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Emmar Grant


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My work explores the kinetic illusion of motion pictures, whether seen in traditional film and narrative structures, or in projection art pieces of varied contexts.  There is a playfulness to that exploration, and a sense of visual linguistic word play.  Film is a language, and it can be taken from the rectangle and splashed across surfaces and into the world. 


The safety of art is that one can view a dangerous animal without fear of being mauled.  I don’t want the frame and glass that prevents the mauling of the viewer to be too obvious.  I make work to meditate on vulnerability, the fear of permanent misfortunes, and the violence of destroying happy delusions.


Choosing influences, I find myself drawn to the work of Chris Cunningham and Francois Truffaut.   I’ve loved films and their construction, but my most lasting influences have been artists in my life, that challenged me to stretch away from structure.  What shocks me every time I take on an endeavor, especially the truly risky, is how much the world will conspire to help you.

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