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Eric Slayton


ARTIST STATEMENT

Everyday, I watch the world around me moving faster and faster. In its chaotic wake, there are places, things and ideas that are inevitably left behind, forgotten. For me it is these very subjects, the flotsam of the changing tides, that merit special attention. I seek out that which has been left behind, and there I find my inspiration.

The items that I concentrate on have slipped out of mainstream culture. I discover them in pockets and on back roads, sometimes only finding the evidence of their passing. I focus on the essence of these materials, the ways in which they describe political or cultural ideas - ideas that cannot be touched, seen or smelled. The objects that I single out in my photographs express, by form or by context, these very intangibles.

All of my visual explorations have the same fundamental components: content, composition, and lighting. The combination of technical and creative layers set the stage for my work's underlying premise: the importance of recognizing the essential beauty found in the mystery of life and the very important role it plays for a healthy and balanced existence. In art as in nature, technical and aesthetic considerations are of equal value, inextricably intertwined.

My perspective has been shaped by my life's path. Beginning with my formal education in the natural sciences and continuing through my work with wild animals and plants, the natural world nurtured me with an ever-flowing stream of inspiration. Scientific study deals with reality on a very analytical level. My concentration on ecology and environmental studies has given me a keen appreciation of the systems that support life.

Just as significant has been a move to rural Vermont. This alone has provided me the inspirational space to explore my creative pursuits and continue to refine my personal vision.

EDUCATION

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2000)
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1983 - 1987)
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (1983 - 1987)
Parsons School of Design, NY and Paris (1984 - 1986)

AWARDS AND HONORS

2001 Columbia County Council on the Arts, Juried Show 1st Prize, Columbia County NY
1994 Santa Cruz Art Council
1993 Columbus Ohio Peace and Justice Coalition

SOLO EXHIBITS

2003 Decorum Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2003 AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH
2002 Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
2001 Putney School Gallery, Putney, VT
2001 Gallery 512, Hudson, NY
2000 Woodard Building, Marlboro, VT
2000 Flat Street Photography, Gallery Brattleboro, VT
1997 Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, NH
1997 NEEEA Conference, Geneva Point, NH
1993 Bay Photography Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
1992 Santa Cruz County Building, Santa Cruz, CA
1991 Doo Wac Gallery, Columbus, OH
1986 White Apple Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1986 The Alternative Space Gallery, Ithaca, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITS

2004 Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NY
2003 Meter Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Frog Hollow Gallery, Manchester, VT
2003 Youngblood Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2002 Albany Centers Gallery, Albany, NY
2002 Bush Gallery, Providence, RI
2002 Young and Constantin Gallery, Wilmington, VT
2001 Great River Arts Institute, Walpole, NH
2001 New England Artists Trust Congress 6, Woodstock, VT
2001 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2000 Thorne - Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH
1998 Thorne - Sagendorph Art Gallery, Keene, NH
1992 Santa Cruz County Art Show, Santa Cruz, CA
1991 Crimes of War Group Show, Columbus, OH
Ithaca College Library, Ithaca, NY

PUBLICATIONS

2003 Vermont Magazine, Middlebury, VT
2002 Secret Address: book of poetry by Wyn Cooper,
2002 SHOTS Magazine, June, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Art New England, April/May, Brighton, MA
2002 Time Out New York, Issue 262,New York, NY
2001 SHOTS Magazine, Winter Issue, Minneapolis, MN
2000 SHOTS Magazine, Spring Issue,Minneapolis, MN
2000 Monadnock at the Millennium, Church and

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