Artist Interview | Eric LoPresti

Brooklyn based artist Eric LoPresti's new show “Fade” opens today and runs through October 4 at Like The Spice Gallery in Williamsburg.  We sat down with him to talk about the concept for the show and the Brooklyn art scene.


Revel In New York: What is the concept for your latest show “Fade”?

Eric: I have a background in science and a lot of my artwork reflects that. Many of our contemporary issues are directly related to science and yet we still have this image of white lab coats and nerdy eye glasses. One of the things about the works in “Fade” is that they are about this great science story, the development of thermonuclear weapons. I’d say that’s both the biggest and probably the most terrifying narrative ever written. So to many scientists this represents both an astounding success of scientific theory and a disheartening failure of ethics. Without making any moral judgments, I’m interested in the drama that it creates. I think it relates to our current situation too in dealing with contemporary conflicts around nuclear non-proliferation. These paintings are historical while also very relevant to contemporary topics.

Revel In New York: Explain your use of photography and how your work explores issues of human conflict.

Eric: The photograph is a link to a specific time and place.  I don’t regard myself as a photorealist, but I use photographs to link to a certain time and place.  In this case, the subject matter I’m referring to is the Cold War. I grew up during the 70’s and 80’s in a place that was intimately involved in the activities related to the Cold War.  What is interesting is that it was sort of a strange war in that it was fought by proxy and ended essentially bloodlessly. There’s a way in which it kind of continues too. I’m interested in how we continue to use the metaphors and the concepts of the Cold War in forming a contemporary concept.  I’m not so interested in the politics, I’m more interested in a view point, philosophically thinking about how conflict is inherent to the human condition and how we tend to repeat patterns of history in our contemporary battles.









Revel In New York:
How do you feel about being a part of the Brooklyn art scene?

Eric: I love Brooklyn. I love living here.  I think the brooklyn art scene is thriving even while the economy of the art market is stumbling. I think that it’s a really good time to be an artist, in that the status quo is changing. Before, both aesthetically and economically, the market was over heated.  I would say now people have more quality time to put into there work. Brooklyn has the navy yard which was an interesting war time site that is now transitioned to a great place for artists.  It’s great to be in a place that has so much history and where people are so intimately involved in aesthetic culture.

Revel In New York: Where do you go to see art?

Eric: With all my love of Brooklyn I’m also a big fan of lower east side galleries.  Small places like Eleven Rivington, Rachel Uffner Gallery, Lisa Cooley Gallery, and many others in that area.  If large blue chip galleries represent the dinosaurs in our market then these are the little mammals.  They’re showing new artists-untested artists and the scene is really a lot of fun. You may like it, you may hate it but its always going to be interesting.


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