Grasso’s most recent body of work includes large-scale charcoal drawings and oil paintings. Often involving things such as aircrafts or missiles crashing upon impact or into archetypal houses, the work explores how tragic spectacles relate to modern-day sensory overload.
The paintings and drawings in the show depict natural disasters and man-made destruction. From afar, the disaster scenes in the charcoal drawings seem all too real, a quality that gives the work a certain current-events feel. While the work might reference world events from the past few years, none of the drawings or the paintings include imagery from any of them in particular.
One cannot tell whether the work is based on true events, imagination, or both. Some disaster scenes seem physically impossible if not absurd, especially in the oil paintings, which at times are reminiscent of action movie stills or video games. This mix of references – to tragic memories on one hand and to fantasy on the other – evokes a notion of the inconceivably real.