Erik Foss is an American artist who at 12 began making art after a neighborhood bartender who was also an illustrator gave him exercises in drawing. He grew up in the skateboarding and underground music scene and is influenced by his childhood experiences, music, literature, politics, pop culture and everyday street occurrences in New York City where he lives and works. Many of his creations are collage based or mixed media with oil on canvas. One such painting is in the permanent collection of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. His artistic inspirations are many. They include Cy Twombly, Kiki Smith, Richard Serra, Agathe Snow, Ryan McGinley, Kara Walker, Mark Gonzales, Bast, Terence Koh, Yayoi Kusama, R. Crumb, Nan Goldin, Maurizio Cattelan and Weegee among others. From 2002 until 2015 Erik also owned Fuse Gallery in the Lower East Side where his first exhibition, a solo show by H.R. Giger was followed by numerous exhibitions for renown New York City artists.
“In that devastating, delirious moment when the momentum of emotions catch up to the destiny of their consequences when the proverbial tires hit the road and the rub attains a velocity that chafes pleasure, the sensory subsumes the rational and everything becomes a bit of a blur. Ecstatic or traumatic, it hardly matters, for such an instant is always ultimately about nothing more than the loss of self to the imperative of situation. In the stretching of beauty beyond its anatomical frame, the scarring of the visual plane with the incendiary violence of vice, the hurling of surrogate sexuality against the certainty of futility, or simply the fathoming of our terror in the shadows of our uncertainty, Erik Foss conjures the uncanny blur of events as a kind of fetishist abstraction. Creating conceptually driven action paintings in which the impact of obsession fractures the figurative and narrative alike, Foss maps psychological distortions as visceral facts with the forensic acuity of a visionary deviant. ”