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Eric LoPresti, Chromophore (Knothole, Palette), unique digital print, 2017


Eric LoPresti:   An Ocean of Light

Press Release



12 April  - 26 May 2018


Burning in Water - New York is pleased to present An Ocean of Light - an exhibition of new work by Brooklyn-based artist Eric LoPresti. The exhibition encompasses several types of media, including large paintings on linen, mixed media works on paper and altered digital photographs.

Employing a range of approaches to his theme, Eric LoPresti constructs a multifaceted depiction of the American West that scrutinizes our physical environment within the contexts of both the expansive narrative of the atomic age and the artist’s own personal history. While the globally-transformative story of the development and testing of nuclear weapons suffuses these works, LoPresti’s visual field shifts constantly and seamlessly from the micro- to the macroscopic. As with the infinitely elusive location of a particle in quantum mechanics, LoPresti presents a vision of the American West whose physical characteristics and historical associations defy any attempt to be perceived and comprehended from a fixed viewpoint.


"Most nuclear test sites are underground, even the ones in North Korea. As a culture, we really don't have a good image of what that is. As a painter, when something so important has no visualization in the cultural imagination, that's where I feel like I can step in and bring something to the table." -Eric LoPresti
Video by Reuters 1/26/2018



Eric LoPresti (b. 1971, Denver) makes artwork that examines the imposition of technology upon the environment and the aftermath of the Cold War. His dramatic landscapes juxtapose abstract elements with representations of the vast deserts of the American West, exploring relationships between science, identity, history, and conflict.

Following in the painterly tradition of the apocalyptic sublime, LoPresti’s artistic practice explores how trauma and beauty shape our lives.

LoPresti earned a BA in Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Past awards include the Faber Birren Foundation Award, the Walentas/Two Trees Studio Grant and the Miami Young Painters Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Blooms at Elizabeth Houston Gallery (New York); Blueprint Paintings at the University of Rochester; and No Blue Skies at Kunsthalle Galapagos (New York). His solo exhibition Test Site was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Atomic Test Museum (Las Vegas). Current group shows include Plural at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Site at Youngstown State University. In the fall of 2018, LoPresti will open Superbloom, a large solo exhibition at New Mexico State University. LoPresti’s artwork has been cited in numerous publications, including Artforum, The New York Times and Art in America.