transmit and dissipate
May 3 - June 2, 2012
Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, May 3, 2012
In her latest series, Jen Erickson has created an intimate body of work that explores themes of loss, decomposition and the interconnection between technology and the subconscious. She is interested in the process of things breaking down into their most basic elements. Pulling from a personal language of symbols representing the threat of decay, she painstakingly places repetitive marks onto a painted surface. More than physical decay, Jen is concerned with the breakdown of time and memories and the sense of loss that this creates. The circular marks, or 'zeros', act as empty remnants of understanding, tiny capsules of memories and knowledge that have been lost. For Jen, the process of applying graphite becomes a meditative act. As the drawing progresses the zeros transcend their original purpose of serving as relics for the obsolete and take on a life of their own. Ultimately, these marks engage in a constant continuum of growth and decomposition; they coalesce and they disperse, sometimes embodying new forms and other times threatening to slip away into oblivion.
Jen Erickson is a contemporary artist who currently lives and works in North Idaho. She received her BFA from The University of Montana and her MFA from Central Washington University. She has been actively involved in artist-run spaces such as the PUNCH Gallery in Seattle and is currently on the board of directors for the Saranac Art Projects in Spokane, Washington. She was recently the juror for "Atari Aesthetic" for the Brink Gallery in Missoula, MT.
Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat, or by appointment.
Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer
Transmit and Dissipate (detail)
graphite and oil on panel, 2012
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