"To the acute observer no one can produce the most casual work without disclosing the innermost secrets of his soul" -The Moon and Sixpence
2009 BFA in Studio Art, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2019 Group Show Centro de las Artes, Romerias Festival, Hoguin, Cuba
2019 Group Show, La Nube, 13th Biennale de la Habana, San Alejandro Art School, Havana, Cuba
2019 Group Show, De/Construct, Studio Oh! Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
2019 Solo Show, Passengers, Altamira Gallery, Havana, Cuba
2018 Solo Show, I, Voyeur, Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2018 Group Show, Miniatures, Shock Boxx Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA
2017 Solo Show, Stitches, Trunk Gallery, Venice, CA
2017 Group Show, Moments Captured, Beyond the Lines Gallery,Santa Monica CA
2017 Group Show, Spectrum, BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2015Group Show, Back 2 Basics, Exact Science Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015Two-Person Show, Boney Puppy Studio, Los Angeles, CA
2013 Group Show, Pop Up, Blick Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Group Show, Aux Dog Theater, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Group Show, El Marisol Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2012Solo Show, Blank Slate, Upstairs Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2011 Two-Person Show, Winnings, Albuquerque, NM (with photographer Carly Reese)
2011-2013Solo Show, Local Artist Showcase, Flying Star Café, Albuquerque, NM
2010 Solo Show, O’Neill’s Pub, Albuquerque, NM
2010 Solo Show, Tabula Raza, The Union, Athens, OH
2010 Solo Show, Sounds Drop, Athens’ Public Library, Athens, OH
2009Solo Show, Tabula Raza, Arts/West, Athens OH
2008 Permanent Installation, Layers, Joe’s Bar, Albuquerque, NM
2007 Group Show, Santa Fe Salon, Santa Fe, NM
2007Group Show, Land Arts, [A]2 Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Showing people what they don't see even though they see it everyday with fragments inside the metro. On the train you can't pay attention to any one else. It's not safe and it is not comfortable. The way that you ride the train is to be completely isolated. Headphones, a book, a phone call are all elements that keep us in our own worlds, independent from those around us even when we see the same people everyday. Everyone rides in a group together but we make it a point to not see each other. Some of these people I would see twice a dat and I knew where they got off, where they got on, and where they are work.
This work is about acknowledging the humanity that we don't see, but that is part of the texture of our experience. By engaging with these works you have broken the rule to not take interest in these people as I have in taking their picture. I am asking the audience to become a voyeur by creating a forth wall in the space. I spend 2-4 hours a day taking the train around Los Angeles. I take hundreds of photos, always when I am on the train. Searching for characters and narratives that are intriguing once set apart from the everyday course of life using the canvas as a stage for the story to unfold. A world where everyone is playing their character on their individual path, in their separate story, on their unique track that will take them off the train, but for this moment we all share the same space and time. These images are fragments of stories happening in one particular place - the metro. It is the perfect symbol because it is the place of transition, never final the destination.
Everyone that I paint, they come from some place and are going to another, this is just a point of transition. In painting these moments each are slightly stylized and altered. As the creator of the stage, picking the images and how to communicate them through my painting, I manipulate the narrative and draw the audience to the characters with specific imagery. Each person caught in a gesture or a moment of repose chosen from the hundreds of photos taken tells of a specific journey and when blended with the others riding on the train, the audience gets to participate in deciphering the story.
Erica Entrop was born in Roswell, New Mexico and graduated Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with her BFA. While attending the university, she participated in the Land Arts of the American West program through which she was able to being defining her own style working under the guidance of artists Erika Osborne and Bill Gilbert. After completing her studies she began traveling across the united states exhibiting in different locations always continuing to hone her own artistic voice.
While living in Los Angeles, she began to work on her most current body of work. It was through working with a gallery in Santa Monica that she began to develop this theme of public spaces and personal interactions. Traveling on the public transit system in a place like Los Angeles in a unique experience as it is a large city whose population generally does not rely on the trains or buses to get around.
Having traveled to many Countries both first and third world, she was aware of the different relationships that people can have with mass transit systems, especially in places where there is no alternative. After connecting with an artist from Havana, Cuba, she now lives part- time in Cuba creating new works that capture a different perspective on the same theme.