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Public Building Commission
Current Artist

County-City First Floor Exhibition Gallery
555 South 10th Street, Lincoln, NE
Gallery Hours - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

Artist Statement
by DE Grabenstein

Derrill E. Grabenstein (°1968, Lincoln, Nebraska), produces photographic images and mixed media artworks. By applying a certain level of abstraction, DE Grabenstein tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered or faceted way, and enjoys involving the viewer in a way that is sometimes emotional and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.

Even though the images he creates reference recognizable form, they can be somewhat deconstructed to the extent that their meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By exploring the concept of image, he investigates it's dynamics, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of observer based on our assumptions of what certain images means to us. Rather than presenting a factual reality, a pseudo-illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination.

DE Grabenstein's works directly respond to the surrounding environment, by using everyday experiences from the standard photograph as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context or form. By emphasizing aesthetics and uncommon point-of-views, he invites the viewer into a world of ongoing imagination and the interval that articulates the stream of daily experiences and memories. These instances are depicted through his images, with the goal to establish a link between the photograph's reality and what is imagined by its observer.

To contact DE Grabenstein to inquire about purchasing one of these works, please feel free to call @ 402.730.0314, email at or visit our website at



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