Category Archives: Erik Foss

Erik Foss in the House

In the House

Erik Foss just flew in from NYC armed with dozens of vintage frames and insane asylum accessories. A straight jacket, chains, a cloth mask now hang above his mixed media paper pieces and paintings in Gallery Three. They await your visit to the opening reception of Unseen on TV taking place tomorrow (Nov 14) from 7-11pm at Gallery Three.

Erik Foss and Steve MacDonaldErik Foss with Ramblin Worker

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

Erik Foss at Gallery Three

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by Erik Foss

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This collection of work is as personal as it gets. Each piece relates to a relationship in Erik’s past or present, and possibly even his future. Some of the stories are of tragedy, rage, or seduction while others are softly inviting. Come see Unseen on TV in person to understand Erik Foss from the inside out.

Opening reception: Saturday, November 14th 7-11pm at Gallery Three

We’ll see you there!


Press Release: Erik Foss at Gallery Three

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Gallery Three is proud to present Unseen on TV new works by Erik Foss on Saturday, November 14th 2009. This overflowing, compulsive accumulation of works mirrors the chaotic conditions in which they have been made. Unseen on TV symbolizes the irony of our culture’s founding beliefs and ideologies, revealing America uncensored. Please join us at Gallery Three for the opening reception on Saturday, November 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm.

Seemingly naïve perceptions of sex, religion and politics are represented in the form of collage, combined to form a disordered setting for Erik Foss’ new exhibition, Unseen on TV. This collection is fueled by a sociological deviance from American culture, while at the same time reflecting the cultures very ideals. Foss’ raw collages on distressed paper are an assembled collection of antique pornography and photographs, dating as late as the 1800’s. Erotic cut out hearts cover the faces of stoic portraits, questioning the distinction between offensive vs. provocative or private vs. public concern. Manipulating American history and politics with fearful symmetries and collective despair, Foss dares to push the boundaries of relative understanding.

Erik Foss has been living and working in downtown Manhattan for over twelve years. This will be his second solo show at Gallery Three in San Francisco. He has also shown in several New York galleries including White Box, Dietch and Jonathan Levine, as well as The Contemporary Art Museum in Chicago, Collette in Paris and V1 Gallery in Denmark.

Unseen on TV exposes what is normally ignored, the taboos of human existence and the sort of things you can’t see on TV. The truth. Please join us at Gallery Three for the opening reception on Saturday, November 14th 2009 from 7-11 pm. This exhibit is on display through December 5th 2009 and is open to the public.

Travel Diary: Chris Blackstock x Erik Foss

We already got a piece of Chris Blackstock’s trip to NYC in his first travel diary entry describing a Jonathan Levine Gallery opening. Here goes Part II straight from Chris:
In the Lower East Side of Manhattan one man works in solidarity to break down the constructs of society into its real nature of blood, lust, and guts… or at least that’s what some homeless dude told me. Erik Foss has established himself in this city as a gallery owner, bartender, club owner, artist, and all around awesome guy to know. He was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule to show me around his studio while I was visiting NYC.

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Like the postcard? It’s just another wonderful contribution from Ramblin Worker and Treatzone. The attached exhibition, “Joyride,” is part of the 2009 Bicycle Film Festival taking place in New York City on June 18th. The lineup is enticing: Erik Foss, Kelsey Brookes, Maya Hayuk, Ramblin Worker (Steve MacDonald), Cheryl Dunn, and Mike Giant are just a taste.

If you can’t make it out to NYC, be sure to catch Steve MacDonald’s Gallery Three show this October.

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Feliz Dia de las Madres

Between running Fuse Gallery and Lit Lounge in NYC, Erik Foss also finds time to mount his own fine art shows. Now that the curator of “Draw Show” has wrapped up things at The Shooting Gallery, his full attention is on November’s exhibition at Gallery Three. The man who brought us Homeless America last November -a monstrous American flag comprised of homeless signs- is sure to ruffle feathers again. Our internet stalking unearthed these promising images of Erik’s new works, and there’s plenty more to come.

Feliz Día de las Madres
“R.I.P. Sean M”

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NY I Love You, but…


New York is difficult to fence in. It’s offensively arrogant and perplexingly tolerant. Erotically alluring and nauseating repulsive. An oxygen tank for thoughts, and quicksand for illusions. Sentimental Samaritan and merciless lyncher. Empty talk at predictable receptions, and genuine interest in unlikely situations. Voluptuous muse, and flat canvas. Cool business card, target oriented CV, brief acquaintance, entertaining fuck, miserable marriage, harmonic partnership and lifelong friendship. –V1 Gallery

Copenhagen is about to get a dose of NYC, and all the mind-blowing artists that come with the beloved city. “The New Yorkers” opens May 1st at V1 Gallery, showcasing works by Erik Foss (“DRAW Show” curator), KAWS, Barbara Kruger, Futura, and many more.

DRAW Show Walkabout

The days are speeding by and DRAW Show‘s stopover at The Shooting Gallery draws near to closing. It seems as though new drawings are being added to the wall every day; every time we walk through the gallery, fresh images emerge from the mass and grab our attention. We did a quick walkabout of the space to give you an idea of the incredible scope of this show. Enjoy.