Hey friends! Lots has happened in the months since my last posting. The good news is, lots of good news!
First, I'm so psyched to report that I’ve been getting some juicy press coverage as of late!
Check out recent features in: Lost at E Minor, Juxtapoz, Art-Sponge and Visual Revolution. Big shout-outs and heaps of gratitude go out to all the good people working behind the scenes to make these dynamic publications happen, and to support me and so many other artists out there working their tails off to make the world more beautiful! :)
Big love and heartfelt thanks as well to the awesome blogs run by individual artists and art enthusiasts all over the world who have been blogging and reblogging my images, including B.J. Rathur's Artfumes. com, photographer Cesar Caron's Fotoblog, Robot Heart, Peepingbird, and others. You rock...I so appreciate each and every one of you. :)
SOCIETY 6…NEW ONLINE STORE. I am super psyched to announce the launch of my Society6.com store. That’s right, at long last, I have a real for true, made to order, online store! Check it out...you can order prints of my work (framed, lots of choices of size and painting, and lots of cute frame choices!), stretched canvases, groovy iphone cases (that are looking amazing...they're my favorite), laptop covers, and soon, t-shirts and hoodies. How fun is that?! :)
COVETOSITY: ART & OTHER IDOL WORSHIP. Featuring my very favorite in art and design, my newly launched blog, Covetosity: Art & Other Idol Worship, is located right here at ericasteiner.com. It will be image-driven, a simple, daily (or quasi-daily) offering of art and design that I find particularly covetous and amazing. Sourced by my endless pinteresting, and the years before that of obsessively bookmarking the beautiful things that I find online, this blog has me feeling particularly impassioned...I'm so excited to share all the covetousness with you! You can subscribe to my RSS feeds at the bottom left of my site, and follow me for regular links to new postings from my twitter and facebook pages.
SOLO SHOW. In the studio, I am working on finishing up a few last new pieces for my upcoming solo show at Gallery 160 at St. Mary's College in Moraga. I don't have dates yet, but it will be sometime this spring...will post details soon. Stay tuned…it’s gonna be awesome…
GAWKER. In other news: I have been selected to be among the ranks of the awesomely curated Gawker Artist Collective. That’s right: I am a gawker artist…I gawk! Gawker is amazing, and I’m really honored. For more information about them and their multifaceted, multifarious activities, check them out here.
NEW WORKS…IN THE STUDIO.Also working on a big, crazy, all-consuming new series of paintings...scroll down for a few teasers of works in progress...
SOCIAL MEDIA…JOIN, FOLLOW, LIKE. I’ve been actively cultivating my social media-ness, having dug into twitter and pinterest with much gusto, and having expanded my facebook accessibility and presence with a new fan page. Come join me, friend me, like me,follow me…and let me join, friend, like you too!
ALL THIS AND SO MUCH MORE is in the works right now…it’s a very exciting time, and I can’t wait to share all that is unfolding with my peeps! For now, keep in touch, and thanks so much for coming along for the ride.
If you haven't had a chance to see my solo show at Edgar Varela Fine Arts, there's still time!
The show will be up through April 9th, with a (just added) closing reception that very last night of the show. Aaron and I will be road warrioring down once again to be there...come see us if you're in the area!
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2011, 5-8 pm
Where: Edgar Varela Fine Arts on Gallery Row
727 S. Spring St. in downtown LA
For more details: edgarvarela.com or call the gallery: 213-604-3634
The show will also be on view this week during the gallery's regular hours: Wed-Sat, noon-6pm.
For more information on the show (images, artist statement, etc.), check out the blog post before this one, "EVFA SOLO SHOW."
Heaven is Not the Wide Blue Sky
A Solo Exhibition by Erica Steiner
March/April 2011, Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Reception: Saturday March 12th, 6-10pm (details below)
Heaven is not the wide blue sky, but the place where corporeality is begotten in the House of the Creative. -Lu Yen
My newest series of oil and gold leaf paintings, Heaven is Not the Wide Blue Sky, explores a collective longing to touch and know realms beyond, to transcend both time and existential uncertainty in the face of rapid environmental degradation on a globally unprecedented scale. The work dwells at the psychic intersection of imagined, archetypal pasts and paradoxically playful yet apocalyptic futures, at once seeking to confront the gravity of our current human predicament and simultaneously seeking refuge in the pursuit of deeper patterns and rhythms that pulse beneath the surface of all life, imbuing the material world with ecstatic beauty and life force.
