Bio & CV

 Bio

Erickson is a visual artist focusing on the moving image with video and animated gifs. His subject matter includes science fiction, environmental issues, motivational language and temporal/spatial dislocations. His recent video project, We Could Be Transcendental Apes, is a re-imagining of sci-fi B-movies as quests for enlightenment. A version of the multi-part work was shown at Field Projects Gallery in New York City, where Erickson was the 2015 Resident Artist. Recent exhibitions include Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions” at Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture, “Andrew Falkowski and and Karl Erickson: Architecture and Morality” at the Suburban, Oak Park, IL, and “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation” at the Hyde Park Art Center, curated by Michelle Grabner.

He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. He is an assistant professor of art at Ball State University.

 

CV

Solo Exhibitions

2016 We Could Be Transcendent Apes, Field Projects, New York, NY

2014 Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions,

The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Be Almost Miraculous, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA

2005 My Other Car is a Unicorn, Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Karl Erickson, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

 

Collaborative Projects

2013 Architecture and Morality, (with Andrew Falkowski), The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2012 1st One Way, Then Another (with Andrew Falkowski), Box 13, Houston, TX

2009 Give the Past the Slip (with Andrew Falkowski), The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2008 Age of Empire (with Andrew Falkowski), Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

(catalog)

2007 The Art of War (with Andrew Falkowski), High Energy Constructs, Los Angeles, CA

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Betwixt & Between, Muncie Makes Lab, Muncie, IN (curated by Erin Williams)

2017 look to the future-past, isthisit?, www.isthisitisthisit.com, (curated by Marilyn Roxie)

2017 Monkey Thunder 7, Gordy’s Fine Art, Muncie, IN

2016 Art Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2016, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

2016 Monkey Thunder 6, Gordy’s Fine Art, Muncie, IN

2016 Giant Steps, King Street Station, Seattle, WA

2015 VIEWS, New York Media Center by IFP, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Group 6.0: Everything & Nothing-Part 1, Spazio 522, New York, NY

2013 A Study in Midwest Appropriation, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

(curated by Michelle Grabner)(catalog)

2011 To Tell The Truth, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Through the Warp, Regina Rex, Queens, NY (curated by

2011 Signify, Sanctify, Believe, The Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

2010 , Studio Theater Gallery Middlesex County College, Middlesex, NJ

2010 Arbitrariness of Signs, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY

(curated by Sara Reisman)(catalog)

2010 Welcome to the Neighborhood, William H Cooper Manufacturing, Chicago, IL

2009 Schools Out, Marmion Academy, Aurora, IL

2008 This Shadow is a Bit of Ideology, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL

(curated by Anthony Elms)

2007 Big Secret Cache, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Picnic Apparitions, Park Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Paper Bombs, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Interstellar Low Ways, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

(curated by Anthony Elms)(catalog)

2006 Street Signs and Solar Ovens, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

(curated by Mark and Robby Herbst)(catalog)

2006 Louis Morris, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

(curated by Stuart Horodner)

2006 Fair Exchange: Los Angeles Artists Engage the L.A. County Fair,

Millard Sheets Gallery, Pomona, CA (curated by Irene Tsatsos)(catalog)

2005 Fine Words, Butter, No Cabbage, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

(curated by Anthony Elms)

2004 A More Perfect Union, The Suburban Oak Park, IL

2004 A More Perfect Union, Max Fish, New York, NY

2004 Rebel, Rebel, New Chinatown Barbershop, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizehn, Munich, Germany

2003 Free Air, Crazy Space, Santa Monica, CA

2003 Drive Into the Sunset, Western Front, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

2002 Heaven Knows I Am Miserable Now, Low, Los Angeles, CA

2002 Messy Fingers, Track 16, Santa Monica, CA

2001 Love, Freezing Cold, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED  SCREENINGS

2016 Trouble Found Me, Blacklight Film and Video at Sediment Arts, Richmond, VA, Oct. 16

2016 Video Thunder, Muncie, IN, October 6, 2016

2016 Volta NY, presented by Field Projects, New York,NY, March 2-6

2016 Spaceness, Seaview, WA, February 19-21

2016 danubeVIDEOARTfestival, Grein, Austria, February 19-21

2015 Form and Substance, Intercontinental Hotel in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach,  December 2 – 5

