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Erik Bergrin
brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: I start with searching inside myself things that I would like to further explore. This is I use my practice as a form of investigating truths within myself, and therefore mirroring truths within other people. often in an abstract form that has to be materialized into a concrete idea. It could be a darkness within myself, the psychological idea behind why something was done, or a breakdown into whats happening in the mind during a certain time. In order to create anything, an enormous amount of mental energy has to be put into it. Investigation of the idea, how to make it come across, all the while questioning if your being sensitive enough to the materials. By putting this mental energy into something, the idea is worked and developed until an answer remains. By using these sensitivities, the goal is to create the most genuine and real sculptures that are possible. Once the viewer sees them, it can strike something inside, causing a change within themselves. Coming from a background in costume design and building, I use the materials and processes used in clothing construction to investigate the body sculpturally. Rather than divorcing the materials from their connection to the body in terms of clothing, I am inspired by the shapes that the body can provide as a base for the construction of objects. My work relates to the possibility of housing a person without giving that particular individual an identity. These works are formed as if surrounding a body, rather than mimicking or delineating the figure. My works acts as sculptural vessel for a potential body, rather than having the function of a wearable piece. I use materials as cultural symbols. Using fiber in its relation to tradition, and techniques such as weaving, coiling, sewing, and embroidery I am very interesting in the study of indigenous cultures and how they relate to my own The work is based in personal myth. I am inspired by narratives and experiences pertaining to human psychology, and the investigation of the mind. I make it very apparent that the hand is being used to make the pieces, showing the intimate process involved. I try and make my work as real, genuine, and with as little ego as possible in order to add some tenderness to the viewer. I see a lack of being in touch with yourself in contemporary American culture. This is the culture I was born into and live in and what I do is a reflection of this. The work is derived from the power and wish to give what I see the need for.

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Erik Bergrin
2006 BA in psychology minor in theater arts from Pace University 2007 AA in clothing construction from FIT
2018- Marlborough Contemporary NY, NY solo show Shadowwork/Juanita May 3-June 16 2018- HERE Arts Center NY, NY solo show Shadowwork/Juanita November 5- December 23 2018- Passionfruit group show at Temporary Storage Brooklyn, NY April 6- May 4
2017- Modern Panic Group Show London, England 2017- Quartier A Gallery Aalst, Belgium
2017- Envoy Enterprise Ny, NY
2017- Masako Somogye Art Salon Brooklyn, NY 2017- King Kong Magazine spread
2017- Printed Matter exhibition NY, NY 2016- National Sawdust NY, NY
2016- Bushwick Open Studios
2015- Bushwick Open Studios
2013- Art Engaging Gangs, AC Institute, NY, NY 2012- Animamus Art Salon studio show NY, NY 2011- AA art salon performance, NY, NY
2011- AA Art salon performance, NY, NY
2011- PLACE gallery Brooklyn, NY
2011- NIAGRA gallery NY, NY
2011- The Public Theater Fiber show NY, NY
Americas Next Top Model Dazed and Confused Magazine Dazed and Confused Korea O'Ology Magazine
Base Magazine
Zink Magazine
ODDA magazine
Culture Magazine
Homme Style
STAR magazines worst dressed list Time out NY
NY Times
Dahse magazine
Modocycle Magazine
"Violent Tendencies" movie
Boys by Girls book Glamcult magazine S magazine
Dust magazine
Zoo magazine
Dash magazine
Beautiful Decay magazine Whokilledbambi magazine
Papercut magazine Veux magazine
Oakazine magazine Metro POP magazine
Ultimate magazine Schon Magazine
WAD magazine Ponytail magazine Bullett Magazine
2018- Costume Designs for “The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig and John Cameron Mitchell” tour of Australia
2012- Costumes for “Goodbar” at the Public Theater
2011- Pants for Sasha Gradiva
2011- Sandman costume for Help! Remedies 2011- Hats for PERFORMA party
2010- Headpieces and masks for Lady Gaga

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