Dan Grayber

Dan Grayber


Mechanisms, 2009


Objects are invented in order to satisfy particular needs, specifically, human needs. With my sculpture I investigate the concept of need when the human is removed from this equation. I do this by replacing the human with the object itself. My sculptures are invented only to sustain themselves, functioning as self-resolving problems. The result is an object that has been invented only to compensate for the complications created by its own existence. The piece alone represents the need and the resolution.

Many of my pieces are small, spring loaded, mechanical objects. They are intricately designed and fabricated to accomplish one of the most simple, yet most essential tasks that an autonomous object can. This task, this need, is that of holding itself up. In most cases, my pieces accomplish this by actively attaching themselves to specific architectural features and individual objects.


Dan Grayber creates mechanical objects that are intricately designed to resolve their own problems or shortcomings. He received his BA in Visual Arts from Hampshire College, and his MFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been shown at several galleries within San Francisco, and the bay area. He was the recipient of the Harold E. Weiner Memorial Award. Dan lives and works in San Francisco.


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