Once again, pieces from Removed are finding their way into another country. The exhibition HELLO, ROBOT. DESIGN BETWEEN HUMAN AND MACHINE curated by AMELIE KLEIN, THOMAS GEISLER, MARLIES WIRTH, and FREDO DE SMET runs from January 23 - April 22, 2019 at Museum Art Architecture Technology in Lisbon, Portugal.
In the early spring of 2016, amidst the media blitz of the 2016 Presidential Election, I noticed something very strange happening online. All across the United States, Facebook users, some real some fake, were creating event invitations for obscure and hard to believe public concerts in unlikely places. The first to catch my attention was “Fred Durst LIVE at Rose's Department Store”. Thousands had RSVP’d and many commented, shared, and argued about the veracity of the event. I knew I needed to show up. The day of the event I made portraits of the those who showed up. The fake event sparked a several months journey for me as I attended dozens more of these events across the country that summer. The project as I could sense was touching on one of the real world examples of how the uncharted territory of social media was falsely shifting peoples opinions, beliefs and even actions. More of the series NoShow can be viewed here.
The day before the 2016 Presidential election I was interviewed on the BBC’s technology program Click and months later the project was introduced as a major solo exhibition in Merignac France for the Merignac Photographic Festival in 2017.
Most recently, one of the images from NoShow was selected for a group exhibition here in my home state. I am excited that the photograph “Hoods Up, 2016” will be on display in large format for the 5th Edition of EYES on MAIN Street in Wilson, NC. The festival officially opens April 27th, 2019 and I’m so excited to be showing at this exhibition once again.
I am honored to be the recipient of the 2019 ASC Regional Artist Project Grant! I will use the funds to purchase an updated scanner for my studio as well as more sheet film to continue and finalize my Removed Series.
Exhibitions - Current and Past
Here I Live / Media Congress
Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
NoShow - Merignac Photographic Festival
Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine
neo:gallery / Bolton, Greater Manchester, UK
Eyes on Main Street
CASSILHAUS, Chapel Hill, NC
Several pieces from my Holder Series are currently on display at Cassilhaus as part of the group exhibition Diapositive. The exhibition will be up during the Click! Photography Festival and I will give a shared artist talk with the incredibly hardworking and prolific artist and friend of mine, Amy Herman on October 17th, 2018. Information to RSVP for the event is listed both on the Click! and Cassilhaus website.
Mumbai, Kolkata, Shillong, Rishikesh, New Delhi, India
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Below are photographs from my exhibition of the project NoShow at the Merignac Photographic Festival in Merignac, France. The exhibition took place at the Médiathèque in the center of the city. I was thrilled to be able to attend the festival, spend more time with Francois Cheval as well as the additional exhibiting artists and the hundreds of wonderful people who supported the festival.
Here is an interview with me that the festival put together about my thoughts on photography and the exhibition.
Interview Erick Pickersgill - Mérignac Photographic Festival 2017
Les faux évènements Facebook, vous connaissez ? Eric Pickersgill, l'un des artistes du Mérignac Photographic Festival, les as traqués et vous présente son travail à la Médiathèque jusqu'au 17 décembre à travers l'exposition photo "No Show". #MPF2017Posted by Mérignac on Friday, November 24, 2017
Finally updated my followers and base supporters with news from my studio this year. This is an example of waiting too long to let people know whats been going on...Read More
Two dads sitting around talking about photography, fakenews, and Fred Durst.Read More
Tomorrow night a preview of the festival will be unveiled in Paris. More information about the festival can be found here: http://merignac-photo.com