Gregory Euclide

United States 1974

Installation, Illustration, Painting, Design

Gregory Euclide
Gregory Euclide
United States
March 31, 2016

Gregory Euclide makes landscape art using various kind of material. Pinecones, melted snow, paper and paint are just some of the pieces he takes to assemble the impressive collages/installations that show how transformational the natural force is. This Minnesotian artist custom made the album cover for the singer-songwriter Bon Iver and complemented the musician’s vision in a gorgeous organic style. The album cover is made of styrofoam and cut open to show the original composition. The idea is to make the origin material visible, to get to the depth of the structure. When making art, Euclide incorporates the traditional idea of the landscape aesthetics with the raw and untreated material, so sometimes there are even pieces of garbage in his works – the same scenery one could find in someone’s backyard.

Euclide incorporates the traditional idea of the landscape aesthetics with the raw and untreated material

Gregory Euclide - Artwork for cover of Bon Iver's LP Bon Iver (left) , Close up detail (right), 2011
Gregory Euclide – Artwork for cover of Bon Iver’s LP Bon Iver (left) , Close up detail (right), 2011

Connecting without Humanity

The artist holds an MA degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minnesota (2008), and a BA in studio art from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Wisconsin (1997). He is also a holder of secondary art education degree. Growing up and living in Wisconsin influenced his artistic aspirations since the early age. Almost all of his art lacks human form but contains many man-made products. When people admire intact landscapes they find peace and contentment in the fact that there are no human interactions, but what they forget is the actuality that man leaves his mark everywhere. The solitude brings tranquillity but what we perceive in the physical world is always just one part of the mutual relation in which man coexist with nature. Without trying too hard, or trying at all, he manages to avoid any attempt at defining his art. The theme is life and the transformation of it, and everything that comes with it.

Gregory Euclide brings landscapes to life and shows how he connect with the nature

More than a Landscape

Birth and death as the natural cycles of life are the starting and ending points in Euclide’s creations. Between them comes all the mystery of conception, creation and living. Decay and rotten organic elements are being mixed with painted scenes on paper and then they are ripped apart. The three-dimensional moment gives the viewer a chance to peek into the artist’s vision and to experience the landscape in more reliable form. Euclide’s holistic approach unites the representation of the idea behind art, with the original scenery, the idea came from. If there are trees in the picture, he will use the pinecones from that place, if the theme is transformation, he will use melted snow instead of water. This originality transfers the sentiment and the contemplation to the viewer and it is impossible to stay indifferent when facing such a creation.

Decay and organic elements are being mixed with painted scenes on paper and then they are ripped apart

prints print home signed goldenrod museum prints print home signed goldenrod museum prints print home signed goldenrod museum Gregory Euclide - Anywhere kept the frame around waiting (detail), 2015
Gregory Euclide – Anywhere kept the frame around waiting (detail), 2015

Temporary Art and Permanent Ideation

When he teaches students he tends to show them how originality is not subdued in trying to be different than everyone else. Originality comes from being true and honest, being yourself. That philosophy deeply reflects his art. Not very fond of reproductions, he puts his heart and soul into everything he makes. He used tools he could find in the classroom and with black markers, ink and board erasers he made illustrations during the lunch breaks. By doing this, he wanted, not just to relax, but to show his students firsthand that time is nothing but the measure we invented and that original expression has no limits. After completing the work, Euclide erased the board, but took some photographs previously and that is how his 2012 series Laid Down & Wiped Away was made. The moral of the story is to appreciate the original, the spur of the moment, the limited time we all have in this world, and to squeeze in some inventiveness here and there.

Otherwordly Worlds

Euclide’s landscapes are always about something else than just nature. In the tradition of painting landscapes, there is sometimes the intent to appeal to popular taste, but for this artist the intent is to make the audience taste the nature, experience it firsthand. Moss, rocks, paint, paper, wood, fern, and acrylics are just some of the material he uses to make his earthly and fresh, but also decayed Otherwordly installations. His miniature urban landscapes raise awareness of how human interaction affects the outer world. It is important to feel like a teleological integral part of nature and never to underestimate how significant is to give back to it and stay away from pollution and destruction. When he is not teaching in high school, or working in his studio, this artist spends every available moment outdoors, in the woods, in the snow, soaking in the sunshine, listening to music and embracing the freedom of country living.

The artist is represented by Spoke Art Gallery.

Gregory Euclide lives and works in Minneapolis area, Minnesota.

All images and videos © Gregory Euclide
Featured image – Gregory Euclide Headshot, photo credits Memphis College of Art

