Biography

 

David Graeve is a graduate from the University of Minnesota with a BFA and a MFA from the University of Houston. He has explored many creative avenues ranging from sculpture, installations, developing non profit arts organization (no name exhibitions the soap factory), visual curator, performance curator, lighting design, stage design, commercial music videos, direct action media stunts for grass roots environmental organizations and many forms of social intervention. Graeve is widely collected in his own regard and in some prominent private collections: Lester Marks, Patricia Meadows, Sheldon and Eve Weisfeld, Carolyn Farb, and several others. A recipient of awards from the city of Minneapolis, an award of Merit and Q award, Curators award of Merritt Galveston art center, Davis-Ryan award

 

Education

             

     2011     University of Houston – Masters of Fine Arts

     1991     University of Minnesota – Bachelor of Fine Arts 

Artist CV

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

     

     2017     Samara Gallery, "Direct Action", Houston, TX

     2016     Baum Gallery, University of Arkansas and the city of Conway                                                                                                                    2015     Samara Gallery, “Between Action and Image” Houston TX

     2014     Deborah Colton gallery, “Civil Rights to Direct Action” Houston TX

                  Discovery Green, Houston TX Installation “ Lens-Pluralism-Bubbles”

     2013     HCC Houston Community College “Time Mirror”

                  MAC - McKinney Arts Contemporary Dallas “Social Memory”

                  Deborah Colton Gallery Houston TX “Social Lens”

                  Discovery Green Houston TX Installation “ Land drawing in orange”

                  Discovery Green Houston TX Installation “ Race Relations”

     2012     Aspen Ideas Festival  “Legacy” Aspen Colorado

                  Discovery Green - installation -“race relations” - Houston TX

                  Crazy Wood gallery – social windows – Huntsville TX

     2011     Menil Museum Park – Beltane (intervention installation) Houston TX

                  Discovery Green –Installation – Race relations, Houston TX

     2010     Colton & Farb Gallery “Exotic Pressure”, Houston TX

                  Discovery Green- Installation- “window lens”, Houston TX

     2009     Performance- “Exquisite Pressure Subjective Time” -Houston TX

                  Discovery Green- Installation- “window lens”, Houston TX

     2008     Discovery green park “through the eyes of a child ”

                  Wortham Theater -SEE ME (stage design) - Houston TX.

     2007     North Harris Montgomery College “Photo perspective” -Houston TX

     2002     Fire Station # 3 Solo show “erotic images”-Houston TX

                  Seesaw Gallery “mediated forms” -Houston TX

     2001     North American Art Alliance “concepts and critics” Houston TX

                  Dakota Gallery “corporate consumption” Houston TX.

     2000     Tyler Street Gallery “appropriating painting” Minneapolis MN

                  Art-A-Whirl “revolt” Minneapolis MN

     1998     Jax Gallery “feeding forms” Mpls MN

     1997     Minnesota Dance Alliance “Emerging Seven” Stage Design –Mpls MN

     1996     A440 Sound Studios “sounds of relevance”-Mpls MN

     1995     Empire Theater- “six months Space Installation” Fargo ND

     1994     First Bank one-year installation of rotating works” -Mpls MN

     1993     Babylon gallery- “times two” -Saint Paul MN

                  First Bank “new forms-”Mpls MN

     1992     The Loring Mpls MN

                  Sherman Group  “time laps” Mpls MN,

                  Kuppernicus “conversation with Valerie”- Saint Paul MN

                  Speedboat gallery 4th anniversary -Saint Paul MN

                  Cedar Riverside Peoples Center” holy Wars” performance- Mpls MN

                  Motor oil gallery “One Year Spatial Manipulation” -Saint Paul MN

     1991     Glam Slam- “nothing”- Mpls MN

     1989     Speedboat Gallery “war vomit”- Saint Paul MN

     1986     Saint Cloud State University ”questions of craft” -Saint cloud MN.

 

Other Exhibitions      

     

     2017     Requiem: Goodbye, Farewell, Amen, Spring Street Studios, Houston, TX         

     2014     Texas Southern Museum Target Glass

     2012     “La vie a pleines dents” Stage Design for Hope Stone modern dance company 

     2011     Blaffer Museum Masters Thesis show  - Houston TX         

     2010     Project Row Houses - Installation-“ Something else” - Houston TX

     2009     El Paso Museum  -Light as air- -El Paso TX

     2007     BBAP installation “999 cameras” Wortham theater -Houston TX

                  Art Car Museum Houston TX

                  Galveston Arts center-”Texas Glass” -Galveston TX

     2006     Debora Goldstein gallery- Johnston city TX

     2005     Galveston art center -Galveston TX

                  Debora Goldstein gallery -Johnston city TX

                  BBAP -“X-mass show” Wortham Theater Houston TX

     2004     Diverse works -voices breaking boundaries -Houston TX

                  Clear Lake Arts Center, “experimental Glass”- Clear Lake TX

                  BBAP “social complexities Wortham Theater -Houston TX.