Incorporating elements of landscape, ornamentation and abstraction, the paintings employ a highly detailed visual language drawn from a wide range of influences, including traditional Indian, Tibetan Buddhist and Aboriginal painting, psychedelic art, contemporary graphic design, Japanese landscape painting, medieval Catholic illuminated manuscripts, mid-century modernism, Mexican folk art, and Victorian fashion. The work is rendered in oil and gold leaf on canvas, in series of fifteen to twenty paintings, painted in many layers, over time.
Reception: Saturday, March 12th, 6-10 pm
Show runs March 12th-April 9th, 2011
Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Los Angeles
727 S. Spring St. (downtown LA on gallery row)
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to six pm
More sneak peaks of new work (detail shots) below:
Just poking my head out from the studio this dark, chilly January day to to share some good news.
First, I just received word that I have been accepted into the Bay Area Visual Arts Network (BayVAN) Artist Registry for 2011. The registry of 100 artists is apparently the exclusive pool from which artists are selected for a number of curatorial goings-on throughout the year, at Oakland's Branch Gallery and at events curated by Branch Gallery around the Bay Area). I'm honored to have been selected for inclusion in the registry, and am looking forward to the opportunities that this inclusion might bring to bear in the coming year. Check out http://bayvan.org/index.php for more information.
In other news, I remain totally engrossed in finishing up the work for my upcoming solo show at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in downtown LA. The show runs March 12th-April 9th, 2011; RECEPTION IS SATURDAY, MARCH 12TH, 6-10 pm, EVFA, 727 S. Spring St, Downtown LA, on Gallery Row. In the meantime, if you have any spare light, creative energy or general, good-willed gusto, I hope you'll consider sending it my way. I am working HARD to pull this one off, but the good news is, it's happening, and the work is looking beautiful!
As always, I am full of gratitude for the incredible love and support I receive daily. May 2011 be a wildly creative and fantastically happy new year for all!
Detail shots of new work to be included in the EVFA show:
Come on down y'all, free opening reception this Saturday night, October 9th; Auction Oct. 21st...this is a great event filled to the rafters with the work of some of the Bay Area's finest talent, benefitting a fabulous organization that does great good in our community. Tickets to the auction are expected to be sold out...get yours soon...
2010 Auction Artwork by (L to R, Top to Bottom) Julie Garner, Kate Stirr, Randall Heath, Seza Bali, Sarah Ratchye, Nadin Sabella, Mary Ann Kluth, Susie Grant, Lisa Espenmiller, Katie Dorame, Erica Steiner, Scott Tsuchitani, Christopher Reiger, Timothy Berry, Melissa Hutton, Jessalyn Haggenjos
Proceeds benefit local emerging artists, and our free after school art classes for Bay Area youth.
SAVE THE DATE for an evening of good company, friendly competition, and a chance to support artists & arts education in San Francisco. This Art Auction will present an eclectic mix of quality artwork from over 125 established and emerging local artists. Its a wonderful chance to throw your hand in the air and take home something inspiring but affordable.
6:30-7:30 pm: VIP Reception - Includes early viewing and bidding, complimentary appetizers by Alegria & EOS, specialty cocktails by Rye and MatrixFillmore, live music by Classical Revolution, and a limited-edition screen-printed tote filled with goodies and gifts!
7:30-10:00 pm: Regular Admission/ Silent Auction. Live Music by DJ Chas Gaudi of Shellac Shack.
8:15 pm: Live Auction begins with Bonhams & Butterfields auctioneer Wes Sparling
Live Auction sponsored by:
Lily Martine Baxter
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik
Lisa K. Blatt
Jon Casey Clary
Adam Whitney Day
Joel D. Frudden
Julie V. Garner
Amy M. Ho
Kelly Falzone Inouye
Ara H. Jo*
Patricia K. Kelly
Mary Anne Kluth
Molly McCracken Kumar
Conrad M. Meyers II
Susan Lynn Smith
Kevin E. Taylor
Mr. Ben Venom
Hannah Pearl Walcott
*Root Division Resident Artist
For more info or in-kind sponsorship opportunities, call 415-863-7668 or email email@example.com
I am hugely proud and excited to announce that my dear friend/soul sister and brilliant aesthetician, Sarah Becker (pictured below) has just opened her own business, Sarah Becker Skincare, in the Marina District of San Francisco, and will be featuring rotating exhibitions of my paintings in her waiting room on an ongoing basis. Sarah is an incredibly gifted aesthetician with a profound and healing touch (I cannot recommend her highly enough--her facials are otherworldly), and her space is amazing...elegant/ ecclectic/ funky/ sublime...the most natural and gracious of habitats for my work. I'm so excited to be collaborating with her in this way.
