Erika Keck's works start with the traditional formal notions of a painting as an anchor point then quickly depart from there, interjecting a sense of play and inquisition by making non-traditional use and misuse of traditional painting materials. The works frequently include pieces of acrylic paint that have been highly layered and reworked, creating multi-textured surfaces and structures that straddle the line between a painting and a sculpture. Though these process-based works of art are highly abstract in their completion they typically begin with personal narratives, anxieties and preoccupations by the artist.
Erika Keck (1976, Albuquerque, NM) is a sculptor and painter living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the University of New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and cultural institutions all over the US: Labor Gallery, Mexico City (2015), envoy enterprises (2013, 2011), FirePlace Project, Hamptons, New York (2011 and 2014), Die Like You Mean It, Group Show, Allegra LaViola Gallery, New York, New York (2011), LineUp, Sugar Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2011), Volta Solo Exhibition, New York, NY (2011), Gloria Hole, group show. Visceral Logic, Sugar Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2011), Small Works For Big Change, New York, New York (2011), BUSHWACK, group show, POP-UP GALLERY, Brooklyn, New York (2010), Buy What You Love, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York (2010), HellzaPoppin, Group Show, PS122, New York, New York (2009), Love Toy Art Show, Group Show, Museum of Sex, New York City (2009), O.T.K., Group Show, STARR space, Brooklyn (2009), Group Exhibition, Steve Ellis Space, New York, New York (2006), Reconfigured, Group Exhibition, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2002), Art Chicago, Richard Levy Gallery, Chicago, IL (2002). Press includes: Art in America, Artcards, Artcat, Diane Pernet Blog, paper Monument, The L Magazine and Whitehot Magazine.