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Stockholm / Sweden

Born in 1981

Adam Grinovich was born September 26th 1981, Lynn Massachusetts, USA. After spending 26 years in the Boston area, Adam moved to Stockholm, Sweden to pursue an MFA in jewelry from Konstfack University. Adam Grinovich is currently a permanent resident of Sweden

Adam Grinovich has founded and collaborated with several different international groups and collectives.

In 2008 he founded A5 with Annika Pettersson and Romina Fuentes.  A5 is an ongoing investigation into jewelry, the body, and the flexible role of contemporary craft.

Adam is also a co-founder of the design collective CRITIAL alongside Charles Mathis and Annika Pettersson. CRITICAL + is an energetic design initiative with a focus on design ethics, involving young motivated individuals.

In addition to his personal work and collectives Adam has been a guest designer in an ongoing investigation with Swedish company IOU design, contributed to art collaborative Valeveil , and thinktank GAUNTLET with PlayLab  and Sean Yeaton. Adam Grinovich continues to work with a variety of international artists on a project basis

 

The process of creating jewelry involves magic, a type of physical tangible magic that maintains an enigma even to those who master it as a craft. Jewelry creates glamour, a magical spell that entices the viewer into a seduced state. When someone creates jewelry, if it’s good, they fool the world, if only for a few moments, into a more ideal state. In that way I’m an idealist, I choose to see things in the state of highest potential.

There’s a momentum in any given movement, be it physical or cultural, that escapes definition due to it’s inertia. It’s only after the fact that someone can go ahead classify or categorize. It’s important to be smart, It’s important to be skilled, but just as important to abandon the tendency to rationalize and legitimize. If you tried to define magic, if you pulled it apart and identified its mechanism, it would cease to be magic.

My goal artistically is to simplify my process, my concepts, my aesthetics, to produce intense moments of frozen expression. I am fascinated by the tradition of jewelry, by the history of craft, and see it as a personal challenge to push the boundaries while remaining relevant within the context of the field. Jewelry, in its most basic definition, is the challenge of attaching a precious object to a human body. Throughout time there have been a mass of different solutions, and my personal artistic goal is to identify a relationship and a  confrontation between value, material, culture, and body.

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  • Konstfack University College of Art Craft and Design, Stockholm Sweden. M.F.A. Adellab/Metalforgivning, Prof Ruudt Peters & Karen Pontoppidan

  • Massachusetts College of Art, Boston Massachusetts USA. B.F.A. Jewelry, Departmental Honors

    • “Frame” Gallery Platina, Internationalen Handwerksmesse Munchen, Munich Germany
    • “Cominelli Foundation Award 2012” Palazzo Cominelli, Brecia, Italy
    • “Celebration of Flowers” Sterling Gallery, Budapest Hungary
    • ”European Prize for the Applied Arts, Mons Belgium
    • “I Do, I Undo, I Redo” w/Steinbeisser, Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • “Murmur(ation)” Fraunstrasse 36, Munich, Germany
    • “Frame 2012” Gallery Platina, Internationalen Handwerksmesse Munchen, Munich Germany
    • “The State of Things” Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich Germany
    • “Project Steinbesser” Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • “Forma vs. Materia” Galleria Cristiani, Torino, Italy
    • “Cominelli Foundation Award 2011” Palazzo Cominelli, Brecia, Italy
    • “Conceptual Jewellry” Putti Art Gallery, Riga Latvia
    • “Ultramarine” Noblessner Harbour , Tallinn Estonia
    • “Cheongju International Craft Bienalle 2011 Seoul Korea
    • “LOOK” Gallery Caroline van Hoek, Munich Germany
    • “SOFA Chicago 2010″ 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL USA
    • “Preziosa Young 2010” Firenze Italy/Munich Germany
    • “I Care A Lot” Idar Oberstein, Germany/Stockholm, Sweden/Lisabon, Portugal
    • “Frame” Gallery Platina, Munich Germany
    • “Talente 2010” Internationalen Handwerksmesse Munchen, Munich Germany
    • “Lingam” Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, Netherlands
    • “For Long and Faithfull Duty” Platina Gallery, Stockholm
    • “Lingam” Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design
    • “Borta bra men hemma bäst” Platina Gallery, Stockholm Sweden
    • “Garbage Pin Project” MCO Arte Contemporanea, Porto Portugal
    • “For You” Amber Trip, Vilnius Lithuania
    • “Frame” Gallery Platina, Munich Germany
    • “Nano” Studio 44, Stockholm Sweden
    • “A5 Exhibition 1” Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts, and Design°
    • “From Hand to Hand” Mudac Musée d’art et design, Lausanne Switzerland.
    • The Konstfack degree exhibition” Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden
    • “Excursions”, Galleria Rantapaja, Lappeenranta Finland.
    • “Absolute beauty”, Gallery of Art, Legnica, Poland
    • “Excursions”, walking exhibition, Munich, Germany
    • “Touch Down”, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden
    • “Love signs”, Platina, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Studio Assistant, Atelier Ted Noten, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Studio Assistant, Cristoph Zellweger, Zurich Switzerland

  • Project Assistant, “LINGAM” exhibition, Ruudt Peters, Stockholm Sweden

  • Honorary mention Cheongju International Craft Beinalle

  • Preziosa Young, Firenze Italy

  • 2nd Prize “For You” Jewelry competition, Vilnius Lithuania

  • “Adelaward” Sweden

    • Lecture HDK: School of Design and Crafts, Göteborg, Sweden
    • Lecture Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam Netherlands
    • “Checks and Balances” May, Konstfack University, Stockholm Sweden°
    • “Gold Standards” April Konsthall C, Farsta, Sweden
    • Emerging Artist Lecture SOFA art fair, Chicago Illinois USA
    • Artist Lecture Pratt University New York, New York USA
    • Artist Lecture Rhode Island School of Design, Providence Rhode Island USA
  • Iaspis International Culture Exchange Scholarship – Estrid-Ericsons Stiftelse

  • Iaspis International Culture Exchange Scholarship

  • Konstnarshamnden Working Scholarship – Iaspis International Culture Exchange Scholarship – Estrid-Ericsons Stiftelse