     2003     Galveston Arts Center, “Glass” -Galveston TX

                  Art League of Houston- Houston TX

                  Artscan “The Art of The Living” -Houston TX

                  Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts -Houston TX

     2002     Arlington Museum “Riots and mediation” -Arlington Texas

     2000     Car Museum “hidden wars” Houston TX

Commissions

     

     2016     Stage design Urban dance Soul "Between two worlds"

     2015     Love street 2 Houston city Hall

                  G gallery Green valentine art show

     2014     Love Street Phoenicia’s Houston TX

                  Naughty Nog Pop up “first ward addition” Houston TX

                  Texas Southern Museum Target Glass

                  Deborah Colton Gallery Houston art fair installation “elements”

                  The Big Machine Environmental installation and Art Burn

                  Art crawl  - installation  “social fatigue ” - Houston TX

                  Art on the Avenue - Houston TX

                  Deborah Colton Gallery Dallas art fair

                  Performance art “Love and lack” Dallas art fair

                  Performance art “tension” TX biennial lone star explosion Box 13 Houston Texas

                  Aspen Art Fair Installation “lens painting”

     2013     “Rat Back” Pop up Houston TX

                  Deborah Colton Gallery Aspen Art Fair Installation  “ color concepts and light”

                  Art crawl  - installation - Houston TX

                  Art on the Avenue - Houston TX

     2012     Deborah Colton Gallery Aspen Art Fair Installation  “historical appropriation”

                  Counter Crawl Installation “Braided Time” Houston TX

                  Dominic Walsh fundraiser Houston Texas

                  Box 13 fundraiser Houston Texas

                  Dallas Art Fair – “Sophie “exterior installation – Dallas TX

                  Pavilion - stage design  “ la vie a pleines dents” - Houston TX

                  Art crawl  - installation Consequences- Houston TX

                  Art on the Avenue - Houston TX

                  Deborah Colton Gallery  - “Transform 2012” - Houston TX

     2011     Deborah Colton Gallery “sublime beyond words” - Houston TX

                  Counter Crawl Installation Bike Riot and Balloon

                  Sabine St., bridge – balloon installation – BBP - Houston TX

                  Deborah Colton Gallery “sublime beyond words” - Houston TX

                  Blaffer Museum Masters Thesis show  - Houston TX

                  Bread & Circus – Stage design Barenvelders Arts Complex – Houston TX

                  HMAAC  (Houston Museum of African American Culture) – Target

                  Art crawl  - installation “focal point” - Houston TX

                  Art on the Avenue - Houston TX

     2010     Art crawl – installation “radical forms of photo”- Houston TX

                  Art on the avenue – Houston TX

                  HMAAC -Installation – Houston TX

                  Wortham Theater -Village Waltz 2 - stage design - Houston TX

                  Project Row Houses - Installation-“ Something else” - Houston TX

                  Colton & Farbs Gallery - Installation - “The beauty of a Matriarchal portholes”     

                  Houston TX, Rudolf Projects gallery “quantum Dada”,

                  Yard Sale time machine “balloon installation” Houston TX,

                  Neman Marcus Balloon installation Houston TX,

     2009     Wrotham Theater -Village Waltz -stage design -Houston TX

                  Flux factory -benefit -NY

                  Bethany’s bras –land drawing el Paso TX to Houston TX

                  City of El Paso -Light as air- -El Paso TX

                  Discovery Green -Light as air- Houston, TX

                  G-gallery -“Heavy Volume”-Houston, TX

                  McClain gallery - benefit for the University of Afghanistan -Houston TX

                  The foundry Art Crawl-Houston TX

                  Winter street studios -Art on the Ave -Houston TX

                  The Foundry -ISSE “art burn” –Houston TX

     2008     The Foundry -“Hot Art Injection” -Houston TX

                  Discovery green park (solo show) “through the eyes of a child ” -Houston TX

                  The Foundry-Art Crawl -Houston TX

                  Winter street studios -Art on the Ave- Houston TX

                  BBAP anniversary Houston TX

                  Flash mob, Performance pillow fight outside the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston TX