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Gregory EuclideHashimoto Contemporary, San FranciscoSolo
2016Earth DayForm + Content Gallery,MinneapolisGroup
2015Gregory EuclideSouth Dakota Art Museum, Brookings, SDSolo
2015Gregory EuclideMai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, COSolo
2015Gregory EuclideWashington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SDSolo
2015Gregory EuclideMiami Project, Hashimoto GalleryGroup
2015Gregory EuclideArt Miami-Context, Fifty24MX GalleryGroup
2015Gregory EuclidePaper Cut, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Gregory EuclideThe Nature of Nature, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2014Gregory EuclideMinnesota Biennial, Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul, MNGroup
2013Gregory EuclideStolenSpace Gallery, London, UKSolo
2013Gregory EuclideMartha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Gregory EuclideAfter I omit the taking in my posture seeing become the new way of owing, Progress Gallery, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Wish You Were There?Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MAGroup
2013American Painting Today: Physical & VisceralKrasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MIGroup
2013Beyond NaturalUniversity of North Texas, Denton, TXGroup
2013Second NatureBroward College, Davie, FLGroup
2013Journey ForthGallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers,516 Arts, Albuquerque, NMGroup
201310 Year AnniversaryWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013Blurring DimensionsMemphis College of Art, Memphis, TNGroup
2013Wider Than A PostcardBreeze Block Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2013Cartographer’s DelightHellion Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2013InfluenceMai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, COGroup
2012Gregory EuclideDavid B. Smith Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2012Gregory EuclideNevada Museum of Art, Reno, NVSolo
2012Beyond The Parking LotArtisphere, Arlington, VAGroup
2012Otherworldly Optical Delusions and Small RealitiesLille 3000, Lille, FranceGroup
2012Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship ShowMinneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2012In the Field: Artists from Greater MinnesotaMinneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2012Open Studios Midwestern Competition Vol. 101, New American PaintingsIndianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, INGroup
2011 Gregory EuclideDavid B. Smith Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2011OtherworldlyMuseum of Arts and Design, New York, NYGroup
2011Small WorldsToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OHGroup
2011Deconstructing NatureHunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJGroup
2011Middle StatesAnderson Gallery, Drake University, Des Moines, IAGroup
2011Pure PaperRena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011HabitatFoothills Art Center, Golden, COGroup
2011Specific Environments: Landscape as MetaphorLincoln Center Fort Collins, Fort Collins, COGroup
2011PULSE Art Fair Los AngelesDavid B. Smith Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011PULSE Art Fair MiamiDavid B. Smith Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2011PULSE Art Fair New YorkDavid B. Smith Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010Gregory EuclideIMPULSE, PULSE Art Fair Miami, David B. Smith Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2010Gregory EuclideReal, Natural, Unsustainable, The Joseph Gross Gallery, The University of Arizona –Tucson, Tucson, AZSolo
2010Gregory EuclideWhat Was Still In the Pause of My Advance, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010Gregory EuclideMaking Paintings About Nature’s Making, Conkling Gallery, Mankato State University, Mankato, MNSolo
2010The Nature of ThingsBiennial of the Americas, Denver, COGroup
2010RefreshChristina Ray, New York, NYGroup
2010SCOPE Art Fair New YorkDavid B. Smith Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2010David B. Smith Group Exhibition, Part 1David B. Smith, Denver, COGroup
2010Who Killed The MusicGrammy Awards, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Gregory EuclideDavid B. Smith Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2009ShapedManifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2009SCOPE Art Fair MiamiDavid B. Smith Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2009Regime ChangeSwarm Gallery, Oakland, CAGroup
2009Open Studios Midwestern Competition Vol. 83, New American PaintingsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 5 - The Open Studios PressTeaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore CollegeGroup
2009SCOPE Art Fair New YorkDavid B. Smith Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009You, Me, and Everyone We KnowAlphonse Berber Gallery, Berkeley, CAGroup
2009New LandscapesGroveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2009David B. Smith Group Exhibition, Part 1David B. Smith, Denver, COGroup
2009Selections from the International Drawing AnnualManifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2008Gregory EuclideThis is How I Have Been Moving Through It, Gage Family Art Gallery, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MNSolo
2008Gregory EuclideLimited Addiction Gallery, Denver, COSolo
200858th Arrowhead BiennialDuluth Art Institute, Duluth, MNGroup
2008Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 4, The Open Studios PressInternational Sculpture Center and the Microsoft CollectionGroup
2008Studio Visit Magazine Vol. 3, The Open Studios PressThe Rose Art Museum at Brandeis UniversityGroup
2008North of the 45thDeVos Art Museum, MIGroup
2008Open Door 4Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2008Made at MCADMinneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MNGroup
200837th Annual Americas 2008: Paperworks ExhibitionNorthwest Art Center, Minot, NDGroup
2008Badlands: New Horizons in LandscapeMASS MoCA, North Adams, MAGroup
2008The Woolworth WindowsTacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WAGroup
2008Sublime LandscapeProject 4 Gallery, Washington DCGroup
2008Landscape, Nature and SpaceBucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008MFA Thesis Exhibition: MCADSoo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2008365111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Aqua Art Miami WynwoodDavid B. Smith Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2008Red Dot Fair New YorkLimited Addiction Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007The Walks I Take Turn To Paper, BLKMRKT Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2007Gregory EuclideI Have Been Remembering: Half-Lives & Half-Truths, OKOK Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
2007Open Studios Midwestern Competition Vol. 71New American PaintingsGroup
2007The 31st Bradley International Print And Drawing ExhibitionBradley University, Peoria, ILGroup
2007Drawn Out, Torn & Needing MoreThe Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WIGroup
2007Free ParkingOKOK Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2007BMG Artist’s AnnualBLK MRKT Gallery, Los Angles, CAGroup
2007Get startedThe Chambers Burnet Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2007Aqua Art MiamiLimited Addiction Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2006Works On PaperWhite Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Spatial FlowBloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MNGroup
2006The Group ShowSilas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NYGroup
2005Minnesota Biennial 2D IIMinnesota Museum of American Art, St Paul, MNGroup
2005CuratorMinnesota Museum of American ArtGroup
2005Untitled 4Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2005New WorkThomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2005City SeenMinneapolis Foundation, Minneapolis, MNGroup