Vincent Grenier is a native of Quebec City, Canada. Since the 1970s, he has made more than 50 films and videos—one of which, Tabula Rasa, screened in the Lincoln Center program “Best Avant Garde Films & Videos of the Decade,” while another, Watercolor (2013) received grand prizes in experimental cinema at the Black Maria and Athens Film Festivals. He received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2010, among many other grants and fellowships. He lives in Ithaca, New York, and teaches at nearby Binghamton University.
In a 2014 article in ARTFORUM about Grenier’s oeuvre, Tony Pipolo wrote of its “concomitant beauty and observational acuity…It’s clear that Grenier is as interested in what is unseen or barely seen as he is about what is directly before us....The strategy to incite discovery seems ingrained in his character.” Michael Sicinski, in Moving Image Source, likewise observed that Grenier’s work not only “provides pleasures both anticipated (the formal beauty and exacting eye of a great media artist) and unanticipated (the many contradictions, misprisions, and perceptual paradoxes the works induce)” but also “aims to ‘teach us how to see’…in ways a bit different than…mythopoets and structuralists alike.”
Vincent Grenier will be presented with the 2019 Stan Brakhage Vision Award at 7:00pm on Sunday, November 3, at the Sie FilmCenter. A reception follows in his honor.