My Account My Lightboxes Create Account Submissions Guidelines Help
[ ARTIST ARCHIVE ]
  ARTIST PORTFOLIO  
 
Erika Mahr
updated: 02/05/2010
website: erikamahr.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
dimensions
Click thumbnails for full view:
 
365 Pages
365 Pages
Descending Grid
detail of Descending Grid
Untitled
detail of Untitled
For Emil
The Calling
An Old Beginning
Untitled
Untitled
Sb-10
Sb-18
installation view of For Emil and An Old Beginning (left to right)
installation view of The Calling and Unsettled (left to right)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  books, conceptual, abstract, geometric, obsessive, information, psychological, repetition, process, systems
 
 
365 Pages by Erika Mahr
365 Pages
cut paper
2009
Dimensions variable
365 Pages by Erika Mahr
365 Pages
cut paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Descending Grid by Erika Mahr
Descending Grid
cut paper
2009
8 " x  8 "  x 4 " 
detail of Descending Grid by Erika Mahr
detail of Descending Grid
cut paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Untitled by Erika Mahr
Untitled
ink on paper
2008
80" x  52.5" 
detail of Untitled by Erika Mahr
detail of Untitled
ink on paper
2008
0" x  0" 
For Emil by Erika Mahr
For Emil
ink on paper
2006
80" x  66" 
The Calling by Erika Mahr
The Calling
ink on paper
2007
80" x  84" 
An Old Beginning by Erika Mahr
An Old Beginning
ink on paper
2007
90" x  72" 
Untitled by Erika Mahr
Untitled
ink on paper
2006
18" x  18" 
Untitled by Erika Mahr
Untitled
ink on paper
2006
0" x  0" 
Sb-10 by Erika Mahr
Sb-10
ink on paper
2007
5" x  8" 
Sb-18 by Erika Mahr
Sb-18
ink on paper
2007
8" x  5" 
installation view of For Emil and An Old Beginning (left to right) by Erika Mahr
installation view of For Emil and An Old Beginning (left to right)
both ink on paper
2007
Dimensions variable
installation view of The Calling and Unsettled (left to right) by Erika Mahr
installation view of The Calling and Unsettled (left to right)
both ink on paper
2007
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Books
These latest works consist of unbound stacks of cut black paper.  I consider these works drawings, sculptures and books.  They investigate what each of these media are and tests their boundaries.  Each page has a simple geometric shape cut out of the paper.  When placed together the viewer is left with a 3 dimensional view of the shapes path through space.  When placed into the book format, the shape then enters the 4th dimension of time.
 
Drawings
This body of work consists of large-scale pen and ink drawings on paper. The drawings are process-based works that serve as a record of my personal exploration of my emotions and psyche. With the combination of the grid used as a logical infrastructure and hundreds of thousands of repetitive marks, the work explores the dichotomy and parallels of the emotional and the cerebral.


The drawings begin with a quickly drawn compositional sketch to capture a momentary emotion. When approaching the actual piece this drawing is studied, dissected, blown up and reconstructed piece by piece. The final work is started with a quarter inch hand drawn grid on paper at least 80” in one direction. I fill each square of the grid with repetitive lines.  

Each piece searches for a back and forth visual experience of the cerebral and the emotive to take place within the viewer’s experience. This experience parallels to the physical process of making the drawings.

The work presents the viewer with two different vantage points. From close up, the drawings focus on “the micro”. The repetitive mark making creates an overwhelming viewing experience. The lines are numerous and small; they cloud the vision of the viewer, similar to that of a field painting. From close up the viewer gets a sense of both time and action. From afar the scale of the drawing shifts into “the macro”, where the lines come together to form an illusionistic atmospheric space. I think of this space as an aftermath of its process. It is a visual representation, or perhaps better stated, a documentation of the battle between the psyche and the emotive, the rational versus the irrational, the orderly versus the chaotic.

Artist Bio / CV

Erika Mahr
elm0626@yahoo.com
Astoria, NY


Selected Exhibitions

2008:

“Untitled group show”
Redsaw Gallery, Newark, NJ

“Works of Art on Paper”
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts, NJ
Curated by Charlotta Kotik of the Brooklyn Museum

2007:

“MFA Thesis Exhibition”
Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, NY, NY

2005:

“11th International Exhibition of Women’s Art”
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, NY, NY
Curated by ”Feresteh Daftari, Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art

2004:

“Explorations of the Ephemeral”
Brass Belle Gallery, Gainesville, FL

“Perceptions”
The Reitz Union Gallery, Gainesville, FL

2003:

“Between the Lines”
920 Building, Gainesville, FL

“Site, Sight, Cite”
The Reitz Union Gallery, Gainesville, FL

Awards

2009: 

Fellowship in Drawing/Printmaking/Book Arts from the New York Foundation of the Arts 

Hunter College Tony Smith Award