Erik Foss - Americanized
The American singularity Erik Foss comes to GSB!
ERIK FOSS – AMERICANIZED
Erik Foss belongs to the new generation of pop artists in New York. He is a descendent of Andy Warhol; an unabashed and creative inter-disciplinary artist, who has developed a unique platform where diverse artistic and cultural manifestations freely interact. With his motivation and energy, Foss is an incredible source of inspiration for Stockholm’s urban art scene. Now, when he at last comes to Scandinavia and GSB, he unleashes a remarkable pandemonium of war, porn and popular culture.
Americanized is an amalgamation of symbolically-charged images which constitute ironic commentaries on the destructive Western mentality. That which, at first, appears as everyday pop cultural phenomena transforms, on closer inspection, into grotesque reflections of American society. This oscillation between security and antipathy can be read as a metaphor for the American spirit, and incites the viewer towards further reflection.
Foss is co-owner of Fuse gallery and Lit Lounge bar. These two, related venues arose from a vision of establishing a space by artists, for artists. Now New York’s cultural audience have a place to socialise, see some of the city’s most exciting bands and simultaneously, through a window, view the gallery exhibition. It is by way of this approach that he creates a unique social platform where art, as well as other cultural manifestations, are able to correlate and enrich each other.
Erik Foss (b. 1973) was raised in Arizona, USA. After high school he was offered places at a number of art schools, but instead chose to skate, paint and produce T-shirts. In 1996, having moved to New York, he began to work as a bartender. This was the start of his future career and the rest is history.