                  Red button project (every major museum and two mile radius) in Houston TX

                  Lawndale arts center “red buttons” -Houston TX

                  HGAC “appropriating space” -Houston TX

     2007     BBAP installation “999 cameras” Wortham theater -Houston TX

                  Art Car Museum Houston TX

                  Galveston Arts center-”Texas Glass” -Galveston TX

                  HGAC “appropriating space” -Houston TX

                  Winter street studios -Art on the Ave- Houston TX

                  Debora Goldstein gallery- Johnston city Texas                  

     2006     BBAP Gallery “Picasso show “-Houston TX

                  Debora Goldstein gallery- Johnston city TX

                  Houston art crawl -Houston TX

                  Winter street studios -Art on the Ave -Houston TX

                  HGAC appropriating space -Houston TX

                  BBAP- “X-mass show” Wortham Theater- Houston TX

     2005     Galveston art center -Galveston TX

                  Debora Goldstein gallery -Johnston city TX

                  The Foundry-Houston art crawl-Houston TX

                  Arlington Museum- auction -Arlington TX

                  BBAP -“X-mass show” Wortham Theater Houston TX

                  HGAC- “appropriating space “-Houston TX

                  Winter street studios -Art on the Ave -Houston TX

     2004     Diverse works -voices breaking boundaries -Houston TX

                  Arlington Museum- Auction -Arlington TX

                  HCCC -Houston TX

                  Clear Lake Arts Center, “experimental Glass”- Clear Lake TX

                  Houston Art crawl -Houston TX 

                  HGAC Appropriating space -Houston TX

BBAP “X-mass show” Wortham Theater -Houston TX.

Winter street studios -Art on the Ave -Houston TX                                                                                                                     2003  Galveston Arts Center, “Glass” -Galveston TX

            Art League of Houston- Houston TX

            Artscan “The Art of The Living” -Houston TX

            Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts -Houston TX

            Trailer Park Art Installation- Deer park TX

            Winter street studios -Art on the Ave -Houston TX

            The Foundry-Houston Art Crawl -Houston TX

            HGAC Appropriating space Houston TX.

2002    Arlington Museum -Arlington Texas

            HCCC -Houston TX

            Art Car Museum- Houston TX

            North Harris College -Houston TX

            Seesaw Gallery (solo show) “mediated forms” -Houston TX

            Blumenthal sheet metal -photo fest-Houston TX

            Larlessmarv “appropriating space” Houston TX.

2001     Art Car Museum Houston TX  “Hidden Wars”

            Larlessmarv- “appropriating space” Houston TX

2000    Car Museum “hidden wars” Houston TX

            Gateway Sculpture Park Minneapolis MN

            No Name Exhibitions (Multiplex) Minneapolis MN

1999    No Name Exhibitions (Multiplex) Minneapolis MN

            Hopkins Center For the Arts Hopkins MN

            Minnesota Institute of Art “One Foot in the door” Minneapolis MN

            Art-A- whirl Mpls MN

1998    Gate Way Sculpture Park Mpls MN

            Art-A-Whirl Mpls MN

            Hopkins Center For The Art Hopkins MN.

1997    No Name Exhibitions “Staff Show” Mpls MN

            Occupied Space -Mpls MN

            Speedboat Retrospective- Saint Paul MN

            Art-A Whirl- Mpls MN

1996     Red Eye theater  “Halloween Installation” -Mpls MN

             Art-A-Whirl Mpls MN

1995     Minnesota Institute of Arts” The Age of Intimacy” Performance-Mpls MN

            Forgotten Fire -Film by John Kilacky –performer -Mpls MN

             Empire Theater- Fargo ND

1994     Mildred’s Pad gallery -Saint Paul MN

1993     First Bank Whitney Coalition Mpls MN

1992     Hard Times, Whitney Coalition -Mpls MN

            Art I Fex- Mpls MN

            Hair Police “A Couple of Naked Men” Performance-Mpls MN

            Speedboat 4th anniversary -Saint Paul MN

            Cedar Riverside Peoples Center” holy Wars” performance- Mpls MN

1991    Wilensky Arts- out door collection -Mpls MN

            First Avenue -Mpls MN

            Katherine Nash Gallery -B.F.A.Exhibition Mpls MN

1990    Wilensky Arts –Sculpture Park -Mpls MN

            First Avenue -Mpls MN

            Gunkleman’s- Mpls MN

            Wilensky Arts gallery-“fabulous four” -Mpls MN

            Wilensky Arts gallery-“adverse happenings"-Mpls MN

            Wyman building-” Iron and Light"-Mpls MN

 