2015 Trips, New York Media Center by IFP, Brooklyn, NY, September 3

2014 Monotonic Surfaces: Live Video and Sound, ApexArt, NY, June 26

2014 Out to See, organized by Elisabeth Smolarz, South Street Seaport, NY, March 2

2013 The Uncanny Pioneer Valley, Parsons Hall Project Space, Holyoke, MA, Nov. 25

2013 Video By Night, CREON Gallery, New York, NY, October 2

2013 Energy Strategies, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, May 6

2012 Artist Film Club (Scenes a Faire),Nitehawk Cinema, October 18

2004 Backyard Invitational, Lazy J, Los Angeles, CA

2000 Video Parking Lot, Vedanta Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

PERFORMANCES

2017 Motherless Mind-Children, Come Together: Bring Your Own Beamer, Muncie Makes Lab, Muncie, IN, November 18

2017 (Not My) Alien (Nation), David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie IN, March 24

2014 Meditation Rave Drone, Group 6.0: Everything & Nothing-Part 1, Spazio 522, New York, May 10

2014 Cross Species Courting Rave Drone, with Eric Lindley, Winter Shack, Brooklyn, NY, March 1

2014 Meditation Change Drone, Meat Cleavers and Screen Savers for the New Age, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY Feb. 10,

2010 A Van Down By The River: A Motivational Talk, Coral Street Arts House, Philadelphia, PA, July 1

2008 Fat Farmer Bob and his Colourful Crazy Beard present Baby Boomers Fucked Everything: A Psychedelic Light Show, with Steve Anderson and Robby Herbst, music by The Faraway Places, Southern Exposure, San Francisco July 4

2008 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, with Steve Anderson and Robby Herbst, Outpost for Contemporary Art, May 22

2008 Dude Dogg at Mandrake (bass player for art-rock band), August 23

2008 Dude Dogg at Pehrspace (bass player for art-rock band), April 25

2007 Motivational Talk as part of Art Spa, Sea and Space Explorations, Nov. 25

2007 The Military Industrial Complex is Sucking the Living Blood of This Nation: A Psychedelic Lightshow, with Robby Herbst, Machine Project, Los Angles, July 4

2006 Fourth of Doom: A Psychedelic Lightshow, with Robby Herbst, Machine Project, Los Angeles, July 4

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Esther Ruiz, “Karl Erickson In Conversation With Esther Ruiz” Ac?d Rain, January 2016 http://acidrainproduction.com/karl-erickson-in-conversation-with-esther-ruiz/

Jan Tumlir, The Magic Circle: On The Beatles, Pop Art, Art-Rock and Records, illustrations, Onomatopee, 2015

Ramona Barry and Rebecca Jobson, The Craft Companion: The A-Z Guide to Modern CraftingThames & Hudson Australia, 2015. 291

Holyoke Transfer, artist project, Lake Hitchcock, Center for the Book Arts, 2015

Claire Lieberman, “Brooklyn Queens Expedition to the Arctic,” Art Experience: New York CitySummer 2014. 82

Michelle Grabner, A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, Hyde Park Art Center, 2014

“We Could Be Transcendent Apes,” artist project, The Uncanny Pioneer Valley, Lake Hitchcock Center for the Book Arts, 2013

Cube and Diamond, limited edition zine for exhibition at The Suburban IL, 2013

Lee Chian-Ling, “The Arctic Circle,” Harper’s Bazaar Taiwan, October 2013

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killiam, Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? Original Jokes About

The Suburban and The Poor Farm By The Artists Who Have Exhibited There, artist project, Poor Farm Press, 2012

1 Way, then Another, limited edition zine for exhibition at Box 13, TX, 2012

Graham Hiemstra, “Through the Warp,” Cool Hunting, June 8, 2011, (review) http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/through-the-war

Traveling the Spaceways: Sun-Ra, The Astro Black and Other Solar Myths, artist project, Whitewalls, 2011

Forrest Nash and Michael Newman, Can I Come Over to Your House? The First Ten Years of the Suburban, 2009

Claudine Isé, “Andrew Falkowski & Karl Erickson/The Suburban” New City, Feb 23, 2009 (review)

Kathryn Born, “This Shadow is a Bit of Ideology,” Time Out Chicago, Issue 201, 2009 (review)

Paul Rand, “Karl Erickson & Andrew Falkowski: Age of Empires,” THE Magazine, Dec 2008

Laura Fried, Age of Empires, exhibition catalog, Kristi Engle Gallery, 2008

Micol Hebron, “Critic’s Pick: Karl Erickson and Andrew Falkowski” ArtForum.com, Oct, 2007 (review) http://artforum.com/print.php?id=18726&pn=picks

“Hotel California: Small Spaces 07”, Ready Made, photograph of artwork, August, 2007.

