Oscar Gracida | Fine Arts - Parsons

Mexico, 1983

"Ariane (holding pattern time)," 2015 DV, 3:10 min. Excerpt

"Monument," 2015, inversion with two poles, rubber mold (found object), silicone cast, red lamp

"Monument," 2015, inversion with two poles, rubber mold (found object), silicone cast, red lamp

"Monument," 2015, inversion with two poles, rubber mold (found object), silicone cast, red lamp

"Untitled (Table)," 2016 DV, 3:5 min. Excerpt

"Untitled," 2016 digital photography, 11"x17"

"Untitled (fragments)" Three drawings ink on paper, plaster, plexiglas, wood, wax, silicon, paper, film, steel, tape, 2016

"Untitled (fragments)" Three drawings ink on paper, plaster, plexiglas, wood, wax, silicon, paper, film, steel, tape, 2016

Artist Statement

Oscar Gracida is interested in narratives and technological systems and how these shape our memory. His practice deals with different situations of contingency as found in different events and objects which unfold as carriers of new possibilities and meanings revealing their inner logic and complex framework. He is interested in possibilities without predictability and how they break a discursive linearity and expectations. He investigates the possibilities of failure in relation to complex technological processes and reveals how reality can be mediated by a technological logic. Accidents in technology pose questions about computing processes, timing, ways of registering and narration, which Gracida is interested in exploring using video, sound, drawing, sculpture, and installation. He attempts to reactivate these contingencies in the present moment in order to re-experience them anew.

Artist Bio

Oscar Gracida is a New York city based artist. He graduated with a BFA from the National University Autonomous of Mexico. Previous to pursuing his MFA he worked as an academic researcher as well as in a lighting design company and in a biology lab. Recent group exhibitions include: ’As if to weave a basket’, 25E Gallery, New York; ‘Pausing just to keep up’, Sawtooth ARI, Tasmania, Australia; and ‘Circuit bridges: first bridges’, Gallery MC, New York and Machines Room, London, all in 2015. He was awarded with the Dean’s merit and Fonca-­Conacyt scholarships.