ERIN GLEASON

Born in Buffalo, aged in Philadelphia, and seasoned in Australia, Scotland, and NYC, 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? My work delves into how we experience various "tugs" in knowledge and truth—tugs between measurement and lived experience, thinking and feeling, control and freedom, the rational and the sensuous. I explore how these tugs play out in our relationship to language, time, the feminine, history/myth, and place. Drawing from my current research in philosophy and nearly 20 years working in architecture/design, I work in multiple mediums from drawing, photography, data visualization, installation, and sculpture to public art, interactive events, curating, and writing. The writer Parker Palmer describes “a third thing" as 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 that through its beauty, seduces us to pause, wonder, contemplate, and converse, embracing possibilities beyond "the way things are.”

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Based in NYC + Athens

Recent:
– Art & Writing Residency: Piraeus, Greece 2019–2020
– 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