EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART 

Erin Washington March 2-9, 2012.

 Embracing materiality and labor, Erin Washington examines themes of vulnerability and permanence. Questioning how time structures transition in ephemera, EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART features mixed-media paintings and sculptures which unravel time through the performance of their belabored making, and their subsequent degradation. Washington employs fugitive and charged materials (fire, ash, moss, bones and saliva) to depict natural phenomenon. Colors fade or pigments are burned: the objects emulate the cycles they describe. The artists’ actions and products are in a constant state of flux, highlighting the disharmony between meaning, beauty, and a fundamentally messy universe. However, the temporality of the work’s making counters ambivalence; the immediate process and present-ness the work demands eclipses uncertainty… for the moment.

ERIN WASHINGTON Continuing Studies and Special Programs Faculty at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011-present). BA, 2005, University of Colorado, Boulder; MFA, 2011, School of the Art Institute Chicago. Exhibitions: NEXT fair, Chicago; Zola Lieberman, Chicago; Julius Caesar, Chicago; Heaven, Chicago; No Globe, NY; Murdertown, Chicago; Zrobilli Gallery, Chicago; School of Fine Arts, Xochimilco, Mexico. Bibliography: Time Out Chicago, Make Space, Composite Magazine.

THE PLAINES PROJECT partnered with ACRE to host EVERY NOW AND THEN I FALL APART: new works by ERIN WASHINGTON, an installment in ACRE’s year-long series of exhibitions by 2011 ACRE summer residents.