Eric LoPresti: Video Profile for An Ocean of Light - 3m28s (click to play)

About the Artist

Eric LoPresti makes artwork about deserts, nuclear weapons and color. His paintings and digital works juxtapose abstract elements with representations of the vast landscapes of the American west, tracking cultural representations of conflict and beauty within our transforming ecology. Following in the painterly tradition of the apocalyptic sublime, LoPresti explores how our lives are shaped by trauma and aesthetics.

Recent solo exhibitions include Superbloom at New Mexico State University (NM), An Ocean of Light at Burning in Water (NYC), Blooms at Elizabeth Houston Gallery (NYC), Blueprint Paintings at University of Rochester (NY), No Blue Skies at Kunsthalle Galapagos (NYC) and Test Site at the National Atomic Test Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution (Las Vegas). A winner of the Faber Birren Foundation Award and the Miami Young Painters Award, LoPresti has been interviewed on international video by Reuters and the Washington Post, and his work has received mentions in The New York Times, Art in America, Artforum.com, NY Arts, ArtLog.com, Nature, The Denver Post, The Seattle Times, Vegas Seven Magazine and the Village Voice.

LoPresti holds a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He is currently working on Center-Surround, a multi-channel video partially funded by a grant via the Carnegie Corporation.

LoPresti lives in Brooklyn and practices aikido at the New York Aikikai.


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