Monoprints and Monotypes of Irving Grunbaum

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Selected  Monoprints and Monotypes

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Artist Information

Irving Grunbaum was born in Traunstein, Germany in a Displaced Person’s camp and  came to America at the age of two. He grew up on New York City’s lower eastside. Irving graduated from Parsons School of Design.

He has worked as a photographer, graphic designer, and fine artist for more than 40 years. He was a designer and promotion art director at Condé Nast and at Coty, Inc., and is currently a photographer for a jewelry company specializing in diamonds and other gemstones. He also regularly designs covers for a broadband magazine. His primary interest remains printmaking.

Irving has shown his sculpture, photography and prints in numerous exhibitions, most recently at the Mehu Gallery in New York, the Dadian Gallery, in Washington DC. and the Mary Davis Holt Gallery, in Salem College, North Carolina. His work was also included in shows at Sideshow Gallery, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Sacred Gallery in New York. He was part of a two- person exhibit at The Studio on Slough Road, in Brewster, on Cape Cod, Ma, in 2012.

My etchings and monotypes reflect my fascination with the colors and patterns in both nature and geometry. Technology and architecture inspire me.

In order to achieve a desired effect, I invent tools and processes and use unconventional materials. I keep a sketchbook with notations on procedures and different theories. But in the process surprises happen, so I adjust and react to what is going on in the moment. Each experience is a learning one because when something fails, other possibilities are revealed.  Changes- subtractions and additions- made to the plate can produce numerous, varied  ghost prints.

I use a mixture of natural and man-made materials for texture and mark making-leaves, plastic wrap, aluminum foil, rubber bands and string. Grids have always intrigued me.

I make occasional visits to Canal Street to find varying thicknesses and shapes in plastic. I also find objects on the street, and in hardware and stationary stores. When working with these materials, I use the ink as a glue to hold them in place- sometimes stacking these objects extends possibilities. Based on my experience using these objects I have certain expectations, but the surprises in the process of making monotypes are what keeps it alive and interesting to me.

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