Farmer Bob and his Colourful Crazy Beard present Drained and Boned: A Happy Goodtime Glance into the Dark Nighttime of the American Soul: a psychedelic lightshow
By Karl Erickson, Steve Anderson and Robby Herbst at Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles May 22, 2008
Music by Faraway Places.
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Architecture and Morality: Andrew Falkowski and Karl Erickson at the Suburban
“Architecture and Morality” features an installation of decollaged pattern paintings on paper, as well as two paper helmets and ‘armor’ more indebted to Hugo Ball than a medieval battlefield. More here.
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In the adjoining gallery Falkowski and Erickson present their earliest collaboration. Drawn in 1997 to occupy time while working at the MCA Chicago’s ticket counter, “Cube and Diamond” consists of a series of ridiculous cartoons loosely based around two geometric shapes. Rife with absurd takes on popular culture and critical theory, these cartoons laid the groundwork for the bleak yet ambitious gallow’s humor that has typified Falkowski and Erickson’s collaborative work.
Karl Erickson’s primary media are video, posters, collage and latch-hook rugs and pillows. Recently he has been an artist in residence at The Arctic Circle and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island. Upcoming shows include at Hyde Park Art Center in “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation.” His videos will be shown as part of screenings at Creon Gallery in New York and Parsons Hall Project Space in Holyoke, MA. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
Andrew Falkowski is a painter currently living in Chicago, IL. He recently had his fourth solo show at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Upcoming shows include “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation,” at the Hyde Park Art Center, in Chicago, IL, and a two person show with Scott Reeder at Circuit 12 gallery in Dallas, TX.
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We Could Be Transcendent Apes
Through the cypher of the sci-fi B-movie “Robot Monster,” We Could be Transcendent Apes is an exploration of the drive to evolve one’s own and one’s species current state of being. Taking the titular “Robot Monster” and rave culture as starting points, Transcendent Apes follows the monster’s quest to reach outside of its destructive programming, and through (mostly unrealized) utopian ideals of rave party culture. The project features videos of the creature passing through phases of enlightenment and a series of drawings. The drawings use appropriated imagery from party and club flyers, with the text replaced with language cut-up from motivational, self-help, revolutionary and utopian literature.
Music by Gold Paint
Video by Karl Erickson
Featuring Robby Herbst
I am awed to have been invited to be part of The Arctic Circle Expedition during the 2013 Summer Solstice. I have the opportunity to join a select group of artists, writers and scientists aboard a 150-foot tall ship sailing in the Arctic Ocean. The group will explore the Svalbard archipelago, just ten degrees from the North Pole, for over two weeks this summer.