Erik Mark Sandberg
The Equilibrium of Glamour
April 5, 2008
through May 3, 2008
NEW YORK, NY (March 18, 2008) - Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce The Equilibrium of Glamour, a solo exhibition of new works by Erik Mark Sandberg. The artist has created a series of new paintings for The Equilibrium of Glamour, which will be the artist’s first solo gallery exhibition in New York.
The Equilibrium of Glamour contains Sandberg’s unique hybrid of styles and mixture of mediums. Painting obscure allegorical narratives by incorporating 3D digital polygon models, printmaking, photography, drawing, collage, and painting into his work, the results are a seamless synthesis of colorful visuals developed across the scope of craft and technique. Carefully combining his digital imagery with organic elements, Sandberg’s creative process is highly experimental in nature. The artist explores initial stages of progression further within the work itself, adding and subtracting layers until he has achieved just the right balance for a completed piece.
One source of artistic inspiration for Sandberg is his own environment, as well as his perception of tensions that exist between certain environments and their inhabitants. Living in Los Angeles, he is confronted daily by the types of issues prevalent in contemporary society. These issues often influence his work, becoming the subjects communicated through his illustration and fine artwork, including themes such as globalization, gentrification, consumerism, online dating and the dynamics of modern relationships. Integrating digitally rendered human and animal figures with contrasting traditional and non-traditional painting skills, there is a photo-realist component within Sandberg’s part-digital, part-organic world. To the artist, this composite relationship reflects the increasing disconnection of contemporary society from its greater organic environment, and the progression towards a new, self-manufactured, synthetic reality.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Erik Mark Sandberg was born and raised in Minnesota. Growing up, he enjoyed activities such as hunting, fishing, riding snowmobiles and motocross racing. In high school he focused on learning auto body and collision repair technology. Throughout his youth, he was always interested in the arts, and after graduation, he pursued a degree in 3D animation at the Art Institute of Minnesota. He then received a BFA with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, in 2003. Since then, he has achieved steady success in the fields of Fine Art and Illustration, receiving numerous grants and awards for Advertising and Editorial Illustrations he creates for his prestigious client list. From 2006 to present, Sandberg has taught at two institutions, both at Art Center College of Design and at California State University, Northridge, as well. He currently resides in Los Angeles.