Erin Currier

original paintings, original works on paper

Part portraiture, part collage constructed of disinherited consumer
“waste” collected in nearly fifty countries, part sociopolitical
archive, but wholly humanist, Currier’s work has been featured in
numerous solo shows, including a major solo exhibition at the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC. Her work is exhibited
and collected …

Part portraiture, part collage constructed of disinherited consumer
“waste” collected in nearly fifty countries, part sociopolitical
archive, but wholly humanist, Currier’s work has been featured in
numerous solo shows, including a major solo exhibition at the Bolivarian
Republic of Venezuela Embassy in Washington, DC. Her work is exhibited
and collected internationally. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New
Mexico.

Artist Statement

What began as a natural integration of my sociopolitical beliefs with a
sheer joy of art-making, has since developed into a full-fledged
artistic praxis by which I integrate the human realm I come in contact
with in the course of my travels- its individuals, cultures, and
struggles- with its refuse, in order to comment on and participate in
the issues I feel most passionate about. I have travelled to nearly 50
countries, immersing myself, to the best of my abilities, in the daily
life of countries like Nepal and Nicaragua, cities such as Istanbul and
Caracas, studying languages, getting around on foot or by bus,
sketching, documenting extensively, making friends, and collecting
disinherited commercial “waste”, after which I return to my studio to
create series of works. Aesthetically, Latin American Muralist
traditions, Eastern Spiritual Iconography, and Social Realism inform my
work. In addition to drawing its subjects from the so-called developing
world, my work often draws its aesthetic from the “Global South”, as
well as its philosophical influence, in the form of Paolo Freire,
Eduardo Galeano, Augusto Sandino, and Edward Said.

The more I travel, the greater my sense of urgency as an artist to
address social inequality and economic disparity through my work. Above
all, I am a humanist artist, politically active and unapologetically
narrative in my repertoire of practices, and for whom art and the social
world are inseparable.

Erin Currier 2016

Artist Resume

Born: 1975, Haverhill, MA

Home: Santa Fe, NM

Education: College of Santa Fe, BFA Theatre Design (magna cum laude)

Selected One Person Exhibitions:

2015: “The Orchard Keepers,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2014: “From Taos to Laos,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013: “From Paris to Phnom Penh,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013: “Soldiers, Saints, and Psychos,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2012: “From California to Cairo,” Hamilton Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2011: “Seven Miles Per Second,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “Friendly Skies,” Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “Journalistas Unembedded,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2009: “Schoolyards,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2009: “Schoolgirls and Schoolboys” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2009: “Portenas,” Masottatorres Contemporanea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008: “Miss World,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2007: “America Below,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2007: “In Solidarity,” Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy, Washington D.C.

2006: “From Vietnam to Venezuela, Bandits and Beauty Queens,” Parks Gallery, Taos

2005: “Mothers and Martyrs,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2005: “Small Works,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2004: “The Other America,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

2004: “Selected Works,” TOPS Gallery, Malibu, CA

2003: “Liberation Series,” College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

2003: “Liberation Series,” Parks Gallery, Taos, NM

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015: “Song of the West,” Kohi Kulturaum, Karlsruhe, Germany

2015: “Lollipop Guild Invitational,” Lovett’s Gallery, Tulsa, OK

2014: “Uncharted Territory,” Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM

2013: “Fine Folk of New Mexico,” Santa Fe Community Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2013-15 “LA Art Show,” Los Angeles County Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

2012: “Finite Passing of an Infinite Passion,” SCA Contemporary, Albuquerque, NM

2011: “100 Years of Women Rockin’ the World,” Artrage Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2011: “18 Days,” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010: “TWO,” Rooftops, Berlin, DE

2009: “Vision Shift,” Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM

2009: Arte BA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2009: “Salvo,” Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2007-11: Masottatorres Contemporanea, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2008: “FOCA Show,” Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2007-08: “Originals,” National Museum of Women in the Arts, Harwood Museum, NM

2007: “Lifting the Veil: New Mexico Women and the Tricultural Myth,” Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM

2005-08: MJ Higgins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005: “Heroes,” Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2005: “La Madre Poderosa,” Harwood Museum, Taos, NM

2003: “FOCA Exhibition,” Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

1999-2006 Tops Gallery, Malibu, CA

Selected Books and Publications:

Carnet d’Asie, Erin Currier, CSF Publishing 2013

The Paintings of Erin Currier, CSF Publishing, 2012

Life in Schools, Peter McLaren, Paradigm Publishers 2015

Sketchbook Confidential, North Light Books, 2010

Women Artists Datebook 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, Syracuse Cultural Workers, 2013,2012,2010, 2009

Education, and the Struggle for Liberation, Mustafa Yunus Eryman, Peter McLaren, Hampton, 2009

100 Artists of the Southwest, Douglas Bullis, Schiffer, 2006

Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire, Peter McLaren, Nathalia Jaramillo, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006

Capitalists and Conquerors, Peter McLaren, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005

Teaching Against Global Capitalism, Peter McLaren, Rowman and Littlefield, 2005

Professional Artist Magazine, 2015

American Art Collector Magazine 2015, 2014 (cover), 2013, 2012, 2011, 1010

Pasticcio, 2014

PBS Television “Colores”, 2014

Santa Fean, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2004, 2003

Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo 2015, 2014 (cover), 2012, 2010,2008,2006,2004

Santa Fe Reporter, 2015, 2013(cover), 2012, 2006, 2005

Taos News, 2015, 2014 (cover), 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008 (cover), 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 (cover), 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000 (cover)

THE Magazine, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004, 2003, 1999

Malibu Magazine, 2012, 2005

Collector’s Guide 2010

Southwest Art, 2010

Buenos Aires Herald, 2009

Pagina 12, Argentina, 2009

Paseante Extranerjero, Argentina, 2009

Raw Guide, Argentina, 2009

Welt der Frau Magazine, Austria, 2008

Washington Post, 2007

Tele Sur, 2007

Pacifica Radio, 2007

Bottom Line, 2006

Art News, 2004

Atomica, 2004

American Style Magazine, 2003

Utne Reader, 2002

National Public Radio, 2002, 2000

New Mexico Magazine, 2002

Su Casa Magazine, 2001

Selected Collections:

Bernardo Bertolucci

Sherilynn Bevel

Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Embassy

Lisa Bonet

California State University

President Hugo Chavez

John Cusack

Joan Cusack

Whoopi Goldberg

Mr. & Mrs. Mel Gibson

Linda Hamilton

Dennis Hopper

Coretta Scott King

Julia Roberts

Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Santana

Martin Sheen

State of New Mexico Public Collection

Dean Stockwell

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