Futuristic Imagination: Interview With Laurent Grasso
By Lauren Long
Laurent Grasso’s surreal worlds immerse viewers in spaces of uncertainty and disequilibrium. Based in Paris and New York, the multidisciplinary artist draws upon elements of history, science, and mythology to challenge conventional perceptions as well as uncover unseen layers of one’s thoughts and surroundings. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and a 2008 laureate of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Grasso was invited by Paris’s Musée d’Orsay in 2017 to create a new work for its exhibition “The Origins of the World: The Invention of Nature in the 19th Century” (2020–21). The resulting film, ARTIFICIALIS (2020), examines mutation, transformation, and humanity’s relationship with nature, and spurred a new painting and sculpture series, Future Herbarium (2020– ), showcased along with other works at his solo exhibition at Perrotin, Hong Kong. Lauren Long spoke with the artist about the inspirations and processes behind these new works, as well as his longstanding investigation into temporalities and the invisible.