Erik Geschke: Artist Talk at Carnation Contemporary
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm
Erik Geschke: Artist Talk at Carnation Contemporary

Art Practice faculty, Erik Geschke, has a solo exhibition of recent work at Carnation Contemporary in Portland, OR, May 4 - 26, 2019. The opening reception for Parts and Accessories is Saturday, May 4, 6-9 pm. Geschke will be doing an artist talk in the gallery, Saturday, May 18 at 1pm. The gallery hours are Thursday - Sunday, 12-5pm.


Erik Geschke: Parts and Accessories 

Saturday, May 4– Sunday, May 26

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 6-9 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18, 1 PM

Carnation Contemporary

8371 N. Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12-5 PM +Friday, April 17, 6-9 PM


About the Exhibition 

Parts and Accessories explores issues surrounding class, dystopia, and modernity. Referencing elements of architecture, industrial design, and human physiology, the mixed-media sculptures often depict fragments of something larger or allude to what is unseen. The tableau installation of individual objects incorporates aspects of simulacra, whereby the familiar is altered and remade with materials that often contrast their original form. Similarly, shifts in scale are also crucial, with the recognizable depicted either at scale, reduced, or increased in size, calling attention to the way the viewer interprets and experiences the forms. The objects depicted represent cultural markers of class and identity; a semiotic study of signs and symbols that make up the physical landscape of our uncertain world.

About the Artist

Erik Geschke is a mixed-media artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Venues include the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA; ZieherSmith Gallery in New York, NY; Navy Pier in Chicago, IL; Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Aldrich, CT; Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA; Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center in Portland, OR and the FIAC Contemporary Art Fair in Paris, France. Geschke has received grants, fellowships, and recognition from the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts Commission, Oregon Arts Commission, Ford Family Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Jerome Foundation and the College Art Association, among others. He has been a fellow at a number of artist residencies, such as the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in Woodside, CA; Sculpture Space Inc. in Utica, NY; and the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Geschke received his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art's Rinehart School of Sculpture, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in, and received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. He lives and works in Portland, OR where he is an Associate Professor of Art at Portland State University.