We’ve been following Jason Gringler since his 2012 solo show at Brand New Gallery, where the Toronto-born, New York-based artist filled the Milan gallery’s wall with a grid of shimmering, fragmented mirrors. Regarded as one to watch among a new generation of artists who challenge the traditions of classical painting, Gringler employs smashed mirrors and spray paint, broken Plexiglas and steel frames to forge new territory in contemporary abstraction. In time for his new exhibition in Cologne (featuring a 16-foot prismatic installation) and in advance of his solo show with New York City’s Denny Gallery (slated for September 2014 and to feature a 1,000-pound, moiré-like installation of steel mesh and mirrored glass), we paid a visit to Gringler’s industrial Queens studio. Situated along a dark corridor of 1717 Troutman Street, Gringler’s studio is flooded with light, strewn with shards of shattered glass, and furnished with a bandsaw, a mirrored workbench, and even a punching bag. We knocked on Gringler’s door (where thoughtful neighbors often leave sheets of Plexi) for a chat with the artist and a step-by-step tour through the making of his sought-after works.
Photographs by Alex John Beck