In her paintings, drawings, and works on paper, Michelle Grabner merges the aesthetic of the minimalist grid with that of the domestic and the handcrafted. Creating patterns inspired by household items as well as woven textiles such as gingham and denim. Grabner's work challenges the supposed opposition between abstraction and representation, and between craft and fine art.
Grabner's work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Green Gallery in Milwaukee, Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, Leo Koenig Projekte in New York, Minus Space in Brooklyn, PS in Amsterdam, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and Rocket Gallery in London, as well as in group exhibitions at venues such as the Tate St. Ives, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Kunsthalle Bern. With her husband, artist Brad Killam, Grabner runs The Suburban, an artist-run gallery in Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago, where they have exhibited the work of international artists, including Luc Tuymans, Rochelle Feinstein, Wade Guyton, and Gavin Turk.