Doug Harvey, “StreetSignism” LA Weekly, November 17-19, 2006

Jan Tumlir, “The Magic Circle,” illustrations, X-tra, Volume 7, Number 4 2005

Michelle Grabner and Brad Killiam, The Suburban: The First 10 Years, 2004

Jan Tumlir“Spinning One’s Wheels in L.A.,” Flash Art International, October 2003

Trepan Magazine 3, artist project, Los Angeles, CA Summer 2001

“In Frame,” artist project, White Walls Magazine, Issue 42, Winter 2000

 

PUBLISHED WRITINGS

“Grateful Dead and Repetition Dark Star as the Negation of Time,” If The Head Fits, Wear It, edited by Elizabeth Cline, Mark A. Rodriguez and Matt Siegle, Honor Simone, 2017. 98

Interview with Joell Baxter and Stella Ebner on the occasion of their exhibition CUT LIGHT/OPEN LATE at Field Projects”, Field Projects, June, 2015 http://www.fieldprojectsgallery.com/interviews/

“The Permission of Mike Kelley,” Notes On Looking, July, 2014, http://notesonlooking.com/2014/07/the-permissionof-mike-kelley-by-karl-erickson/

“Alone Again,” Submerged! catalog essay, Leo Kuelbs Collection, 2014

“States of Dress and Undress in the Arctic,” Lake Hitchcock Center for the Book Arts Magazine 1: The Uncanny Pioneer Valley, 2013

“Interview with Michelle Vaughan “100 Tweets”, Dumbo Arts Center, January 13, 2012

http://dumboartscenter.blogspot.com/2012/01/michelle-vaughan-interview-100-tweets.html

“Guest Post: Art and the Economy with DAC,” Dumbo.is,  November 9, 2011

http://dumbo.is/culture/posts/guest-post-art-and-the-economy-with-dac

“Interview with James Leonard,” Dumbo Arts Center, October 17, 2011 http://dumboartscenter.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-artist-james-leonard.html

“Interview with Adam Overton of the experimental mediation center,” Dumbo Arts Center, November 13, 2011,

http://dumboartscenter.blogspot.com/2011/11/interview-with-adam-overton-of.html

“Interview with Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas on the Occasion of their Exhibition at DAC,” October 27, 2011

http://dumboartscenter.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-aeron-bergman-and.html

“Sun Ra-Founding Father of Psychic Secession,” Traveling the Spaceways: Sun-Ra, The Astro Black and Other Solar Myths, Whitewalls, 2011

“Flat Screen America: Jeremy Blake’s Sodium Fox,” X-tra, Volume 9, Issue 3 2007

“A Little Help Here,” X-tra, Volume 6, Issue 4 2004

“Review of the Book Sture Johannesson by Lars Bang Larsen,” Cakewalk, Spring 2004

“Public Offerings,” In These Times, Summer 2001

“4 Questions About Politics and the Arts,” Cakewalk, Fall 2000

“Chicago Five,” Artnet.com, Summer 2000

Catalogue Essay, Hot Sauce traveling art exhibition, organized by Law Office, Fall 2000

“I’m Not Afraid to Say ‘I Love You,’” (with A. Falkowski) New Art Examiner, Dec 1999

“A Manifesto for Reconstruction”(with A. Falkowski), New Art Examiner, Summer 1999

“Review of Frances Stark’s The Architect and the Housewife,” Cakewalk, Summer 1999

Catalogue Essay, Wacky Painting Show at the Detroit Artists Market, 1998

 

CONFERENCES/LECTURES/CRITIQUES

Conferences

2018 “Using Leigh Bowery to Unlock 2D Design,” Let’s Dance, But Don’t Call Me Baby: Dialogue, Empathy and Inclusion in the Classroom and Beyond,  panelist, College Art Association, Los Angeles, CA

2013 “Film and Video as a Social Art: Contemporary Moving Images and Social

Practice,” panelist, College Art Association, New York, NY

2009 “Comics and the Language of Visual Symbolism,” moderator, New York Comic

Con, New York, NY

Visiting Artist Lectures and Critiques

2015 Panelist, “onVIEWS” artist and curator talk New York Media Center by IFP

2013 Graduate Critiques, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2013 Undergraduate Critiques, School of Visual Art, New York, NY