Sarah Becker Skincare is located at 3212 Fillmore Street between Lombard and Greenwich, located on the 22 Fillmore and 43 Masonic bus lines, and is just around the corner from a large parking garage. Check out sarahbeckerskincare.com for more info or call 415-447-6159.
Sarah, chilling in the gaw-geous egg chair, in the reception area of Sarah Becker Skincare.
I also have a number of gigs coming up in the coming weeks and months--including group shows in San Francisco, Marin and Monterey, and solo shows in LA and Portland--check out my events calendar for a comprehensive listing. Thanks so much for your interest and support of my work!
Peace, love and yummy facials,
I wanted to take a moment to lovingly invite my peoples (and their art-lovin pals) to attend any and all of my three art openings coming up this weekend, Sept. 10-12th. I plan to be in attendance at all three--a little worse for wear from all the driving, perhaps, but still, most definitely, with bells on--ready to meet new friends, catch up with old ones, and talk shop about my favoritest-ever-thing: ART.
So, if you're fortunate enough to be in any of these lovely Bay Area locales this weekend, the line-up is:
Friday evening at the Alternative Cafe in Monterey;
Saturday evening at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato;
and Sunday at Cabrillo College Art Gallery in Aptos.
For details on each of these shows, scroll down, or click here for my events calendar.
SHOW # 1: MONTEREY- FRIDAY, SEPT. 9TH
"A Trip Worthwhile" will be the largest scale showing of my work this weekend, featuring a dozen or so of my paintings from the Ornamental Worlds series (painted circa 2007-8). (Please note: this show will not be debuting any new work; my current works-in-progress are slated to be released to the public as part of my solo show, Heaven is not the Wide Blue Sky, at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in LA in March, 2011, and will then travel to Portland for a second showing--details TBA--in May/June). Not to dissuade you: this is a strong offering of some of my favorite pieces from the past few years, part of a strikingly well curated group show...definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. (Update: at the end of its run, the show will move to a second location, the brand new Echo Gallery on Cannery Row, just down from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, in October/November. Details to come.)
Public Reception: Sept 10, 2010; Exhibition runs September 10-October 6, 2010
1230 Fremont Blvd., Seaside, CA
thealternativecafe.com for more info.
SHOW #2: NOVATO, CA, SATURDAY, SEPT. 10TH
"Speaking of Solitude" is a large group show (in which each artist, including myself, has contributed just one piece). Held in the beautiful galleries of the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, an ornate Spanish Colonial building and the former headquarters of Hamilton Air Force base, now Novato Center for the Arts, the show is curated by Marina Madua, Director of the SFMoMA Artist Gallery.
"Speaking of Solitude" Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11, 5-7pm
Exhibition runs September 4-October 3, 2010
Marin MOCA is located at the Novato Arts Center at Hamilton Field, 500 Palm Drive, Novato, CA
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-4pm, closed Monday, admission free
MarinMoca.org for more info
SHOW #3: APTOS, CA, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH
A group show at Cabrillo College Art Gallery curated by the illustrious Ruth Braunstein and Shannon Trimble of Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco.
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 12- 3:00-5:00 pm
Exhibition runs August 30-September 24, 2010
Cabrillo College Room 102, Building 1000, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, CA
For more information on any of these shows, you may contact the galleries, or me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. All information is available on the events calendar section of my website, /events-calendar/.
As always, thank you so much for your ongoing support. I hope to see you this weekend!
Man o man, time flies when you're down the rabbit hole! Somehow I have neglected to share any news since springtime...not quite sure how it happened. The good news is that there is much good news, beginning with incredible progress and energy in the studio (a.k.a. the rabbit hole), as I gear up for my solo show next March (2011) at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in downtown LA (where I will be debuting a batch of brand new work, the fruit of two-plus intensive years of work). I am happy to report that as the series in progress nears completion, I am finding it beneficial to paint less and rest more, in order to renew my ability to see and grasp the work in its final stages. Today is one of those days of necessary rest (following a very intensive week), a lazy Saturday which I am happily spending watching the wild, gray Pacific ocean, and now, updating my blog, from the quiet space in between.
I'm happy to report that there are some exciting events coming up in the next few months. First, I just received word that I will have a piece in the upcoming group show in September/October, "Sounds of Silence" at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. The show is curated by Maria Madua, Director of SFMOMA's rental gallery in Fort Mason, San Francisco, and I am really happy and honored to be taking part. Dates are Sept. 4- Oct. 3, 2010; reception date is September 11, 5-7pm. For more info/details, check out my events calendar or MarinMoca.org.
