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Erika deVries to Give Artistís Talk
La Salle University Art Museum, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with Art Awareness Week and Womenís History Month, Brooklyn-based artist Erika deVries will be speaking about her work.
Erika deVries earned her BFA from San Jose State and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a full-time faculty member at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Photography & Imaging. She has had numerous solo-exhibitions in Chicago and New York. She has also had work included in group shows both nationally and internationally, in locales as diverse as San Francisco, New Zealand, Germany, and Japan. Her primary medium is photography but she also works in the media of performance, video, and radio.
Her first major body of work, Miss Fancy Pants (1996-2000), addressed issues of her middle-American girlhood in a series of photographic self-portraits, taken in a variety of locations, showing the artist doing cartwheels and handstands and revealing frilly underwear in the process. The gallery installation incorporated video, sound, and a photo-booth, in which viewers could pose for their own Miss Fancy Pants photos. In more recent work, deVries has reinterpreted elements of folk tales, explored issues of femininity in relationship to nature, and created Radio Free Erika (2004- present) as a response to the role photography played in the human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Her current series Far and Then Farther (2003-present), on view 2/22-3/31/07 at M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, New York, comprises photographs and lenticular prints taken mainly during deVriesís travels. These images, while not traditional portraits, depict the artist, friends, and family members in relationship to landscape. She states of her oeuvre that, “[i]n the end, all of the work is linked through my desire to make meaningful connections with other living beings and place.”
The talk is open to the entire La Salle community and the general public. The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th St. and Olney Ave. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Classes and group visits by appointment. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215.951.1221 or visit our Web site Home Page.