Other Commissions 

           

          2016     Greater North side Houston TX

          2015     Rothko Chapel, Phoenicia’s Houston TX

          2013-15 Hardy yards Community Garden project – Houston, TX

          2012     TFAA - Notre Soleil  - Lyon France

          2010     Texas sculpture garden-Dallas, TX

2009     Texas sculpture garden-Dallas, TX

2008     Curry Glassell -Houston TX

             Wharton Elementary-Houston, TX

2007     Goodman Elementary -Houston TX

             Richey Elementary-Houston TX

             Vines early Elementary-Houston TX

             Youens Elementary-Houston TX

              West view school for autism-Houston, TX.

2006     Episcopal High school - Houston, TX.

             Calvert Elementary - Houston, TX

2005     Houston school of Nursing “cell structure 999"-Houston TX

             Kevin McCarthy- Houston, TX

2004     Episcopal high school-Houston, TX

2003     Peter Krueger -Houston TX

2002     Pershing Middle School “inverted reflections"-Houston, TX

2001     Texas Sculpture Garden, Dallas, TX

2000     Keith and Jeannine Barnell-Ecotone - Saint Louis park MN.

1996     Bias Yisroel Temple’s - Saint Louis Park MN

1994     Magnum Tire Company - Mpls MN

1993     Magnum Tire Company - Mpls MN

1991     Interior Resource -Mpls MN

1986     General Mills -Mpls MN

 

Awards     

 

     2007     Davis-Ryan award 

     2005     Curators award of Merritt (Galveston art center)

     1996     City of Minneapolis “Award of Merritt” 

                  City of Minneapolis “Q Award
 

Experience

     2012-15     Active member of Counter Crawl Houston TX

     2003-07     BBAP Art Director- Board Member-Installation manager Houston TX

     1991-00     No Name Exhibitions (cofounder of the soap Factory) Minneapolis, MN

                            Performance curator, Installation manager, Curatorial Staff

     1996-98     Cofounder of Northeast Arts Association, Steering committee,Performance curator- Mpls MN

     1992          Women, Fire and Iron, Support Person, Fundraising and participating artist, Minneapolis, MN

Reviews

 

     2014     Living arts 90.1FM ,papercitymagazine.

     2012     The Atlantic  “Balloons reach out to the Aspen Ideas festival July 1 2012

                  “The front row 91.7 FM 1/11.2012

     2011     Houston Real Estate Landscape April fools

                     HYPERLINK "http://swamplot.com/april-fools-by-the-freeway/2011-04-01/#comments"http://swamplot.com/april-fools-by-the-                            freeway/2

     2010     Sculpture magazine April issue “light as air”

                  www.papercitymag.com/Article/.../Dallas-Art-Fair-2010

                     HYPERLINK "http://www.carolynfarb.com/articles/brilliant-2010feb.pdf" www.carolynfarb.com/articles/brilliant-2010feb.pdf

     2009     Living Arts KPFT radio 90.1 fm (December) Houston TX

                     HYPERLINK "http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/arts/.../6443206.html"                                               

                     epmediagroup.com/.../977-light-as-air-inflatable-sculpture-exhibit

     2008      T.V. Tokyo, CNN politics desk, Code Pink bog, Free Speech T.V., Travis Smile,

                   Eyewitness Local Channel 5 News (Minneapolis), Japanese T.V. Nip, Samuda

                      HYPERLINK "http://www.totalvision.tv/"www.totalvision.tv,TV Tokyo,RAI—Italia Television, Voice of America, NBC news

                   Documentary “Beyond Convention”  Realclearpolitics.com, The Photojournalism

                   Living Arts KPFT radio (January) Houston TX

                   Channel 2 Houston, Arts Houston (January)-

          Houston Press, Arts Houston (February)

          Houston Press (May)- Houston TX

          Living Arts KPFT 90.1 fm- Houston TX

          Galveston daily new- Galveston TX

    2006     Arts Houston Magazine (December)

    2004     living arts KPFT 90.1fm

    2003     002 -Houston TX

    2002     Artlies-Houston press- Progressive magazine

    2001     www.wsws.org/articles/2001/nov2001/hous-n22.shtml

    1993     KFAI 90.3 FM “Artifacts” -Mpls MN

    1991     Equal times news- Skyway News -Mpls MN

    1990     The Mister Bill Show “Art Talk” - Mpls MN

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