Eric Zimmerman
Simplon Pass

September 9 – October 7, 2006

Art Palace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new drawings by Eric Zimmerman entitled Simplon Pass. In his most recent work Zimmerman draws on images of exhibition architecture, exemplified by buildings such as The Crystal Palace, maps, and the humid atmospheres of J.M.W Turner (from which the exhibition’s title is derived), in order to establish a pictorial representation that is inconsistent with our traditional perceptions of space, of place, and of forms. Created on a plastic ground, passages of amorphous marker and graphite forms are derived from areas of topographic maps, shadows created by various landforms, and images of the sky combined to creates a sense of atmosphere and light. Marker allows color to appears transparent and to be free from the constraints of paint. Utopian structures like The Crystal Palace are nostalgic architectural symbols for the promise of industry, human invention, and general optimism. Within their massive iron and glass skeletons these buildings contained a stable sense of the industrial reality of the period, but a sense of fantasy also inheres that exceeds their historical reality and questions their apparent stability.

About the Artist:
Eric Zimmerman lives and works in Austin as a practicing artist and Adjunct Professor at St. Edwards University. Zimmerman received his B.F.A. from the Cleveland Institute of Art and his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Eric’s work has been exhibited at Flatlanders Gallery, Blissfield, Michigan; Williams Tower Gallery, Houston Texas; Creative Research Lab, Austin, Texas; Shane House Gallery, Tucson, Arizona; and Creative Research Lab, Slugfest and Camp Fig in Austin, Texas. Zimmerman’s work is represented in several public collections including Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in Newark, New Jersey, the Southern Graphics Print Council Archives and the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona.