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Erik Parra
updated: 06/04/2012
website: www.erikparra.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Western Vista Nocturne (City on the Horizon)
Convergence
Red Stairway after Ben
Observation Deck
Observation Deck 3
Observation Deck 6
Observation Deck 8
A Boom in Desert Modernism #1
A Boom in Desert Modernism #2
A Boom in Desert Modernism #4
A Boom in Desert Modernism #3
A Boom in Desert Modernism #5
radome (sunset)
radome w/stars
Monolith 1
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, narrative, social criticism, conceptual, humor, landscape, figurative, historical, political, systems
 
 
Western Vista Nocturne (City on the Horizon) by Erik Parra
Western Vista Nocturne (City on the Horizon)
graphite, ink, marker and watercolor on paper
2010
15 " x  11 " 
Convergence by Erik Parra
Convergence
Ink, Graphite and Watercolor on Paper
2009
15" x  22" 
Red Stairway after Ben by Erik Parra
Red Stairway after Ben
Graphite, Marker and Ink on Paper
2009
11 " x  17 " 
Observation Deck by Erik Parra
Observation Deck
graphite, ink and marker on paper
2010
15" x  11" 
Observation Deck 3 by Erik Parra
Observation Deck 3
graphite, ink and marker on paper
2011
15" x  11" 
Observation Deck 6 by Erik Parra
Observation Deck 6
graphite, ink and marker on paper
2011
300 06 " x  22 " 
Observation Deck 8 by Erik Parra
Observation Deck 8
Graphite, Ink, and Marker on paper
2011
11" x  15" 
A Boom in Desert Modernism #1 by Erik Parra
A Boom in Desert Modernism #1
Graphite, Colored Pencil, Ink, and on Paper
2012
22" x  30" 
A Boom in Desert Modernism #2 by Erik Parra
A Boom in Desert Modernism #2
Graphite, Colored Pencil, Ink, Marker and Watercolor on Paper
2012
15" x  11" 
A Boom in Desert Modernism #4 by Erik Parra
A Boom in Desert Modernism #4
Graphite, Colored Pencil, Ink, Marker and Watercolor on Paper
2012
11" x  15" 
A Boom in Desert Modernism #3 by Erik Parra
A Boom in Desert Modernism #3
Graphite, Colored Pencil, Ink, Marker and Watercolor on Paper
2012
11" x  15" 
A Boom in Desert Modernism #5 by Erik Parra
A Boom in Desert Modernism #5
Graphite, Colored Pencil, Ink, Marker and Watercolor on Paper
2012
15" x  11" 
radome (sunset) by Erik Parra
radome (sunset)
graphite, ink, marker and watercolor on paper
2012
11" x  15" 
radome w/stars by Erik Parra
radome w/stars
graphite, ink, marker and watercolor on paper
2012
11" x  7.5" 
Monolith 1 by Erik Parra
Monolith 1
graphite, ink, marker and watercolor on paper
2012
15" x  11" 

Artist Statement

Scouring local resale shops, thrift stores and the like, I mine vintage, popular books and magazines collecting pictures that depict the development of modern America.  I cross reference images pulled from the internet, to work these found pictures into collage, drawings, paintings and sculptural objects. I am particularly interested in sourcing images fertile with possibilities for subtle narrative or contextual contradiction in order to question notions of American authenticity.  I create familiar feeling images of spaces in which scientists, beauty queens and professional athletes can engage in productive democratic experiments.

 

Viewing contemporary social concerns through the lens of history I take liberties with American cultural narratives as a departure point for larger conversations in which tropes associated with physical mobility operate as metaphors for social mobility. Working contrasts such as meticulous and random material applications, black and white with color; allows me to cultivate visually engaging experiences that draw on the tension between control and chaos while capitalizing on the energy created when they collide. Relationships of color, speed, time and weight, in addition to a host of other variables (some controllable and some contingent), all affect success, progress and ultimately our lives.

Artist Bio / CV

 

Education

Master of Fine Arts            2004 Studio Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bachelor of Fine Arts            1999 Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin.

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2012 Forthcoming- Truesilver Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            Cardinal Shift- Satellite 66, curated by Maltese Embassy, San

            Francisco, CA .

            Roam Home- (Window Installation) WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

2011            Expectator- WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

2010            Between Currencies- Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA.

Group

2012  Myths of Progress, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. Curated by Lauren Davies.

2011 Juried Annual 2012- PROARTS, Oakland, CA. Juried by Hamza Walker.

            Paint By Numbers- WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

            Wild Country- Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

            The Letter Collector- Gallery Hijinks, San Francisco, CA.

2010            Small Works, Important Presence- WE Artspace, Oakland, CA.

            Taste 2010:Garden of Earthly Delights- Root Division, San Francisco, CA.

            Inaugural Flat File Exhibition- Golden Parachutes, Berlin, DE.

2009            Salon09- Matt Roberts Arts, London, UK.

            Formations- Blankspace Gallery, Oakland, CA.

            Front + Center – Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA. Curated by

                          Kimberly Johansson.

2007            Grounded- Southern Exposure San Francisco, CA. Curated by Kristan Kennedey.

2005            Point-to-Multipoint- Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro,NC.

            Corporate Bodies- Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY.

            NOVA: Young Art Fair- Chicago, Ill.

Awards & Honors

Creative Capital Professional Development Program, Nominated by Southern Exposure 2010.

Bibliography

Sam Stander, Pick of the Week, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, vol.44, no. 43, July

            28- August 3, 2010.

Emmanuel Hapsis and Kristin Farr, Studio Invasion, KQED Arts, September 04, 2010,

            http://www.kqed.org/arts/visualarts/article.jsp?essid=33244

MomentaArt 2004/2005 Catalogue, MomnetaArt Brooklyn, NY, 2005.

Registries & Flat File Programs

BayVAN, San Francisco, CA. http://www.bayvan.org/services.php

The Drawing Center, New York, NY. http://www.drawingcenter.org/viewingprogram/

Fouladi Projects, San Francisco, CA. http://www.fouladiprojects.com/