Eric Zimmerman uses drawing, sculpture and the archive to explore the legacies of utopian concepts of architecture and geography. His most recent graphite drawings included in Texas Draws I – a recent exhibition at the Southwest School of Art and Craft – are large indexes of visual information that include Thomas Jefferson, butterfly specimens, and an atomic bomb crater in the New Mexico desert. These exquisitely crafted images are combined with oblique abstract constructions and texts like, “REMEMBER THAT NOWHERE CAN BE HERE,” taken from a letter from Roberto Matta to Gordon Matta-Clark. The result is a collage of information that serves as an atlas for his interests, making reconfigured source material the work itself. Taking this idea further into the realm of archive as art, Zimmerman created The Historian and The Astronomer V, a book featuring re-photographed photos, texts, and documents combined with an audio program and video on an iPod.
Other recent projects by Zimmerman include Observatory/Projector (Metropolis), a mashup model of modernist architecture which projects a constellation of glowing abstract form on the ceiling and walls around it. This combination of hard edged geometries of form, evocative of the Crystal Palace and Tatlin’s Monument to The Third International (both frequent subjects of Zimmerman’s drawings) and soft focused celestial space, has been shown at Art Palace in Austin. Two other pieces in this series were shown at Centro De Cultura de Nuevo, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and at the Austin Museum of Art.
Eric Zimmerman is an artist and writer who received his MFA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BFA from The Cleveland Institute of Art. His work was recently part of In Real Time, an ASDF Makes project, at Capricious Space in NYC and Golden Age in Chicago. In May of 2010 he will be in a two-person exhibition at Art Palace Gallery in Austin, TX with Los Angeles based artist Emilie Halpern.