Karl Erickson is a Brooklyn-based artist from Michigan.  His interests include psychedelia, motivational language, transcendental experiences, science-fiction, raves, repetition, and counter-cultures.  His solo exhibitions include Karl Erickson and Andrew Falkowski, The Suburban, Chicago, IL (2013); 1st One Way, Then Another (with Andrew Falkowski), Box 13, Houston, TX (2012); and Be Almost Miraculous, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA (2009).  His group exhibitions include To Tell The Truth, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Through the Warp, Regina Rex, Queens, NY (2011); and Signify, Sanctify, Believe, The Free Church of Public Fiction, Los Angeles (2011).  He was awarded a residency at the Philadelphia Art Hotel (2010).  Publications include Whitewalls (2011), New City (2009), and Time Out Chicago (2009).  Erickson received his B.F.A. from Wayne State University and his M.F.A. from CalArts.  During his residency on Governors Island, Erickson will work on his project We Could Become Transcendent Apes, an exploration of how motivational language functions,  the compulsion to better ourselves, and an invocation of energy to push us to realize the possibilities of evolution.

Image credit: courtesy of the artist