2012 Graduate Critiques, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2011 Graduate Critiques, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2008 Lecture, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2008 Lecture, California Design College, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Lecture, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Lecture, California Design College, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Lecture, California Design College, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Lecture, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

2005 Lecture, University of California, Irvine, CA

2005 Lecture, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA

2003 Lecture, Nomads in Residence, Los Angeles, CA

 

RESIDENCIES/AWARDS

2017 Ball State University Aspire Faculty Ad-Hoc Funding Award

2017 Ball State University, Creative Teaching Grant

2017 Ball State University, Summer Assessment Grant

2017 Signal Culture, Artist In Residence

2017 Ball State University College of Fine Arts Immersive Learning Mini-Grant: Arduino Workshop

2015 Signal Culture, Artist In Residence

2015 Field Projects, Resident Artist

2013 The Arctic Circle Expedition

2013 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Resident

2010 Philadelphia Art Hotel Resident

2000 Print Magazine Regional Design Award, for Cakewalk Magazine

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Foundations Committee, Ball State University, 2016-18

Contract Faculty Committee, Ball State University, 2017-18

Gallery Committee, Ball State University, 2016-17

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2014 Panelist, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, Brooklyn, Non-Performing Arts Panel

2013 Panelist, Local Arts Support Visual Arts Brooklyn Arts Council

2013 Panelist, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund, Brooklyn, Non-Performing Arts Panel

2012 Organizer, Dumbo Arts Center, Artist Opportunity Workshop

2012 Panelist, PS320 project, Percent for Art

2012 Panelist, IS611 project, Percent for Art

2012 Panelist, Local Arts Support Visual Arts Brooklyn Arts Council

2012 Curatorial Committee, Dumbo Arts Festival

2011 Curatorial Committee, Dumbo Arts Festival

1998-2004 Editor and Co-Publisher, Cakewalk Magazine, Chicago, IL and Los Angeles, CA

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2017 Ball State University, Summer Faculty Academy for Contract Faculty

2016 Ball State University, SAFEZONE LGBTQ Ally Training

2016 Writing the Unthinkable Workshop with Lynda Barry

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

FATE: Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, 2017-present

College Art Association, 2015-present

New Media Caucus, 2016-present

Rhizome.org, 2016-present

 

EXHIBITIONS CURATED

2015 REFLECTIVE/PERSPECTIVE, co-curated with Leo Kuelbs, German Film Museum, Frankfurt, Germany

2014 Filmideo Day 3, co-curated with Amanda Thackray, Index Gallery, Newark NJ

2014 Submerged!, co-curated with Leo Kuelbs, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY

2014 Submerged!, co-curated with Leo Kuelbs, Higgs Field, Budapest, Hungary

2012 What If? In The Days When The Tiger Smoked by Torsten Zenas Burns & Darrin, Martin, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Torsten Zenas Burns: Demoformances: Yellow (Mobilers), Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY 2012

2012 Photo Stand-Ins featuring Torsten Zenas Burns, James Leonard, Barbara Weisberger & Michelle Vaughan, NADA Hudson, NY and Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Water Week, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Robby Herbst: New Pyramid for the Capitalist System, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Barb Choit: I Heart My Attitude Collection, NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach and Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Dear Merchants of the Town… Aeron Bergman and Alejandra SalinasDumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011 video_dumbo, Co-Organizer, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Harry & Pete by Todd Bourett and Brian O’Connell, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Information Economy, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2010 MoCCA Festival, Producer, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY

2009 The Art of Archie Comics, Co-Curator, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY

2009 From Richie Rich to Wendy the Good Little Witch: Harvey Comics, Co-Curator, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY

2009 MoCCA Festival, Producer, Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY

2006 Katrin Jurati: The Ten Billion Stars That Twinkle in Heaven, LACE, Los Angeles, CA 2006 Mark Hagen: Circulation and Light Visit, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Shrimps: HACK, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Voiceovers: Performance and Video Series, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Chuck Jones : 3 Isolation Studies and The Butthole Tree, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Natalie Zimmerman : Therapeutic Spaces and Others, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 Joe Sola: Taking a Bullet, exhibition organizer, curated by Irene Tsatsos, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 The Minded Swarm, exhibition organizer, curated by Irene Tsatsos, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2005 A Walk to Remember, exhibition organizer, curated by Jens Hoffmann, LACE, Los Angeles, CA 2005