Artist Talk: Saturday, March 23 from 2pm to 4pm
Honfleur Gallery is elated to bring Eric Celarier back for a solo show in Historic Anacostia. Celarier’s work was first showcased in April 2017 as part of Finder-Maker curated by Megan Maher. This DC native received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. As an artist, educator and curator, much of his work can be seen as designing opportunities that allows audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in.
Celarier declares that trash does not lie. It can tell us without passion or prejudice, what us ultimately important to us. His work exploits the testimonial qualities of waste to describe what we actually do.
With years of solo and group exhibits under his belt, Celarier earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Education from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Fine Art in Drawing from the University of Cincinnati and is D1.1 3G Certified in Structural Steel Welding. His work has been reviewed by the Hill Rag, Art Business Institute, Washington City Paper to name a few. In February 2018, Mark Jenkins of the Washington Post wrote a review titled “This quilter doesn’t use fabric or thread for his patchwork”.
Trash does not lie. It can tell us, without passion or prejudice, what is ultimately important to us. Since 1960, the amount of American waste has tripled. Newly invented materials have only compounded our refuse issues. My work exploits the testimonial qualities of waste to describe what we actually do.
Having already established a set of garbage sculptures in the Alternative Evolutionseries that portray creatures adapted to, from, and by a world irrevocably changed by our interaction, I spent the last year developing a companion series to those works in two-dimensions. Like its three-dimensional partner, these Biosphereprints also describe a landscape indelibly changed by human intervention. By placing pieces of trash under silk and gently patting the material with ink to get an impression, these pieces act as a widow into an unpredictable future, in which all lifeforms have transformed to meet the challenges of a world we have remade.When these sculptures and prints are exhibited together, the combination recalls a museum installation with accompanying murals.
By crafting creatures from refuse; I lend form to the idea that all future flora and fauna can be seen as byproducts of our existence.
Eric Celarier was born, lives, and works in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in 1991 and his Master’s in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati in 1997. His work has developed the theme of biological evolution as associated with human impact. As an artist, educator, and curator, much of his work can be seen as designing opportunities that allow audiences to construct personally meaningful understandings of the world we live in. His most immediate activities include: The NoMa Lobby Installation, a solo show curated by Heloisa Escudero, Alternative Evolution, a solo show at Artist & Makers, curated by Judith Heartsong, Finder-Maker, a group show at Honfleur Gallery, curated by Megan Maher in 2017, Trash, and a solo show at VisArts, curated by Susan Main in 2016. He has just finished the DCAC’s Sparkplug Fellowship.
About Honfleur Gallery:
HonfleurGallery.com Established in 2007, Honfleur Gallery is a contemporary fine art exhibition space located in the heart of Anacostia’s Historic District. Honfleur Gallery is a project of ARCH, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creative economy of Historic Anacostia. Learn more at archdc.org.
Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE.