Sean Grattan

b. 1981

Sean Grattan lives and works in Los Angeles, USA. His method of production utilises a ‘language of exchange’ that can take as its subject any matter arising from the complications and currency of the global political economy and its attendant history. Specifically, Grattan has recently investigated ways in which ethics are generated and negotiated through a public environment saturated by images and where human behaviour is largely governed by the propagation of goal determining narratives.

Working primarily with digital moving images, Grattan employs ‘agents of exchange’ in order to facilitate a dialogue that interrogates the social fabric with a view to generating debate. By privileging a form that is subservient to the requirements of the issues at hand, the artist is often left with movies that fail to produce a narrative whole, opting instead to value the communication of ideas through openly conflicted objects.

Current subjects of inquiry include the role of technology in shaping our moral and political conception of life on this planet; the companion debate over the nature of our public and commercial structures; and the need, purpose and form of revolution.

Grattan graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA (Philosophy) in 2001 and again in 2008 with a BFA (Honours) from Elam School of Fine Art. He is due to graduate with an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in May 2012. Since 2007 Grattan’s work has been shown both locally and internationally, including the Centre Pompidou Paris, Heidelberger Kunstverein Heidelberg, Artspace Auckland and the New Zealand International Film Festival.

Selected Exhibitions

CIRCUIT Market Screening, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

HADHAD, ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland
HADHAD, The Physics Room, Christchurch
74 Minutes, Human Resources Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)

Carmen San Diego: Out of Work and On The Run, ARTSPACE, Auckland
The Artists Cinema, New Zealand International Film Festival, Auckland/Wellington
Sudden gestures or noises, Artspace, Auckland

A Man Without A Factory, City Gallery Wellington
The Artists Cinema, LUX, UK