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Geoffrey Detrani

Studio Building
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Studio Location
Collider - Pencil, acrylic on paper 48x60”
Lucky Fiction - Pencil, acrylic on paper 56x70”
Anabasis - Pencil, acrylic on paper 55x69”
Hyper-Retaliation Pencil, acrylic on paper mounted to panel 16x48”
Souvenirs & Barricades pencil, ink, acrylic on paper mounted to panel 36x48”
Artist's Statement

The imagery that I use explores a hypothetical intersection between the natural world and the built environment. I am interested in a representation of the natural world that is spun from a conflation of imagination and ideology – a symbolic rendering – rather than one that mimics our visual/optical experience of it. I am interested in the tenuous and temporary fit with which the things we have built have accommodated themselves to the fecund and resurgent and violent forces of the natural world around them. My pictures suggest landscapes captured in a state of flux, landscapes on the cusp or in the throes of explosive generation or devolution, they are geographies of entropy and zero-sum gain.


Geoffrey Detrani is a visual artist and writer whose work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angles, Boston and South Korea. His artists’ books are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His paintings are in the collections of the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Schenectady Museum, the Transportation Security Administration and various private collections. In 1999 – 2000 he was an artist in residence at the former World Trade Center with a studio on the 91st. Floor. He is the recipient of grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Bronx Museum, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, the State University of New York Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Aldrich Museum. He is a 2012 recipient of the Connecticut Artist’s Fellowship Grant.