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Gregory Euclide is an artist and teacher living in the Minnesota River Valley. His work has been featured in The Nature of Nature at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2014-2015), Badlands: New Horizons in Landscape at MASS MoCA (2008-2009), Otherworldly at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2011), Small Worlds at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio (2011), and was presented as a solo exhibitionNature Out There, at the Nevada Museum of Art (2012). Euclide was awarded three Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Jerome Foundation Residency through the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary. In addition, he was a recipient of the 2011-12 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists and the 2015-2016 Mcknight Fellowship for Visual Artists. Euclide received his MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Gregory’s reverence for the natural world originates from his childhood in rural Wisconsin, where he developed an appreciation for experience in the land. The interconnectedness of the environment and culture has led Euclide to an exploration of how landscape (a way of viewing the land) is tied to the actual treatment and use of land.
He explains his work by saying, “The depiction of land has often been used as a means of celebrating or critiquing culture. The use of pastoral views, banal architecture and everyday trash problematize the traditional definitions of a natural landscape. Through the process of transforming and miniaturizing materials found in the land, objects, in their new context, are no longer discernible as natural or man-made. The juxtaposition of representational modes and materials create a hybrid space where the romanticized and actual intermingle. Contrasts between the flat, painted vistas and artifacts from the land expose the illusion of representation and subsequently confuse the pictorial space, calling into question the authenticity of the objects. The forms fracture the pictorial space, at times, inhabiting the frames, robbing them of their ability to define a single view and inviting a phenomenological exploration by the viewer.”
His work is also featured on the 2012 Grammy Award winning album covers of the musical group Bon Iver and on the cover of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #43
"Upon encountering Euclide's installations for the first time I can't understate the powerful understanding I felt exploring the valleys, rivers, and structures that seem to sprout and flow from the canvas."
"Gregory’s work is wonderful on so many levels. It is fiercely playful, in the way it plays on the landscape motif, and is endlessly surprising in the way everyday familiar materials are transformed to represent something entirely different. For lack of a better word Euclide’s work is “Landscape Porn”"
"I thought I would start with an artist I represent (and will have a solo show in the gallery up next month). Gregory Euclide has been a key component of our program for many years. He challenges the definition of painting and concepts associated with landscape as both an artistic genre and a conduit for our perception of the world around us. His work is unmistakable, and he regularly breathes new and refreshing ideas into his practice, producing diverse flat and relief works as well as stunning installations. Having received a great deal of popular exposure for contributing the artwork for Bon Iver’s Grammy award-winning album, in addition to widespread critical attention in recent years, this is a significant moment in his career."
"I really enjoy Gregory's use of mediums, he finds a way to create dynamic textured compositions that are still quite delicate. I'm a big fan of his fresh perspective on traditional landscapes."