In his latest works, Grau uses everyday moments photographed with a smartphone and executes the selected photos as paintings. His goal is to analyse the relationship between photographic art and painting in the digital age, which is characterized by the madness (or abundance) of spontaneous photos shared on social media. Grau reflects on the present-day “photo” as an ephemeral triumph. Every day, the world produces millions of photos of what we eat, what we wear, and these photos have lost their deeper meaning or moral. And most photo clicks never materialize physically.
The Dilemma series is comprised of large-scale paintings, photos and conceptual installations. In the installations called Forgotten Memories and White Noise, he used the photos that had been discarded from museum photo collections, and found their demise through a paper shredder. Thus, he alludes to photography as a carrier of memories, which in certain situations can be an ephemeral and temporary phenomenon, but to which art can give a new and long life as well as multi-layered meaning.