Skip to main content

Most of the materials for the work have been scavenged from the streets surrounding the studio and transformed into intriguing objects that simultaneously feel industrially fabricated and organic. As Marian McLellan has written of his work, "texture becomes the focal point of intrigue, but there is evidence of Grote being something of an environmentalist because of his recycling discarded materials into even more bioresistant substances." Yet Grote's work avoids simple categorizations.

"I … might place Grote squarely in the post-Minimalist posture - the crucial movement that fully embraced organicism. But [the] large pieces … refute that.

In fact his art was never fully and comfortably organic; it toyed with the notion of organicism. What really mattered, arguably, was pure abstract form explored for itself and paradoxically, for its readiness to be manipulated into something as visually seductive as actual organic form. Grote's key was illusion. An odd kind of illusion that championed the plastic and yet made it seem more than synthetic." Terrington Calas, New Orleans Art Review.

Grote studied at Washington University before becoming chair of the Visual Arts Department at Loyola University, New Orleans, where he currently lives and works. In 92-3 he held a Fulbright Award which allowed him to make work in the UK, whilst teaching at the University of Plymouth. He has exhibited widely all over the US and in Europe including France, Romania, Switzerland and the UK. He is currently represented by the Sylvia Schmidt Gallery in New Orleans (amongst others) with whom he has exhibited regularly since 1990.