Katherine Cone Gallery is proud to present the first ever solo exhibition of paintings by artist Eric Pedersen, entitled Sleeping Giants. Please join us for a reception for the artist Saturday, September 7th from 6-9 P.M. The Sleeping Giants exhibition will run until Octobe 12th, 2013.
Primarily using portraiture as a platform to express his ideas, Pedersen has developed a unique way of depicting the human form. Pedersen states, "to me an individual is an arragenment of countless moments, events, and experiences; it's present state is defined and informed by all of it's past. To embody this I systematically arrange layers of paint upon paint that expose the past process within the present of the final work. Just as an accumulation of experiences that creates an individual, my paintings are an accumulation of marks that creates a portrait, out of which I strive to communicate the subject's self."
Sleeping Giants is a series by Pedersen that considers states of consciousness. The work within this body is made at a very large scale and includes portraits of the people that are depicted in various states of sleep. The artist represents his subjects in this way to envoke a slight state of anxiety in his viewers; for them to feel unsure of what this giant is capable of doing should it wake up. The slight state of anxiety is an attempt to heighten the awareness of the individual who is viewing the work. The theory is that the fear created by accidentally waking this unpredictable creature forces the viewer to be more conscious of themselves and their surroundings.
Eric Pedersen was born in the Detroit metro area of Michigan in 1981. Twenty-three years later he moved to Los Angeles where he currently lives and works. In 2009 he graduated from the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and in 2013 he was accepted into the Masters Program at the New York Academy of Art.