Thomas Grogan (b.1991, UK) is a Franco-British artist and design researcher based in London. Thomas Grogan's work blends 'mass-produced' and 'self-made' artefacts as an attempt to redefine 'standards'. Referring to existing obscure practices, Thomas' focus is on the therapeutic values embedded within industrial 'products' and the processes of taking ownership over these 'products'. The extrapolation of pragmatic observations is core to his practice, creating artworks in which the absurd can become ephemeral.
The visual language in Thomas's work is strongly influenced by corporate branding, manufacturing and product hacking. From three dimensional pieces to digital experimentations, he often blurs the boundaries between physical and virtual realms by distorting the ways in which they usually cohabit. Thomas's recent work is heavily research driven, exploring the mystification of technologies as outcomes of societal paradoxes.
Recent exhibitions include Frankenstein Exhibition at Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven (NL) (2018); The New Normal Showcase at Stelka Institute, Moscow (RU) (2018); Dreamworks at Limbo Gallery, Margate (UK) (2018); Swiss Design Preiz, Langenthal (CH) (2017); BBC Poetry Festival, Hull (2017); Adaptation at Agora Rollberg, Berlin (DE) (2017); VESA at ArtEZ, Arnhem (NL) (2017); Biennale Internationale du Design at Cité du design, Saint-Étienne (FR) (2017). Residencies taken at FACT, The Future of Work, Liverpool (UK) (2018); Strelka, The New Normal, Moscow (RU) (2018); ArtEZ Residency Programme, Arnhem (NL) (2017). Awards include Rado Prize, Swiss Design Prize, (CH) (2017 nominee); Adaptation Award, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, (IT) (2017); Prix Réflexion, Laurent & Charras, (FR) (2017).