I'm equally psyched to report that my painting, "Second Impermanence Tree" was chosen by curators Ruth Braunstein and Shannon Trimble of the illustrious Braunstein/Quay Gallery in San Francisco to be included in the upcoming exhibition "California" at the Cabrillo College Art Gallery.
Cabrillo happens to be located in Aptos, my former hometown and a place very near and dear to my heart, and I am really looking forward to having my Santa Cruz peeps at the reception! So, friends, mark your calendars fo Sunday, Sept. 12, 3-5; and, if you're not able to make it, the show runs August 30-September 24, 2010. All info, including gallery hours, is available at the Cabrillo College Art Gallery website: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/artgallery/ .
If you're hankering to see more of my work in one place (the paintings DO talk to each other, I have been told), I have a larger show coming up in September/October at The Gallery at The Alternative Cafe, an unassuming but hip little joint tucked away in the foggy Monterey Bay that has managed in its time to be a draw to some of my favorite artists anywhere.
I will have ten pieces in the show (give or take), alongside the work of four talented artists, Gene Guynn, Jason Snyder, Christopher Polentz, and Patrick "Star27" Deignan. The public reception is Friday, September 10th; details are on my events page, and at thealternativecafe.com.
In other news, I was invited to participate in the ninth annual art auction and preview exhibition at Root Division, a truly unique and wonderful artist residency and arts education space/ gallery in the Mission District of San Francisco. This event offers an opportunity to score some really great art for cheap, while benefiting the community. Here is a taste of what will be on offer:
I donated the piece below, "Horizontal Tapestry (Blue and Orange)" to the auction; retail value: $800...reserve price: $100...an opportunity to score a piece of my work for a steal (and consider yourself a do-gooder in the process)...
All the auction festivities take place in October (a preview opening, 10 day exhibition, and the auction event); check out my events calendar or the Root Division website for details.
Turning to the blogosphere, my work was featured this month in the online forum for the now shuttered but still digitally thriving gallery Eclectix.
The write-up describes this month's feature as a "web-only group exhibition of flora and fauna related art, some new, some not- but all are exceptional pieces. For your environmental inspiration." It is quite the visual feast; check it out here.
I was also pleased to have discovered my work highlighted this month in the blog of New Zealand artist Anne-Sophie Adelys, an honor considering her own striking work.
Check out her blog here, and definitely don't miss her website.
In the longer term, I will continue to be in mad scientist mode in the studio, cooking up the work for my solo show at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in March and April 2011 (EVFA is located on gallery row--fifth street in downtown Los Angeles). This show should be amazing, and I am SO excited about it! On the heels of the EVFA solo show, it looks like I will be heading to Portland, Oregon, for a second solo show...I will announce details when the stars align; for now, it looks like May or June. Many thanks to curator Martha Wallulis for her enthusiasm and support.
Until the next time, thanks to all of you for your patience, love and support as I spend the time and effort it takes to translate the ethereal into matter...
One (and many) loves,
I'm so happy to announce that I have been invited to participate in the upcoming group show, Reawakening, at Lana Santorelli Gallery in New York City this March/April. If you're in NYC, I hope you'll stop by and check it out, and feel free to drop me a message or a comment (pics and video always welcomed too) and tell me your impressions of the show. Love to all, and many thanks for your ongoing support.
110 W 26th Street, NYC 212.229.2111
Spring, we’ve missed you! As ice melts and tulips begin to crack through thawing earth, Lana Santorelli Gallery’s next exhibition steps into the sunshine. Reawakening is a song of praise for the vibrant life force that resuscitates the natural world.
Exhibiting Artists: Jamie Allen, Joan Barker, Christian DaSilva, Eyal Dinar, Patricia Fabian, Jimmy Fike, Beverly Gardner, Allison Green, Jenna Lucente, Eti Esther Naor, Hyun Yi Park, Lana Santorelli, Erica Steiner, Junko Sugimoto, and Damian VanCamp
Lana Santorelli Gallery is pleased to host an opening reception for Reawakening on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 from 6-9 pm at its gallery space at 110 W 26th Street. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 11am – 7 pm. Reawakening runs through Saturday, May 1st, 2010. For high resolution images or other questions, please contact the gallery at 212.229.2111 or email@example.com.
My current series of paintings will be on display at 2223 Market (2223restaurant.com) in the Castro in SF through March...check it out...reception January 20th (5:30-7).
Stay tuned for solo shows featuring new work (works now in-progress), at Mina Dresden Gallery on Valencia in SF, and at Edgar Varela Fine Arts in LA, later in 2010 (dates TBA).
