Mallick Williams & Co. Gallery is thrilled to open the autumn season with Avarice, a
solo exhibition of abstract poignant paintings by artist Erik Foss. Throughout his
career Foss has established a practice that challenges status quo notions of propriety
by functioning between the worlds of high art and downtown culture. Foss in his
artwork and social gestures (he is a founder of Lit and the attendant Fuse gallery)
frames the clash of these two worlds that both neglects and provides ornate excess.
Influenced by a Catholic upbringing, for this exhibition the artist targets the single
Deadly Sin that rightly represents America’s past decade. He examines a symbol
of covetousness and how greed aligned with destructive forces to demolish pillars of
Western power. Emotions of sorrow and rage embody the works, reflecting the scope
of the damage done and the ravaged sense of loss that exists amongst us all.
The paintings are constructed from Foss’ repetitive brush strokes.
Dark mountainous figures defy gravity by erupting over vibrant or muted
backgrounds. The stark contrast allows the subject to register clearly. In his paintings,
drawings, and collage work the airwaves of our national broadcast is examined in all its
public vulgarity. These works compliment the constant stream of haunting images
that play in our collective psyche. Opening on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 - which
coincidentally falls upon the Sabbath - Foss’ exhibition is a testament to the looming
history that is very much apart of the viewer’s daily life.
Erik Foss (b. 1973) was born in Elgin , Illinois. After spending his formative years in
Phoenix, Arizona, Erik moved to New York City in October of 1996. In August of
2001, a month prior to the 9/11 attacks, Erik signed the lease for Lit and Fuse
Gallery. Erik has exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions,
including Spencer Brownstone Gallery New York City, Perry Rubenstein Gallery in
New York City, Deitch Projects in New York City , The Hole Gallery in New York City,
White Box in New York City, Anonymous Gallery in New York City , Gallery 3 in San
Francisco, Subliminal Gallery in Los Angeles , V1 Gallery in Denmark, Pool Gallery in
Berlin, Steinsland Berliner (G.S.B) in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2010 Erik exhibited at
SCOPE Miami during Art Basel in 2008-10 and for SCOPE Armory 2009 & 10, Erik
currently Lives and Works in New York City.