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Eric Graham
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Media:Painting; Drawing;


ARTIST STATEMENT: My current body of work explores nostalgia for a forgotten time period through the use of photographs, blending personal and found items. These photographs act as a jumping off point to create a new narrative, a fictional history. I began incorporating old photos into my work when I was given my grandparents’ 35mm slides. The subject matter was unfamiliar, and yet they were also familiar to me. After working with these images for several months, I changed my approach to the material. Rather than making work that was directly personal, I began exploring the idea of why I was interested in the past, particularly the time before 1975, the year I was born. I purchased a few photographs from a local vintage store and became intrigued as to why the photos were taken. What led up to the moment the shutter opened? Little snapshots such as vacations, everyday life, or portraiture fascinated me. While near my home or on vacation, I continued exploring thrift stores and procuring found photography. While composition, color, and subject matter all played an important role in the selection process, the most important stipulation was that the pictures were not taken after 1975. The viewer of this work might question whether the image is related to the artist personally or if it is it based off of a memory. I do not intend it to be clear which is which. Different time periods interweave through the gathered images. In some ways I’m erasing and attempting to rewrite history. This process is used to explore acts of image-making and memory. I see my work as an investigation into Americana.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Eric Graham

www.eric-graham.com

wiltzie.eg@gmail.com


Education

2013 MFA, School of Visual Arts, NY, NY
1998 BFA, Drawing and Painting, University of North Texas, Denton


Solo Exhibitions

2006 Cutting the Barbed Wire, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Two Person Exhibitions

2009 Passing By, Under Minerva, Brooklyn, NY


Group Exhibitions

2016

Hello, Seekers, Black Ball Projects, NY, NY

2014

Group Velocity - Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2013

We Object - MFA Thesis Show, Visual Arts Gallery, NY, NY

2012

Something Here from Somewhere Else, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Working Space, Westside Gallery, SVA, NY, NY

Pulse, The Invisible Dog, Brooklyn, NY

2011

Tomorrow Stars: The Art Brooklyn Artists Open Call Exhibition, Verge Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY

2010

Moonlighting, Hosfelt Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Two Degrees of Separation, Gallery Satori, New York, NY

Lumenhouse Benefit Auction, Lumenhouse, Brooklyn, NY

2008

Flight of the Mechanical Bumble Bee, WCO Center, NY, NY

The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY

2007

20 x 200 Print Exhibition, 20x200.com, New York, NY

The Painting Show, SQFT Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006

Artist in the Marketplace: Twenty Sixth Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum of Art, New
York, NY

2005

Re:Place, The Annex, New York, NY

2003

Night of a Thousand Drawings, Artist Space, New York, NY

2001

Smoke Lines on Mirror, Good/Bad Art Collective, Brooklyn, NY

Homebound – Good/Bad Art Collective 8th Anniversary Celebration, Good/Bad Art
Collective Denton, TX

2000

Juan Leche, Good/Bad Art Collective, Brooklyn, NY

1999

Get Down Syndrome, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX

P.P.S.A., University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Joey on I.C.U., ABC No Rio, New York, NY

1998

True Stories, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX

120X(Marks the Spot)”, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX

The Usual Suspects”, NRH Gallery, North Richland Hills, TX

Good/Bad Burns”, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX

Just a Minute, Wait a Minute”, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX

Welcome to Important Town”, Conduit Gallery Annex, Dallas, TX

Dear Good/Bad, Artificial Reality”, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX

1997

Wee Coma, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX


Juried Exhibitions

2005

Cambridge Art Association National Prize Show, Kathryn Schultz Gallery, University
Place Gallery, Cambridge, MA Juror: Joseph Thompson, Director, MassMoCA.

1998

Annual Voertman Student Competition, University of North Texas Art
Gallery, Denton, TX Juror: Sue Graze, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum of Dade
County; Charles Wylie, Lupe Murchison, Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of
Art

1997

Annual Voertman Student Comptetion,” University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton,
TX


Bibliography

2005

New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition-in-Print, Number 56, The Tenth Open
Studios Northeastern Competition a catalog of the winners’ work

1998

"Below Radar", FW Weekly, December 17

“Good/Bad Art Scavenger...,” Dallas Morning News, December 11

“We Sorry”, Artlies, September 5

“Honeymoon Suite”, Dallas Observer, March 11

“A Good/Bad Evening”, Fort Worth Star Telegram, March 8


Awards, Fellowships, & Residencies

 2005

Cooper Union Summer Artist Residency Program, New York, NY


Professional Activities

Intern, White Box, New York, NY 2004

Member, Good/Bad Art Collective, Denton, TX/Brooklyn, NY 1997-2001

 








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