Click the thumbnail below for details:
The opening to this show was a blast! So many wonderful people, old friends and new...thanks so much to all who came out. The venue was gorgeous, chocolate brown walls, incredible lighting, flowers spiraling to the ceiling (echoing my paintings uncannily), a perfect visual environment for the work. I highly encourage anyone in need of a little visual/ culinary loving (the food is delectable) to stop by for a little lunch or din din...the show is up through March.
Many thanks, again, to the show's curator, Matt McKinley, and to the good people at 2223 Market for their support and generosity.
This show was such a gas last weekend that it was extended and another reception scheduled for this coming Friday, December 18th, 2009. A great collection of artists and very buyable, giftable work at low low prices. Come on by!
Roque Ballesteros, Frank Kozik
Aaron Castro, Clam Lynch
David Choong Lee, Erena Shimoda
Charlene Kelly, Patrick Ma
Jenna Colby, Sho Murase
Sheri DeBow, Isabel Samaras
Erica Steiner, Missy Feigum
Jennie Taylor, Michael Fleming
Kelly Thompson, Lisa Mei Ling Fong
Lil Tuffy Tuffington, Gabriela Halsey,
Come on out to a groovy group show at 63 Bluxome Street Gallery, San Francisco, Friday night, Dec. 11, 7-11pm. All work in the show priced according to the dictates of recession chic, $200 and under. Good artists, good art (I saw it today), good people. I have three very sweet teen-iny pieces from days of yore at a criminally low discount, one night only. 63 Bluxome Street Gallery is located south of Market...you guess the address. See you there.
Artists on board include:
David Choong Lee
This is kind of a last minute posting, but I wanted to let you all know that my painting, "Time and Distance (with Orange Mountains)" will be up for bidding at Root Division's 8th Annual Art Auction, this Thursday night. The painting, regularly valued at $960, will have a reserve price of a mere $40! Chances are, you can bring it home for a steal. All proceeds benefit Root Division and its arts and education programs.
For more info on the event and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
About Root Division:
"Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation. We provide subsidized studio space to working artists in exchange for their service in creating shared learning opportunities for the community. Artists develop creatively and professionally by teaching art to underserved youth, leading adult education classes, and producing exhibitions that showcase local emerging artwork. By combining multiple opportunities for creative exchange, Root Division cultivates an artistic ecosystem that enriches life throughout the Bay Area."
Just poking my head out from my studio to let my friends know where I've been, and where I'll be, for the next few months: in mega-work mode to deliver my next series, which I am SOOOO excited about! The work will debut at a solo exhibition at Mina Dresden Gallery in San Francisco in spring of 2010 (most likely in May...will update my events calendar when I know the exact month), and then will travel down to Edgar Varela Fine Arts in LA for a solo exhibition at EVFA's new gallery space on Miracle Mile (again, dates will be posted as they are nailed down).
In the meantime, there are shows underway featuring my most recent series (including a four-person show at Eclectix Gallery in Berkeley in March, 2010), and some groovy other happenings this winter, including the release of a book by UK author Laura Curran featuring inspiring, artsy-fartsy women (including yours truly), the pending release of a line of shmingy-skins (skins for ipods, blackberries, and other star trek equipment), and the release of a Roxy snowboard for women and girls, based on my painting, Crossing of the Sun.
So yeah, lots of fun stuff in the works. Stick around.
I'm very pleased to announce that my work will be on display at the CA-Boom Design Show in Beverly Hills, June 26-28, 2009, along with a lineup of designers, artists and architects representing the vanguard of their industries...should be awesome!
Check it out:
Many thanks to Edgar Varela Fine Arts for representing my work at this event.
Yo yo yo!
Check out this beautiful online magazine: http://adistinctivestyle.com/, which has featured my work in their March, 2009 edition. The feature is on pages 34-35, which you can scroll to directly, or go to the second page, where there's an all-visual table of contents; click on the image of my painting on the wall, left of the gal with the zoolander pose...
I will post the feature under my interviews and press archive soon for posterity...
While you're there, do yourself a favor and take some time to peruse; there is so much beauty, so much inspiration in the magazine...I was actually moved to tears.
Many thanks to A Distinctive Style's publisher, Denise Marie for her kindness, support and enthusiasm for my work.
Big love to all,
P.S. Info re: upcoming shows in March/April 2009... at Continental Gallery in LA and Eagle Rock Center for the Arts in LA, as well as other current news, is in the next entry: Love, Limericks and LA LA Land...and in the events calendar section, stage left. Mmmmm good.