ERIN GLEASON

Born in Buffalo, aged in Philadelphia, and seasoned in Australia, Scotland, and New York City, a curiosity and love of place has been a constant inspiration since childhood. What began as a desire to "know" place has grown into a wider passion of exploring the art of knowledge. How do we know what we know? How does this knowledge create notions of truth? My work delves into how we experience various "tugs" of resistance in knowledge—tugs between measurement and lived experience, rational thinking and the sensuous (and sensual), and categorization and emotion—and how these "tugs" play out in our visions of truth across language, time, the feminine, history/myth, and of course, place. Drawing from my current research in philosophy and aesthetics and nearly twenty years working in the fields of architecture and graphic design, I work in multiple mediums from drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture to public art commissions, interactive events, curating, and writing.

A "third thing," as described by writer Parker Palmer, is something that “allows us to hold challenging issues metaphorically, where they can’t devolve to the pro-or-con choices forced on us by conventional debate.” For me, this is what art is all about—creating a third thing; a multi-layered space that through its beauty, seduces viewers to pause, wonder, contemplate, and converse while challenging predetermined notions of "the way things are."

...

Based in NYC + Athens

Recent:
– Artist-in-Residence: Studios at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 2019
– Artist-in-Residence: NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY, 2018
– PhD Candidate: Philosophy, Art Theory & Aesthetics at IDSVA