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Spotlight: Erik Foss

In anticipation of Unseen on TV opening

Saturday, November 14th 2009, 7-11pm at Gallery Three.

Erik Foss has his eyes fixed on Gallery Three, and we are staring right back. Joining us for a solo exhibit opening next Saturday, we never know what to expect from Foss. Since he is such a unique guy, we have arranged a little tour of Erik’s many interests. As a curator, artist, gallery owner, and nightlife insider there is much to know. We’ll start with the basics.

Erik Foss

© Black Book Mag

A Word from Foss

“I am an artist. When I came here I wasn’t of a pedigreed art background, nor did I come from money. So I showed my work in bars like Max Fish, Luna Lounge, and Life. I work 7 days a week and have since I was 15 years old. I paint and make art in my studio, which my bar pays for. I curate and show artists I like, and that’s it. I buy art I like. In fact, I spend all the extra money I make on other peoples’ art.” –Interview with Erik Foss, Black Book Mag

Curator

Foss joined with Curse Mackey to curate Draw in 2008, an exhibition made up entirely of works in pencil and pen. The show traveled to Auston, New York, London, and finally to The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco in April 2009. He also curates exhibits at his own gallery in New York City called Fuse.

Draw Show at The Shooting Gallery Draw Show at The Shooting Gallery in April 2009

Nightlife

Erik has always been just as involved in the nightlife scene as the art world. Fuse Gallery is connected to Lit Lounge, a bar/nightclub that serves as a meeting place for creative individuals. Devandra Banhart, Elliot Smith, and Moving Units are just a few from the venue’s “Bands Hoove Played” list. One needs only to scroll through the Lit Lounge pictures for an idea of the fun times going down. As Erik’s career was born out of bartending, his time spent at Lit Lounge supports his time in the studio.

Lit Lounge

© Lit Lounge

Artist

Erik Foss has shown in galleries and museums including White Box, Dietch, Jonathan Levine, The Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago, Collette in Paris and V1 Gallery in Denmark. He first showed at Gallery Three in November 2008, assembling a life size American flag from the drawings of San Francisco homeless (covered by Mr. Peacock here).

Erik Foss

Although not a self proclaimed photographer, we noticed that Foss also has a hefty collection of stills on his website.

Erik Foss

Erik Foss

Erik Foss

And of course, Erik is best known for his mixed media work. As stated in the press release for his upcoming show, Unseen on TV:

“Seemingly naïve perceptions of sex, religion and politics are represented in the form of collage, combined to form a disordered setting for Erik Foss’ new exhibition, Unseen on TV. This collection is fueled by a sociological deviance from American culture, while at the same time reflecting the cultures’ very ideals. Foss’ raw collages on distressed paper are an assembled collection of antique pornography and photographs, dating as late as the 1800s. Erotic cut out hearts cover the faces of stoic portraits, questioning the distinction between offensive vs. provocative or private vs. public concern. Manipulating American history and politics with fearful symmetries and collective despair, Foss dares to push the boundaries of relative understanding.”

Here are a few details from his new works to be shown at Gallery Three next Saturday.

Erik Foss

Erik Foss

Erik Foss

Hopefully this orientation has got you asking, what’s next? Come see Erik Foss’ Unseen on TV at Gallery Three on November 14th to find out.

Previous posts about Erik

Studio Visit with Erik Foss

Process Shots and New Works

Quick Interview with Foss

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Press Release: Winter Group Show

Winter Group Show

Opening December 12th 2009 7-11pm

Winter Group Show

White Walls is proud to present the Winter Group Show opening December 12th 2009. No themes or undertones to this exhibit, just the best art from the artists we’ve been dying to see. This massive group show features more than 30 artist from around the US with close to 60 original pieces of art. Please join us for the opening reception at White Walls Gallery on December 12th 2009 from 7-11 pm.

We are excited to show several artists who we are inspired by and admire. Varying from prolific artists who have established careers to those who are just now emerging. This exceptional collection fluctuates between abstract, mixed media, sculpture, urban, folk and contemporary art. The Winter Group Show embodies White Walls’ mission to push the boundaries between lowbrow, urban and fine art and we are proud to exhibit such a diverse collection all under one roof.

Featured Artists: Clayton Brothers, AJ Fosik, Thomas Campbell, Anthony Lister, Mike Shine, Cody Hudson, Katy Horan, Rich Jacobs, Alex Kopps, Kill Pixie, Greg Gossel, Ernesto Yerena, Timothy Karpinski, Nas Chompas, Mark Warren Jacques, Erik Foss, D Young V, Antistrot, Aaron Nagel, Robert Burden, Becca, Casey Gray, Lance Strongheart, Henry Gunderson, Mercedes Heinwien, Phillip Lumbang, Akira Beard plus more surprise guests to come.

Winter Group Show opens December 12th, 2009 and runs through January 2nd, 2009. Please see our extensive media kit for images, artist statements and further information on the event.

Unseen on TV by Erik Foss – Nov 14

Gallery Three presents:

Unseen on TV

by Erik Foss

Opens November 14th 2009 7-11pm

Runs through December 5th 2009

unseen on tv

Unseen on TV

Black Book Magazine Interviews Erik Foss

Press Release: Erik Foss at Gallery Three

erik foss

Gallery Three is proud to present Unseen on TV new works by Erik Foss on Saturday, November 14th 2009. This overflowing, compulsive accumulation of works mirrors the chaotic conditions in which they have been made. Unseen on TV symbolizes the irony of our culture’s founding beliefs and ideologies, revealing America uncensored. Please join us at Gallery Three for the opening reception on Saturday, November 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm.

Seemingly naïve perceptions of sex, religion and politics are represented in the form of collage, combined to form a disordered setting for Erik Foss’ new exhibition, Unseen on TV. This collection is fueled by a sociological deviance from American culture, while at the same time reflecting the cultures very ideals. Foss’ raw collages on distressed paper are an assembled collection of antique pornography and photographs, dating as late as the 1800’s. Erotic cut out hearts cover the faces of stoic portraits, questioning the distinction between offensive vs. provocative or private vs. public concern. Manipulating American history and politics with fearful symmetries and collective despair, Foss dares to push the boundaries of relative understanding.

Erik Foss has been living and working in downtown Manhattan for over twelve years. This will be his second solo show at Gallery Three in San Francisco. He has also shown in several New York galleries including White Box, Dietch and Jonathan Levine, as well as The Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago, Collette in Paris and V1 Gallery in Denmark.

Unseen on TV exposes what is normally ignored, the taboos of human existence and the sort of things you can’t see on TV. The truth. Please join us at Gallery Three for the opening reception on Saturday, November 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm. This exhibit is on display through December 5th 2009 and is open to the public.