieberman Gallery, and featured in publications such as The Journal and Esquire Japan.

 

Education

2008

MFA, Combined Media, Hunter College, New York, NY

2002

BFA, Painting, University of Wisconsin Madison

 

Select Solo Exhibitions 

2016

Real Feelings, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2014

Atavistic Zen, DUVE Berlin, Germany

Shell Game, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL.

2013

Strictly Method, Galerie SAKS, Geneva, Switzerland

2012

Paper View, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI (forthcoming)

Alpha Wave, DUVE, Berlin, Germany

2011

Shadow Work, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY

Exotic Beta, The Hole, New York, NY

2010

Rough Boy, Galerie Saks, Geneva, Switzerland

Dirty Black Summer Revisited, AMP Gallery, Athens, Greece

2009

QUAZAI, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, Germany

A Touch of Grey, Journal Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Dark Systems, Deitch Projects, New York, NY

THE DUSKY PARLOUR, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, Germany

 

Select Group Exhibitions 

2014

Sha Boogie Bop, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY
Buying Friends: The Ryan Kortman Collection, UICA, Grand Rapids, MI
Go With The Flow, The Hole, New York, NY
Summer Show, Galerie SAKS, Geneva, Switzerland
Cielo & Tierra, Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru
Silvier, Super Dakota, Brussels, Belgium
Combustion, Galerie SAKS, Geneva, Switzerland

2013

A Study In Midwest Appropriation, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL
Cisco Sysco Sisqo, La Fonda (Site-specific project), Rockaway, NY
Current Tendencies III, The Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI
Jam Session, Galerie SAKS
XSTRACTION, The Hole, New York, NY

2012

Behind the Light, Galleria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

2011

Pure Logo, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Dark Vision, Galerie SAKS, Geneva, Switzerland

Rogue Elements, RH Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

Art Machine, The Hole, New York, NY

2010

Postermat, The Hole, New York, NY

Salad Days, The Journal, Brooklyn, NY

The Power of Selection Part 2, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Not Quite Open For Business, The Hole, New York, NY

LOGOS – LOVOS with Aids 3-D and Duncan Malashock, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, Germany

2009

New York Minute, Museo d‘Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome, Italy (Curated by Kathy Grayson)

Burn, Baby, Burn!, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Artissima 16, DUVE Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Inferno, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (Curated by Leslie Rosa)

The Black & White Show, Collective Hardware, New York, NY (Curated by Meghan Carleton)

Black Hole, Kunsthalle Andraxt. (Curated by Dr. Friederike Nymphius)

Art Brussels with DUVE Berlin

Armory Show, Deitch Projects

Never Late than Better, Elisabeth Foundation of Arts, New York, curated by Trong Gia Nguyen

2008

Conceptual Figure, Deitch Projects, NY

Mail Order Monsters 4, Max Wigram Gallery, London, UK

Mail Order Monsters 3, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece

Dark Fair, Swiss Institute, presented by the Milwaukee International

Performed Identities, Kathleen Cullen Fine Art, New York, NY

Art Brussels with DUVE Berlin

NEXT Chicago with DUVE Berlin

2007

Painted Objects, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, NY

Famous Adults as Children, Famous Children as Adults, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

The Whitney Art Party / ISP Benefit, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

Journal Drawings, The Journal, New York, NY

2006

The Armory Fair, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

School Days, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

2005

Delusionarium2, White Box Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004

Tar Pit Tales, 4-F Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Happy Days are Here Again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY

2002

Man Walks Into a Room, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

 

Lectures

2012

Visiting Artist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Visiting Artist, Milwaukee School of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2011

Studio Presentation for Bucknell University, New York, NY

2010

Visiting Artist, The Sotheby’s Institute, New York, NY

 

Instruction

2012

Adjunct Professor: Combined Media, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee, WI

2008

Teaching Assistant: Sculpture, Hunter College, New York, NY

 

Collections

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

The Deste Foundation Collection, Athens, Greece

CCA Andraxt, Mallorca, Spain

The Hort Family Collection, New York, NY

The Artist Pension Trust, New York, NY

Try-Me Urban Restoration Project Collection, Richmond, VA

 

Select Publications 

2011

Gruzis, Evan, “Existenstial Crisis: 38 Drawings & 41 Paintings,” New York: Anteism, Monograph

2010

Gruzis, Evan, and Jaime Schwartz, “Evan Gruzis, Quazai,” Berlin: DUVE Berlin, Monograph

2009

Grayson, Kathy, ed. “New York Minute: Sixty Artists on the New York Scene.” Miami, Fla.: O.H.W.O.W.

2008

Grayson, Kathy, ed. Mail Order Monsters. New York: Deitch Projects, AMP, Picturebox, Full color plate.

Gruzis, Evan, Mara Hoberman and Joachim Pissarro, “Evan Gruzis: Dark Systems”, New York: Deitch Projects, Monograph

2006

Benson, Jesse, Jeffery Vallance and Kenney Berger, “Delusionarium,” p 31, Cat. Illus., Santa Ana

 

Select Press

Berlin Art Journal, Passive States, March 9, 2012

Opening Ceremony New News, A Studio Visit with Evan Gruzis, July 29, 2011

Interview Magazine, Vacation’s All He Ever Wanted, May 2009