Dr Simon Grennan
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Fine Art, University of Chester
Telephone: 09178 780540
Postal Address: The Lodge, Pickhill Hall, Wrexham, LL13 0UG
Biography and Research Interests
Simon Grennan has been practicing internationally as an artist since 1990. As part of collaborative artists team Grennan & Sperandio, he is well known as a pioneer of interventionist, New Genre and post-relational practice, through publishing, television and social action projects. Grennan & Sperandio transform and present the narratives of friends’, relatives’ and strangers’ lives into objects, events and situations, de-mystify artistic processes and bringing a variety of publics into the world of art. Simon has also been Director of Viewpoint Photography Gallery, Salford and Director of Public Art Forum (now IXIA).
Research interests: visual narratology, participatory arts practice
2012 Demonstrating discours: two comic strip projects in self-constraint Studies in Comics 2.2
2012 From Here to the Imaginary and Back, NGBK Berlin/U-10, Berlin
2011 Unsichtbare Stadt, NGBK Berlin/U-10, Berlin
2010 Profound Colours, Lanternhouse, Ulverston
2010 Siege and Storm, Tyne and Wear Museums, Newcastle
2009 Wisdom of Barrhead and Neilston, Barrhead Housing, Glasgow
2009 Wisdom of Caia Park, Cai Park Communities First, Wrexham,
2009 Bloomfield Talks, Blackpool Borough Council, Blackpool
2009 Seige and Storm, Tyne and Wear Museum Service, Newcastle, England
2009 The Wisdom of Barrhead and Neilston, BHA, Glasgow, Scotland
2009 The Wisdom of Caia Park” Caia Park, CPCF, Wrexham, England
2008 South Oxhey Library Book, Gunpowder Park, England
2008 Giant Psychic Avatars of Salford, The Lorwy, Salford, England
2008 Becoming Modern, Oreil Davies, Newtown, Wales
2008 Kartoon Kings, West Virginia University Press, Morgantown, USA
2008 The Art Below / Without Art I’m Nothing, Audiences Wales, Cardiff
2007 Making It, Northampton Museums Service
2006 The Conversationalists, English Heritage, Berwick-upon-Tweed
2006 Back Then Right Now, AMH, Winchester
2005 Out of the Dark, English Heritage, Thetford
2005 Here is Wherever, Sussex Arts Marketing, Brighton
2004 Energy, Livesey Museum, London, England
2004 Strange Cargo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
2003 Comic Release, Zzdap Publishing, Pasadena
2003 One Place After Another, MIT Press, New York, US
2002 What in the World?, Arts About Manchester, Manchester, England
2002 Modern Masters, MoMA/PS1, New York, USA
2001 Glasgow 16/25, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
1999 The Invisible City, Public Art Fund, New York
1999 Art School Superstars, School of the Museum, Boston
1999 Buried Treasures. Photo98, England.
1998 The Peasant and the Devil. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle.
1998 Out of Here. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
1998 Ghost on the Stair. Art Transpennine 98, England.
1997 Revenge. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
1997 One Hundred. National Museum of Photography, Bradford.
1996 Dirt. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
1996 Cartoon Hits. London. Institute of Contemporary Arts.
1995 Times Like These… Manchester. Cornerhouse.
1995 Life in Prison. Fantagraphics.
1994 Recollections. San Francisco. Centre for the Arts.
1994 Six Eastbourne Dentists. Eastbourne. Towner Art Gallery .
1994 Everyone in Farnham. Farnham. James Hockey Gallery.
1994 Maintenance. New York. College of DuPage.
1993 Anyone in New York. New York. New York University.
1992 At Home with the Collection. New York. Bootstrap.
1990 The Body Chicago, Bootstrap.
Conference Papers and Talks
Grennan, S. (2011), ‘Demonstrating ‘discours’: two comic strip projects in self-constraint’, paper presented to the International Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, University of Alcala, Madrid, 10-12 November.
Grennan, S. (2011) ‘Demonstrating discours: two comic strip projects in self-constraint’, paper presented to Comica Conference ‘Transitions 2’, London, 05 November.
Grennan, S. (2010) ‘The story of the story: alterity, intentionality and subjectivity in comics theory and practice’, paper presented to Comics Forum, Leeds, 19 November.
Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Three experiments with drawing style: time and the displaced subject in comic strips’, paper presented to the International Association for Media and Communications Research Conference, Braga, 21 July .
Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Positioning style: genre and the displacement of the subject in contemporary English language comic strips’, paper presented to the Graphic Novels and Comics Conference, Manchester 13-14 April.
Grennan, S. (2010) ‘Reading Seth through appropriation theory’, paper presented to the College Art Association Annual Conference, Chicago, 13 February.