Assistant Professor of Art
Karl Erickson is the School of Art’s new assistant professor of Digital Media and Computer Art. He earned his BFA in Sculpture from Wayne State University and his MFA in Studio Art from The California Institute of the Arts.
Erickson is a visual artist focusing on the moving image with video and animated gifs. His subject matter includes science fiction, environmental issues, motivational language and temporal/spatial dislocations. His recent video project, We Could Be Transcendental Apes, is a re-imagining of sci-fi B-movies as quests for enlightenment. A version of the multi-part work was shown at Field Projects Gallery in New York City, where Erickson was the 2015 Resident Artist. His work has also been exhibited and screened at The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture, The Suburban, Regina Rex, Momenta Art, New York Media Center, The Hyde Park Art Center, The Volta NY Art Fair, and the danubeVIDEOARTfestival. He has been an artist in residence at Signal Culture in Owego, NY, The Arctic Circle and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency.
Erickson has taught video and digital media at Parsons School of Design, Rutgers University, and Laguardia Community College among other schools. In addition, he is an experienced arts administrator, having served as the Director of many small nonprofits, including The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art and Dumbo Art Center. He has curated numerous exhibitions and video art festivals and has written extensively on contemporary art.
Visit Karl Erickson’s website at www.karlhugoerickson.com.