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Erik Groff

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United States

Works in
United States


sculpture, gallery, conceptual, graffiti/street-art, abstract, government, installation, mixed-media, recycled, city, cardboard, Cardboardtown, King, Trash-art, Oakland, Groff, Erik



Erik Groff is a self-taught artist who is known for transforming refuse into colorful site specific installations inspired by abandoned scraps of urban life. As with many artists, it is difficult to categorize Groff’s multifaceted creativity, except through historical chronology. Beginning as a studio artist working primarily in oils and other painting mediums, his artistic voice and contributions found an audience outside the gallery art scene through the abandonment of the studio art tradition.

Often dismissed by the casual onlooker as overtly whimsical or naïve, Groff’s work has served to bridge the expanding void between ‘respectable’ gallery art and the underground urban art scene usually referred to as ‘street’ or ‘graffiti art’. By pushing the frontiers of urban expression beyond spray painted stencils and wall pasted icons, his work offers an insurgent bolt of energy to the viewer, while simultaneously commenting on the crux of a modernized society locked into ever deepening cycles of over consumption. Groff tends to employ almost any manner of waste necessary to prove his point, and serves as an inspirational spring board within an emerging art form which seeks to comment on our environment, politics, and history –enriching the cultural and critical value of art made from discarded materials.


Documentary film -

East Bay Express - This Week's Day-by-Day Picks - Friday, June 4, 2004

By Stefanie Kalem and Kelly Vance

Erik Groff could be the ideal urban visionary. In his three-dimensional works, the painter and sculptor recycles trash into works of art, but not just any art -- miniature cutaway cityscape sculptures that show what a city could be. Working in minute detail, Groff constructs cardboard buildings with rooms you'd be happy to move into, if only you were mouse-sized. Like a scavenger king, he reuses the materials society has discarded, and creates worlds worth visiting. Groff's latest show of "reactionary artwork" is called Ambush Alert. It opens tonight with a reception (7-10 p.m., with guest DJ) at Buzz Gallery and Mama Buzz Cafe, 2316 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. The event is free. Visit -- Kelly Vance

Selected Exhibitions:

2009 - 2010

Paint the Streets with Trash Milk; Departure, Oakland, CA


THERE! New Art From Oakland; DiRosa Museum and Preserve, Napa, CA


Tribute to Capricorn Genius; Gallerie Lecoq, Berlin, Germany

Sampling Oakland; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

New York 2027; Rubulad Artspace, Brooklyn, NY


Habitat:We Live Here!; Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA


Bayennale 2005; Jack London Square, Oakland, CA

Labyrinth; Lobot Gallery, Oakland, CA

Belief; ArtSF, San Francisco, Ca


Ambush Alert; Buzz Gallery, Oakland, CA

Curate This; Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA

Art In The Way; Liminal Gallery, Oakland, CA

Expo; California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA


Urbanology; Liminal Gallery, Oakland, CA

Shockandawe; Chaos Theatre, Oakland, CA


Activate; Salbadia Gallery, Oakland, CA

Flavor; Liminal Gallery, Oakland, CA

Sassy & Surlies Sideshow; Liminal Gallery, Oakland, CA


Full Spectrum Dominance; Chaos Theatre, Oakland, CA

Bay Currents; Chi Gallery, Oakland, CA


Raw Visions 2000; Fitzpatrick Gallery, Oakland, CA

Factories; Chaos Theatre, Oakland, CA

Site Specific; Overload Gallery, Oakland, CA


Cardboard City; Sixth Street Projects, San Francisco, CA

Social Parasites; Rx Projects, Oakland, CA

Enduring Progress; Boyd Gallery, Orlando, FL


Recent Exhibits

Erik Groff participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2010 Inside Edition
Basement Gallery Oakland
Dec, 2009 Paint the Streets with Trash Milk
The Layover
Feb, 2010 Killed by Death
Basement Gallery Oakland
Oct, 2009 Subliminal Refuckulation
Basement Gallery Oakland
Exhibited with these artists
Erik Groff has Exhibited with these artists:

Erica Sheets Anja Ulfeldt
Exhibited at these venues
Erik Groff has Exhibited at these venues:

Basement Gallery Oakland The Layover
curated with these artists
Erik Groff has curated with these artists:

Erica Sheets Anja Ulfeldt
Courtney Callahan Adam Air williams
curated at these venues
Erik Groff has curated at these venues:

Basement Gallery Oakland
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