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NYPLPC Epitome 1 : Chimera Barricade Sabot, 2017
Launched on the occasion of Art Basel 2017, this fundraising edition was realized as a giclee print with two-color silkscreen overlays, produced as part of the Eric Timothy Carlson’s ongoing ‘NYPLPC’ series in which he accumulates and sequences found imagery sourced from the New York Public Library Picture Collection.
NYPLPC Epitome 1. Chimera Barricade Sabot, combines an evocative set of visual elements that illustrate various systems/symbols of control met by acts of resistance. An engraving of an Egyptian criosphinx (the body of a lion, with the head of a lamb) is overlaid with an illustration of a traditional wooden shoe – a ‘sabot’, with roots to the word ‘sabotage’ – shown crushing a rattlesnake. A second paired image features another depiction of a sphinx – this time from a Late Imperial Chinese brush painting – which is laid across a photo depicting a worker uprising as they create a barricade out of the overturned vehicles.
This print was conceived as one half of a diptych. The other half, NYPLPC Epitome 2 : I’m Hominini I’m L'Orange is available for purchase here and the diptych is available for purchase here. Placed side by side, the geometric screenprinted elements connect them into a single narrative work, in which two prevalent facets of the ‘NYPLPC’ project play off each other and create a new direction for meaning.
Giclee on hot press bright paper 330 gsm with two color silk screen print overlays.
Eric Timothy Carlson (b. Walnut Creek, California) is an artist and designer who attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he began to be involved in the Midwestern DIY art and music scene. Carlson’s work spans drawing, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. He often collaborates with other artists, designers, musicians, and dancers. His work centers around symbols and iconography, deeply rooted in the human psyche, which he views as having the ability to slice into language. He often begins with a collection of images, objects and theories which he then uses to generate many sketches and drawings. From these disparate signifiers, Carlson creates sculptures, densely layered paintings, and graphic designs which often take the form of an intuitive, grid-like structure. The resulting work invites viewers to inquire into the space between signifiers, searching for enigmatic relationships around themes of discord, technology, and the degradation of language. Eric Timothy Carlson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Eric Timothy Carlson has taught and lectured at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His work has been nominated for a Grammy for album design. Carlson has received solo exhibitions at Fischer Parrish Gallery and Pioneer Works in New York.