Three canvases in a row one a red painting in the middle with an intricate collage to one side and a geometric black and white painting with a blue circle to the other side

Eric Carlson, Triptych (2021). Mixed. 90 x 48 in.

Eric Timothy Carlson (b. 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

Carlson’s practice draws on deep-rooted iconography to create enigmatic compositions which chronicle themes of discord, language, technology, and renewal.

Through processes of accumulation (of found images, objects, and theory) and generation (image making, and fabrication), Carlson creates narrative drawings, collages, videos, sculpture, and installations. The works are complex matrices that achieve a unity of disparate signifiers, playing with the expansive possibilities of collaging diverse symbols into a single context. It pulls into orbit the manifold, a kind of syncretic cosmology, and materializes an intuitive dialogue between the phenomenological, the semiotic, the phonetic, and the sociological.

Carlson has worked as an educator at his alma mater MCAD, and has appeared as a lecturer at VCU, Printed Matter, and Walker Art Center. He has presented the recent solo exhibitions HOMININ 3 — ? ? E at Fisher Parrish Gallery, New York in 2018; 2 Apollo at Pioneer Works, New York in 2017; and NYPLPCETC01-04 at Printed Matter, New York in 2017, which coincided with the release of an artist’s book and edition exploring the New York Public Library Picture Collection.

Carlson works as a creative director for Bon Iver, Boys Noize, and Leon Vynehall creating visual systems and packaging, as well as directing music videos and video performances. He was nominated for Grammy Awards in packaging design, in both 2017 and 2019, for his work with the band Bon Iver.