Harley Grieco
Medium: Photography and Mixed Media

Studio Location:
62 18th Street
Studio # Floor 2, Studio 11

Email: harleygrieco@gmail.com

Website:: www.harleygrieco.com

Artist Bio:
Harley Grieco is a lens-based artist, born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania. Harley is fascinated with the history of the American representation of the natural world, the production of decorative domestic objects, and how these traditions participate in their own decay. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union School of Art in 2013 and received the Vincent J. Mielcarek, Jr. Memorial Fund Prize as well as the Sara Cooper Hewitt Fund Prize. Harley has been the recipient of scholarships and grants to attend workshops and residencies at The Bronx Museum, The Vermont Studio Center, UrbanGlass, The Ox-Bow School of Art, and The Penland School of Crafts. Currently, she is a photography technician at The Cooper Union School of Art and is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Artist Statement:
I am a lens-based artist committed to photographic, material, and psychological space. I approach my work experimentally; I believe in a tactile creation of photographs, with influence from practices of drawing, archaeology, and geographic exploration. The 19th Century concept of the 'picturesque' landscape influences how I imagine contemporary geography; it is a construct that contorts the natural world inside the safety of domestic beauty. I am fascinated with how the natural world is produced in objects and in photographs, combining aspects of desire, safety, and doubt. This idea is both grotesque and surreal, submitting exterior geography to the construction of psychological landscape. I am interested in how the technical history of landscape photography can be used to create hybrid photo-objects that can re-orient a viewer's sense of space. I am committed to exploring how decay (in the natural and psychological world) functions in pictorial and material space.

All images and text copyright Harley Grieco