Deconstruction or Reconstruction: Paintings by Ben Grasso

Ben Grasso's paintings depict houses in a suspended state of destruction and construction, evoking a sense of melancholy in a world where recent disasters — economic, natural, and man-made — threaten the sense of comfort and refuge that we humans find in our homes.

The work has a certain thrilling energy of a big-budget action flick, but also hits closer to home since many of us, particularly in the aftermath of hurricane Irene and facing the 10th anniversary of September 11, have some emotional tie to the process of re-building. Read an interview with Ben Grasso on It's Nice That and view more work on his website.

Images: Ben Grasso

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