Eric Wall’s paintings explore the materiality of the canvas and challenge our expectations of what a painting is expected to be. His paintings are meticulously hand-cut using a hobby knife. A single painting is often stretched, painted, unstretched, hand-cut, painted, restretched, and painted again. They reach a state of resolution through this repetitive process of addition and subtraction. In the end, there is often more canvas removed, than what remains for the audience to the observer. The remaining swaths of canvas cast shadows on the walls behind.
Eric Wall has been challenging the boundaries of a painting throughout his career. With his most recent paintings, he’s shown how to break the restraints of the surface and the supports in painting. He has also introduced an expansive potential in a painting by pushing these edges and questioning his medium.
Born 1979. Eric Wall is an American/Swedish artist, currently living in Stockholm, Sweden.
Select solo exhibition: Avesta Kommuns Konsthall, Sweden; Bolt Project Space, Chicago; Villavägen Sju Galleri, Sweden; ISM gallery, Denver; and Colorado State University.
Group exhibition: Westwerk, Hamburg; Green is Gold, Copenhagen; Cave Gallery, Detroit; Shoot the Lobster, New York; Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; The Built Festival, Chicago; Galleri Ett Annex, Sweden; Galleri Linne, Sweden; Space Gallery, Denver; Assembly Art Space, Denver; The Den Gallery, Denver; Jack Curfman Gallery, Colorado; Colorado State University Directions Gallery, Colorado; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Fort Collins, Colorado.
His work has been covered in The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago, Kulturstan, Chicago Artist Magazine, Detroit Free Press, and Matter Journal.
Solo exhibition at Studio Party, Pittsburgh, USA. Fall 2018.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated. Avesta Konsthall. Sweden. 2018.
Neither This Nor That, Installation- Pop-Up Chicago Loop Alliance. Chicago. 2013.
Betwixt & Between. Bolt Project Space. Chicago. June 2012.
Eric Wall - Recent Works. Villavägen Sju Galleri. Uppsala, Sweden. 2009.
European Paintings. ISM Gallery. Denver. 2006.
The German Drawings. ISM Art Gallery. Denver. 2006.
Spaces and Places. ISM Art Gallery. Denver. 2005.
Agriculture. Colorado State University Mini Gallery. Fort Collins, Colorado. 2002.
Selected Group Shows
A Matter of Fact- Vermilion Sands. Copenhagen - 2017.
Live and Works- Vermilion Sands. Copenhagen - 2016.
Bolt Alumni Show. - Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago. 2015.
The Ugly Ducklings - Westwerk Hamburg, Germany and Green is Gold, Copenhagen, Denmark. 2015.
Crossing the Line - Degenerate Art Gallery. Chicago. 2014.
Fast Forward: Rewind: Play - Hyde Park Art Center. Chicago. 2014.
Flags Mistaken For Stars - Lill-Street Art Center. Chicago, IL. 2013.
Papier- Chicago Loop Alliance. Chicago, IL. 2013.
Exchange: Chicago Detroit - Cave Gallery & Public Pool. Detroit. 2013.
Can't Stop Rock Lobster by Merkx & Gwynne – Shoot the Lobster/Martos Gallery. New York. 2012.
11 Year Retrospective group show - Space Gallery. Denver. 2012.
Artifact - Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago. 2011.
Introducing Bolt Residency - Chicago Artists Coalition. Chicago. 2011.
Built Festival – Curator Kathleen Rapp. Chicago. 2011.
Winter Open Studios - Space Division. Chicago. 2011.
Sju Minuscules” - Villavägen Sju Galleri. Uppsala, Sweden. 2010.
Not What Meets the Eye. St. Paul Cultural Center, Chicago 2010.
Bravera. Black Walnut Gallery. Chicago, 2010.
Sju Salongen - Villavägen Sju Galleri. Juried by Daniel Werkmäster, Norrtälje Konsthall. Uppsala, Sweden. 2009.
Konst Till 1000 +/- 500 - Galleri Ett Annex. Uppsala, Sweden. 2008.
Samlingsutställning i mini-format - Galleri Linne. Uppsala, Sweden. 2007-08.
Romancing The Looky Loos - The Den Gallery Denver. 2007.
Represented Artist Group Show - The Den Gallery. Denver. 2007.
Open Press Fish Show - Open Press Print Gallery. Denver. 2005.
Wall Genetics - The Assembly Art Space. Denver. 2007.
Colorado State University Undergraduate Symposium - Jack Curfman Gallery. Fort Collins, Colorado. 2003.
Colorado State University Senior Group Show - Fort Collins, Colorado. 2003. Colorado State University Directions Gallery - Fort Collins, Colorado. 2002.
Movements - Space Gallery. Denver. 2002.
Group Show - Improv. Contemporary Art Gallery. Fort Collins. 2002.
Three Abstract Painters". Nine Gallery. Denver. 2002.
Amerikansksvensk konstnär ställer ut på biblioteket – dragna målardukar och annorlunda mått är att vänta. Avesta Tidning. February 7th, 2018.
“EXCHANGE between Detroit and Chicago artists brings great art to both cities” by Marge Sorge, Detroit
Unspun. February 14th, 2013.
Arts Organizations Kickstart Projects Via Peer Donations. By Katie Morell, Crain's Chicago Business. March 17th, 2012.
Chicago Artist Magazine. “Still Life With Artificial Lighting” installation. “Artifact” group show in the Bolt Project Space. 2011
Timeout Chicago Weekend picks. “Artifact” Group show in the Bolt Project Space. 2011
“Chicago Artists' Coalition moves into the 21st century”. By Lauren Viera, The
Chicago Tribune. July 14th, 2011. Featured Artist and full color in studio image.
KulturStan “Eric Wall på Galleri Villavägen Sju”.Stockholm, Sweden. 2009.
Matter Journal: Creative Writing, Poetry, and Art. “Patterns”. Cover Image in full color with two page spread inside. 2005.
"Midnight Serenade". Scene Magazine. Fort Collins. 2002.
Awards, Scholarships, Residencies, Honorariums, and Lectures.
Andy Warhol Foundation (grant via BOLT Residency) 2013
SOVA at Colorado State University Honorarium. December 2011
Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Colorado State University. December 2011
The Bolt Residency at the Chicago Artist Coalition. 2011-2012.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Colorado State University. 2003.
Tracie Noah Memorial Scholarship. 2002-2003.
Cultural Bandwidth: A Podcast Network About Art. Co-founder. 2016 - present.
By The Way: A Contemporary Art News Podcast. Host, writer, producer. 2016 - present.
Galleri Andersson/Sandström. Director. 2016 - 2017.
Nils Staerk Gallery. Registrar, Logistics, and Lead Technician. 2014 - 2016.
Terry Dowd Inc. Fine art storage, collections management, and art inspections. 2012 - 2013.
Freelance art installations and art handling. Projects include Jessica Stockholder’s "Color Jam" 2012.
Curtis Duffy's Grace Restaurant. Chicago. 2012.
Chicago Artist Coalition – Exhibition and Administrative assistant. Chicago. 2011.
Teacher at Medborgarskolan. Uppsala, Sweden. 2008.
Apprentice Open Press LLC. under Master Printer Mark Lunning. Denver. 2004-2005.
Works found in several private collections throughout Sweden, Denmark, Germany, and the USA.