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CONNERSMITH is pleased to provide a select view of new drawings by Erik Thor Sandberg.

Study for Cell, detail

 

“Most of the drawings I do remain unseen because they are preparatory to my paintings. When I conceive drawings as completed works, there is a precision and an immediacy in creating them that I enjoy. They act as scouts for imagery to come; some of their elements will reemerge in future works.

-  Erik Thor Sandberg

detail, Footing

 

I think of the spheres in these drawings as cells containing components which function together as systems. The cells are constraining, like prison cells. But they can also be understood as organic cells, with animals or people closely enveloped in a shared environment.

- Erik Thor Sandberg

detail, foundation

 

Though the animals are standard symbolic types, I play with their roles within these cells. Serpents, to me, instead of representing evil, embody curiosity. Birds could represent freedom, yet they rely on their perch to live. The lions could be symbols of strength, but I wanted to reveal their vulnerability.”

- Erik Thor Sandberg

Erik Thor Sandberg (b. 1975, Quantico, VA) lives and works in Washington, DC. His work has been exhibited at public and private venues internationally, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC. Sandberg's paintings are in numerous international private collections.

Study for Cell, 2021

Erik Thor Sandberg

Study for Cell, 2021

graphite, white chalk and colored pencil

18h x 12w in

ES081

Foundation, 2021

Erik Thor Sandberg

Foundation, 2021

graphite, white chalk and colored pencil

18h x 12.50w in

ES083

Footing, 2021

Erik Thor Sandberg

Footing, 2021

graphite, white chalk and colored pencil

18h x 11.50w in

ES082

At a Disadvantage, 2021

Erik Thor Sandberg

At a Disadvantage, 2021

graphite, white chalk and colored pencil

17h x 10.50w in

ES080

Tame, 2021

Erik Thor Sandberg

Tame, 2021

graphite, white chalk and colored pencil

18h x 12.50w in

ES084