Erik Laffer, American (1982 - )

Born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982, the seventh of eight children. At the age of three, his family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where he lived until he was 14. Then his family moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York. He has been moving ever since.

"Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.

My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of mapmaking, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture.

There’s a popular expression: “you’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.”  While I recognize the truth in this, I also believe there is great value in history and charting where we have been and where we are going. And this is what my Cartography Series represents. After all, some roads—racism, sexism, classism, poverty, and all other forms of oppression and discrimination—are better to understand than experience. " - Erik Laffer


2008
Tom Myott Gallery / Glens Falls, NY
Clement Art Gallery / Troy, NY
Hutson Gallery / Provincetown, MA
Amrose Sable Gallery / Albany, NY
Editions Limited Gallery of Fine Art / Indianapolis, IN
Boston Art – Art Consulting / Boston, MA
Art Expo New York / New York, NY
 
2007
8th Annual Downtown Naples Art Fair / Naples, FL
Flores Fine Art Gallery / Saratoga, NY
Artworx Fine Art Gallery / Saratoga, NY
Lascano Gallery / Gt. Barrington, MA
 
2006
Tom Myott Gallery / Glens Falls, NY
Les Fauves Fine Art Gallery / Schuylerville, NY
Amrose Sable Gallery / Albany, NY
Carrie Haddad Gallery / Hudson, NY
 
2005
Celeste Susany Gallery / Saratoga, NY
Terry Lindsey Gallery / Saratoga, NY
Crimson Moose Gallery / South Glens Falls, NY
Regent St. Gallery / Saratoga, NY
 
2004
Celeste Susany Gallery / Saratoga, NY
 
2003
Celeste Susany Gallery / Saratoga, NY
 
2002
Changing Spaces Gallery / Albany NY
 
 

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