Born 1979 in Chicago, Erik Beehn spent his youth in Las Vegas. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, Beehn relocated to Los Angeles to be trained as a master printer for Gemini G.E.L., a fine art publishing house located in West Hollywood, California. In 2010 Beehn returned to Las Vegas where he continued his studio practice, and maintained a position of Adjunct Instructor at the College of Southern Nevada teaching Drawing and Printmaking up until 2013. Currently Beehn is pursuing his Master In Fine Arts Degree (MFA) from SAIC, where he was accepted through the Printmedia department and is expected to graduate in 2015.
Memory is a vehicle for reinvention. There is a familiar quality to the stock image that informs my current studio practice. Stock images are approved through committee to appeal to the largest audience possible, and in the process are stripped of any originality. In my work stock images are manipulated and returned to unique pieces, introducing a sense of discovery, exploring recognizable images that allow for contemplation, and creating bridges to moments past. Location is generalized, delineating the familiar from the unfamiliar and rearranging specific information. Using processes that would otherwise be used to record or preserve, information is edited and revised. I am interested in our ability to adapt to a situation, and the layers of experience that either influence, or hinder our ability to live in the present. I encourage the viewer to take notice not only of where they are, but also where they have been.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.