Karl Erickson takes city by storm

The official Karl Erickson photo

The official Karl Erickson photo

Hi my friends,

Long time friend of NoL Karl Erickson has been appointed Director of the DUMBO Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN SHOUTING “YAY” FROM THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS:

Yay, Karl!

Erickson as a clean-faced youth - resembling here perhaps Clark Kent preparing to don his suit of non-aggression and go to work at the newspaper. Or in this case, the Art Center.

Erickson as a clean-faced youth - resembling here perhaps Clark Kent preparing to don his suit of non-aggression and go to work at the newspaper. Or in this case, the Art Center.

Quote from press release:

Erickson says, “I am truly excited about this opportunity to lead DAC into a new era. It is an honor to be entrusted with such a rich, vital organization. DAC will continue to be a place where new art is created and new forms of interaction between artists and audiences initiated. I believe that art is an expansive field that documents where we are as a culture and, more importantly, shapes what we can become. Art can be a force for positive change and a way for us to creatively channel our energies to advance ourselves as a society. The freedom contemporary art offers to explore our potential is unparalleled, and we will delve deeply into this freedom. DAC’s education programs are also an important contribution to the New York art community and we will continue to develop them, including the Artist Opportunity Workshop. I look forward to working with DAC’s dedicated staff, Board and community in the coming year.”

DAC Board Chairman Julie Martin says “We are very excited to have Karl assume the leadership of DAC at this important moment in our history and look forward to working with him as we go forward in our new space. His energy, ideas and experience in working with artists and artists’ spaces will continue DAC’s long history of actively supporting artists and the art community in Dumbo and expand Dumbo’s role as a cultural destination for New Yorkers and the world.”

As you'll see in the next photo Erickson has developed quite a relationship with the banana.

As you'll see in the next photo Erickson has developed quite a relationship with the banana.

I’m lucky that my first year as President of FOCA’s Board coincided with Karl’s term as Director. Using his hugely valuable imagination, energy, diplomatic skills, and considerable charm Karl helped conceptualize FOCA’s Curator’s Laboratory series of exhibitions – a creative and open space for young curators to exhibit their ideas. Thereby putting to rest any possible notion of FOCA as an “old-timey collector’s group.”

On a more personal level Karl helped me with the beginnings of Notes on Looking and he continues to inspire me with his “well, gee – of course I can do that” attitude. True thanks, Karl – look what you’ve unleashed!

Happy, happy Friday to you all and especially to Karl.

With respect and love,

Geoff

Karl Erickson at FOCA, with banana-phone and "request that you wait" finger

Karl Erickson at FOCA, with banana-phone and "request that you wait" finger

Karl Erickson, from the Collages. Link to Erickson's fb page.

Karl Erickson, from the Collages. Link to Erickson's fb page.

Erickson again, this from "Posters and Prints"

Erickson again, this from "Posters and Prints"

Still from April / May, 2009 video installation at Sea and Space, "Be Almost Miraculous" Karl Erickson. Link to exhibition site

Still from April / May, 2009 video installation at Sea and Space, "Be Almost Miraculous" Karl Erickson. Link to exhibition site

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