Everything is possible; not everything can be explained. These are the three key tenants of the French artist Laurent Grasso. Grasso studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris, Cooper Union School, New York, and Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design in London. He has had residencies at the Villa Medicis, Rome and ISCP, New York.
Grasso's work encompasses video, sculpture, paintings, drawings and installations in the public space. His projects are inspired by a deep interest in science and what we can and cannot know or perceive. He is fascinated by light, sound, energy, radio waves, as well as with the realm of the paranormal. These concerns come together in works that unsettle the viewer's certainties, such as Tout est Possible (Anything is Possible)(2002), where we hear the thoughts of a man walking the streets, haunted by ghosts and extraterrestrials. Moreover, in Untitled, a video made for the 2009 Sharjah Biennial, Grasso explored issues of surveillance and control using footage taken from a camera attached to a falcon in flight. In 2009-2011 he created a temporary glass restaurant, Nomiya, on the roof of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
Grasso's work has received critical attention. He was awarded the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2008. In the same year, he made his US public art debut with Infinite Light, which was installed in New York. In 2009 his work was included in the 9th Sharjah Biennial (United Arab Emirates) and exhibited at the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.