Joel Graesser
American, born 1961

Joel Graesser produces welded metal sculptures and acrylic and ink drawings in his characteristic abstract, geometric, and linear style. Graesser has also completed a number of site-specific public works in United States national parks using materials found on site, and a number of kinetic sculptures with spinning parts. Recurring themes explored in Graesser’s work include socio-politics, land degradation and erosion, and textural contrast. His influences include David Smith, Alexander Calder, and Mark di Suvero—the last of whom he worked with for over ten years. Di Suvero has said of Graesser, “His art has that spatial music which the hand-held and handmade has.”