Artist Information

Statement

Mandalas, models, games and other cosmographs have the capacity to harness the torrent of images generated by modernity. My paintings, sculptures and interactive objects seek to align western contemporary art practice with the ages old ritual creation of objects for visual contemplation.  Inside symmetrical compositions symbols, text and materials from multiple systems of knowledge collide.  

Audiences can use their visual hyperliteracy, a skill of survival developed to navigate our image saturated culture, to move through the compositions creating personal constellations of meaning.  These constellations are spaces of wonder(ing), spaces where competing ideologies can exist simultaneously and hints of new ways of being in the world coalesce.  -EC 

Zen and the West

A great number of scholars and monks have wanted to transplant Zen in Europe and America. Have these efforts proved successful? It remains to be seen.  From the standpoint of knowledge, certain scholars... have contributed a great deal toward arousing the interest of Westerners in Zen Buddhism. Zen has influenced the thinking of theologians... and philosophers... 

But Zen does not yet exist in the West as a living tradition. Many monks are teaching the practice of Zen there, but this practice still remains Oriental; foreign to Western culture.  The fact is that Zen has not yet been able to find roots in this soil. Cultural, economic, and psychological conditions are different in the West. One cannot become a practitioner of Zen by imitating the way of eating, sitting, or dressing of the Chinese and Japanese practitioners. 

Zen is life; Zen does not imitate. If Zen one day becomes a reality in the West, it will acquire a Western form, considerably different from Oriental Zen.

Thich Nhat Hanh - Zen Keys. Anchor Books, 1974. p.96



Curriculum Vitae

Solo Exhibitions:

  • The New Cosmograph - Younhee Paik Studio for Art & Music, Oakland, CA 2017
  • Mapping Insight - Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2014
  • The New Mandala - Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA 2013
  • Contemporary Objects of Worship - A Gallery Space Seattle, WA 2011
  • Made Manifest - Trabant Coffee, Seattle, WA 2009
  • 1 Origin Project - Online, promotion, & web based project 2006-2009
  • Framing the Moment: A 172,800 Second Exhibition - Black Box Gallery, Seattle, WA 2007
  • Everything Theory - Custom gallery space, Ellensburg, WA 2006


Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • Calligraphies in Conversation - Skylight Gallery of SF Public Library, San Francisco, CA 2017
  • Argatha - Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
  • Promotional Clutter - Real Old Paper Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
  • Superficial - Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2017
  • Digital Koans - Paul Sacks Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2017
  • Three Rings & Two Parties, The Election Circus - Wiseman Gallery, Grants Pass, OR, 2016
  • The Door to the Invisible Must be Made Visible - Mount Analogue, Seattle, WA 2016
  • Interfaith Biennial -O’Connor Gallery, Dominican University, Forest River, IL 2016
  • ICON - Lynn Hanson Gallery, Seattle, WA 2016
  • Our Daily Homage - ArtsWest Gallery & Playhouse, Seattle, WA 2015
  • Mandala - ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA 2014
  • Experiencing War - Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY 2014
  • O Good Lord - Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013
  • A Single Grain of Rice - Metanoia Gallery, Paris, France 2013
  • UNESCO Bioethics & Religion Exhibition - Harbour City Gallery, Hong Kong, 2013
  • Compass - Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA 2013
  • 50th Anniversary Gala Auction - Graduate Theological Union, San Francisco, CA 2013
  • Timeless Meditations: Mandalas in Nature - Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2012 
  • Genesis 2013 - Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012
  • Promise - Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church,Seattle, WA 2012
  • Revolution 2012 - Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012
  • Under the Bed Gallery - McMurdo Station, Ross Island, Antarctica 2012
  • Occupy the Walls - Gainsbourg Lounge, Seattle, WA 2012
  • Share, Remix, Reuse - Gallery 110, Seattle, WA 2011
  • New Members' Show - Gallery 110, Seattle, WA 2011
  • Embracing Our Differences - Island Park, Sarasota, FL 2011
  • RAWartists Seattle Showcase - Featured artist at H&G Lounge, Seattle, WA 2011
  • 30 Works Challenge - Forgotten Works Gallery, Seattle, WA 2010
  • CVG 2010: Annual Juried Exhibition - Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA 2010
  • CVG 2009: Annual Juried Exhibition - Collective Visions Gallery, Bremerton, WA 2009
  • SOURCE: Symposium on University Research & Creative Expression - CWU, 2005 & 2006


Press & Publications:

  • Bay Area Artist Eric Carson Challenges Beliefs with the Speed of Technology, Peninsula Press, June 2017
  • Eric Carson & Younhee Paik: Interview: Current & Alumni, (Im)material, May 2017
  • Issue 5: Anatomy of IlluminationThought Notebook: Literary & Visual Art Journal - 2016
  • Mandala 21CityArts, March 2015
  • Our Daily HomageArtsWest.org March 2015
  • UNESCO Art Exhibit Opens in Hong KongBioethicsart.org, January 3, 2014
  • RAWArtists interview, March 2011
  • Bricolage: 30th anniversary issue - University of Washington Arts Journal, 2012
  • Stranger Suggests: Contemporized mandalas by Eric Carson - The Stranger Slog, Feb 2011
  • CVG Show: Eric Carson - The Artful Blogger, February 9, 2010
  • Currently Hanging - The Stranger Slog, August 6, 2009
  • Symposium Program - SOURCE. CWU campus, May 2005 & 2006


Education:

  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute 2017
  • BFA, Painting: Central Washington University 2006
  • Study abroad Florence, Italy 2004


Awards:

  • Younhee Paik Award, San Francisco Art Institute, 2017
  • Clyde & Co. Award, Clyde & Co. 2017
  • C. Farrell Scholarship, Central Washington University, 2006


Talks:

  • 2nd Independence - Walter & McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2017
  • Joint Artist Talk - ArtsWest Gallery & Playhouse, Seattle, WA 2015
  • Art Speaks: Artist Lecture - Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2014
  • Art Starts: Family Education Program - Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, AZ 2014
  • Bricolage Release Party - Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA 2012
  • Open Floor - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 2007
  • BFA Thesis Presentation - CWU Campus, 2006
  • Symposium Presentation - SOURCE. CWU campus, 2005 & 2006
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