B. 1973 MEXICO
There is a certain sadness inherent in the designs that I see left abandoned on sidewalks and walls. It’s true that I don’t notice every stain on the ground, but the ones I do notice are usually in places that have a significance in my life.
The subject matter varies from the sentimental to the quotidian. One of my paintings was inspired from the textures I photographed on the side of the church where my grandmother got married in Mexico City. Another one was created from the stains on the sidewalk outside of the place where I get my coffee every day. My work is rooted in these designs and inspirations. I photograph the designs and use them as the foundation for my work. As soon as they are projected onto a canvas and given color, these remnants have the chance to become new again; to be seen and heard. They tell the story of how they came to be; they bear witness to events that had been relegated to the past. A moment in someone’s story, which was once forgotten, and often overlooked, has the opportunity to be again.
CV -ERIKA GEHRINGER
University of the Arts, Art Education Department, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Arts in Teaching Visual Arts. Graduated December 2005.
Ramapo College of New Jersey, School of Contemporary Arts, Mahwah, NJ
Bachelor of Arts: Painting/Drawing Major. Graduated May 1996.
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, NY, July 22-25, 2021
Empathy is Constructed, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, April - June,2021
Wonderlost Solo Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, February– March, 2021
The Conversation Continues, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, September 26th - November 15th, 2021
Window Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, June, 2020
Different Visions Group Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, December 2020
Conversations, Art Times Two Gallery, Princeton, NJ, May - October, 2019
Inspired: Small Works by Gallery Artists, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Dec. – Jan., 2019
Curtis Art Show, Curtis Building, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018
Handwritten Solo Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, July 4 - 29, 2018
Muse @40 Group Show, Muse Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, December 2017
Westfield Gala, Cinnaminson, NJ, May 2017
Through a Woman’s Eye, Haddonfield Fortnightly, Haddonfield, NJ, February 2017
Philly Arts Collective, Philadephia, PA, January 22, 2017
Lume Creative Solo Show, Philadelphia, PA, July, 2016
Haddonfield Middle School, Haddonfield, NJ, Art Teacher, 2007-Current
Art in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Artist in Residency, 2006
Muse Gallery • Member • 2017-current
A Million Smocks • Co-Founder • 2005
Non-profit organization devoted to providing free art supplies and/or free art instruction
to underprivileged individuals.
NAEA/PAEA • Member since 2004