Jude Griebel: Illuminated Collapse

Kenderdine Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition and Residency

Artist Residency: May 3 - May 27, 2021
Exhibition Run: May 28, 2021 - August 21, 2021

curator, Leah Taylor

The exhibition Jude Griebel: Illuminated Collapse presents a series of six detailed dioramas merging figure and ground to highlight human connection to the surrounding world. In these sculptures, unsettling scenes unfold on the surface of circular bases. Anatomies/landscapes are engaged in dramatic acts of self-consumption and destruction, projecting a metaphorical "End of Times" narrative. Mirroring our own world through their miniature elements, the works reflect on contemporary consumption, industrial development, and inherent environmental degradation. Griebel's artworks combine scientific reality with fantasy and diverse cultural references, using personal symbolism and metaphor to register the concept of planetary collapse.

Jude Griebel (Canadian) is a New York-based figurative sculptor, currently the Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, USA until March, 2021. Griebel has completed numerous residences including The Studies of MASS MoCA, North Adams and HALLE 14, Leipzig. His major sculptural commission Tired Water was installed in Telus Spark, Calgary. Recent exhibitions include the Esker Foundation, Calgary, the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity, Vancouver, Galerie Sturm, Nuremberg and the Spinnerei Archiv Massiv, Leipzig. Griebel is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for Emerging Figurative Artists and his work is in collections including Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montreal and the Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee. Griebel holds an MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics, Concordia University, Canada. Completed an MFA International Exchange, University of Lapland, Finland, and holds a BFA, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada.

Jude GriebelProcession, 21" x 47" x 34". Wood, adhesives, acrylic. 2020.


Jude Griebel, Through Ash, 96" x 48" x 48". Wood, papier-mâché, air-drying clays, glass, acrylic. 2019.