I am interested in expanding upon contemporary sign, signifier, visual language and iconography through the manipulation of graphic elements and cultural fragments; collecting and creating icons like vessels, utilitarian visuals to hold and absorb the relevant and necessary, producing dense sequenced matrices of information, immersive fields of vision, psychological spaces, like intoxication, dream sense, spells, and hints of experience beyond immediate perception.
I studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (BFA, Graphic Design. '06) where I developed my interests in installation, book arts, typography, and collective productions, and have since maintained an independent studio practice, working often in close collaborative relationships with artists, designers, and institutions producing expansive bodies of conceptual and process based work largely through processes or drawing, printmaking, and collage.
In 2005 I helped found Hardland/Heartland (thereisawe.com) an arts collective that has since been exhibiting drawings, books, and installations widely in the United States and Europe. In 2011 I exhibited a solo show at the Soo Visual Art Center (Mpls, Minnesota), released sophomore album N.N.E. with the musical ensemble Radical Cemetery, currently have a furniture collaboration with RO-LU available at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego's pop–up shop Product Porch, and have as of this fall published a number of artist books through Location Books (Mpls), the Journal of Artist Books (Chicago), and Museums Press (Glasgow).
Artist Bio / CV
ERIC TIMOTHY CARLSON
B.F.A. Minneapolis College of Art and Design. 2006.
Anthology, Isington Mill, Manchester, UK.
Aaron Anderson and Eric Carlson. Gallery M. Milwaukee, WI.
Resist Pop Fantasy II: Liquids Words (Solo Show). Soo VAC. Minneapolis, MN.
Man As We Know Him, Is A Computer. Mastodon Mesa. Los Angeles, CA.
"Peace Out" ((((OOOOP. Art of This Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.
Hello Sweden, curated by Needles and Pens, Gallery KRETS. Malmö, Sweden.
Acid Wreath And The Post Everything Melted Brain Mess M/Negalith All La La Land:Beyond The Dead End. Synchronicity Space. Los Angeles, CA.
We Come In Peace. Junc Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.
Flat Line. Sellout gallery. Minneapolis, MN.
Shinders, curated by Matt Bakkom. Minneapolis, MN.
The Sensual World. Synchronicity Space. Los Angeles, CA.
Swimming Cities of Serenissima. Ad Hoc Art Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
LOOPS. Seltzer Art Space. Minneapolis, MN.
Our Starry Universe. Art of This Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.
Millions of Innocent Accidents. Minneapolis Institute of Art: MAEP. Minneapolis, MN.
Serious Art. First Amendment Arts. Minneapolis, MN.
Us Doves. Needles & Pens. San Francisco, CA.
GOLDEN ENERGY. Art of This Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.
Draw Too. Soo VAC. Minneapolis, MN,
Endwise. Current Gallery. Baltimore, MD.
Oxxxx Hxxxx. Organ House. Minneapolis, MN.
EVENTS AND SCREENINGS
Prrple Rain. Trylon MicroCinema. Minneapolis, MN.
Radical Cemetery. XY&Z Gallery. Minneapolis, MN.
Private Investigation. Photo L.A. Los Angeles, California.
Wet Dub. 1419 Space. Minneapolis, MN.
Don't Sleep on It. Walker Teen Arts Council, Art-A-Whirl. Minneapolis, MN.
Image Breakers Puzzles & Magic Tricks, Museums Press, Glasgow. UK.
Aaron Anderson, Crystal Quinn, Eric Carlson. Location Books. Anthology, Museums Press. Glasgow, UK.
&&&. Journal of Artist Books, Issue 30
Heartland, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, NL.
Heartland, Smart Museum, Chicago, IL.
Supernaturalism. Beautiful Decay: Book 1
Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory, New Museum / Phaidon Press
Lemon Poppyseed, Die Gestalten Books