Erik Wysocan
American, born 1977
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Represented by internationally recognized galleries.

History and literature intersect in the wide-ranging work of Erik Wysocan. The artist’s multi-layered installations often begin with a text that inspires a collection of objects as well as an arrangement and display systems to present them, opening dialogues on a themes like value, history, and the role of the art exhibition itself. Wysocan samples freely from moments throughout cultural and technological history, in references ranging from a 1990s German X-ray machine and other relics of the recent past, to ancient counterfeit coins, to a sci-fi novel written in 1733 and set in 1998. These cross-temporal experiments invite viewers to question how technology affects our subjectivity and the reliability of the market system.

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