Bob Gramsma is a Swiss/Dutch artist who lives and works in Zurich. Since the beginning of the 1990s the artist has been concerned with creating spaces and their inextricable connections to people and environment. His sculptural and installation works raise the question of how space is conceived and how this has an effect on our consciousness.
Bob Gramsma documents spaces that once were, and that no longer are. He engages with space and how we move through it to imagine alternate histories. He often uses the labor of building and construction to make striking traces of the landscape - spaces without architecture. He is interested in creating works that riff off the materials of the sites and the conditions they inhabit, creating sedimentary traces of production and artistic action that enable an opening between the present and the past.
For over 20 years Gramsma has exhibited extensively, including at The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, Palestine; Kunsthalle Arbon; Kunst(Zeug)haus, Rapperswil; Kunstmuseum Sankt Gallen; Helmhaus Zurich; Kunsthaus Centre PasquArt, Biel; FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon; Kunstverein Ulm; Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen; CAC Vilnius; MoMA/PS1, New York; Swiss Institute, New York; Kunstmuseum, Bern; and the MAC Lyon. Gramsma has presented major projects as part of Art Safiental 2018, Grison; Arte Albigna 2017, Grison: Kochi Biennale 2016; Art public Chur 2016; Gasträume 2016, Art in Public Space Zurich; Môtiers 2015, Art en plein air.
ART AND PUBLIC DOMAIN
2018 Land Art Monument 100th anniversary of the Zuiderzee-Act, commission Province of Flevoland, NL (1st Prize); 2018 ABZ-Siedlung Toblerstrasse, Zürich, commission Allgemeine Baugenossenschaft Zürich; 2018 Schulhaus Halden, Opfikon, commission City of Opfikon; 2016 Markus Roth-Platz, Lenzburg, commission City of Lenzburg; 2005 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, commission Hochbauamt des Kantons Zürich and Kulturstiftung Winterthur; 2004 Stadtspital Waid, Zürich, commission Amt für Hochbauten der Stadt Zürich; 2003 Swiss Federal Office of Sports, Magglingen, commission Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Bern
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