“[This watercolor] is inspired by the iconic cover art of New Order's 1983 album Power, Corruption and Lies. Designed by Peter Saville, the album features a detail of a 19th-century painting of flowers by Henri Fantin-Latour, overlaid at top right by a seemingly arbitrary array of color chips. My paintings often follow a similar scheme, juxtaposing soft environmental imagery with sharp, linear elements. By repainting Saville's design in watercolors, I'm looking for another angle from which to explore the post-Cold War cultural landscape, and the conflict between environment and technology.” — Eric LoPresti
Eric LoPresti (b. 1971) grew up in the desert steppe of eastern Washington State, near the Hanford plutonium production site. LoPresti’s paintings investigate the cultural aftereffects of dramatic conflict, focusing on the aftermath of the Cold War and its associated landscapes.
Recent solo exhibitions include Blueprint Paintings at the University of Rochester; No Blue Skies at Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn; Test Site at the National Atomic Test Museum, Las Vegas, NV; Different Country at Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn; and Afterglow at Washington State University, Richland, WA. A winner of the Miami Young Painters Award, his work has been featured in Art in America, Artforum.com and Nature. Upcoming solo exhibitions include the National Atomic Test Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, Las Vegas, NV.
LoPresti holds an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.
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