Edward Granger’s work challenges how we see space. Through wandering, intensely saturated color compositions that redefine the dimensions of their environment, his installations create spacial moods through an uncanny attention to color and optics.  He searches for effects of luminance and chromaticity that forces viewers to reinterpret space; showing how figures of light alter the perception of one’s physical and emotional state.

Granger graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Louisiana in 2011. His early work was in retail displays (the first for Hermes) and increasingly abstract geometric designs that took on aspects of installation art and interiors. But architecture was always the bedrock. “In each project,” Granger says, “architectural spaces and ideas create a dynamic perspective language of their own.”

Currently on view under the A/D/O Periscope skylight in the atrium, Granger’s latest installation, “Tetromino,” presents banks of color block intensity. From various perspectives the heights and interactions of the blocks produce shifting effects that alter the experience. “I often like for each project – whether it’s an installation or a painting – to transcend into the next,” he says. “With this specific project, there were the challenges of how viewers interact with it. How light – natural or artificial – interacts with it, and the architecture of the space will ultimately inform the tertiary design.”

Granger draws inspiration from artists like Sol LeWitt and Bernard Friz, and certain elements of his work recall the permutations of Tauba Auerbach. His materials vary widely: from crayon, paper, yarn, paint, wood and metal – and their arrangement often involves recombinative forms: Granger mentions Rubik’s cube, and tile mosaics. “I like to create awkwardly beautiful fantasy worlds,” he continues. “I am challenging the idea of what it means for our immaterial lives as they’re played out in this timeless, spaceless digital dataplasm. Technology has made our lives feel so precise and exact. Our physical lives rarely are.”

“Tetromino” is on view through January under the Periscope at A/D/O.

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