Photography is readable by its viewer through symbols and icons, relying on the varying interpretations to be reassembled as meaning. The act of photographing, in the vernacular sense, is the ambition of living forever by preserving memory and constructing legacy. The 35mm slide is a symbol of this longing for immortality. The series of works titled Holder is an attempt to re-present the slide holder as an object speaking about how photography alters experiences lived and performed. The holder prevents the viewer from seeing the entire background photograph while creating a grid of frames that prompts the desire to consume the whole picture.—Eric Pickersgill
Eric Pickersgill is an artist living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina, who recently completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree at UNC Chapel Hill. Eric received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2010 and was also a preparator at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. In 2011 he returned to Charlotte, NC, as a 2011 Teach for America Corp Member and taught at Garinger High School. Eric has a passion for teaching and image making and sees the connections that the two share. The artwork Eric makes is often about photography as a medium itself as he explores the psychological and social effects that cameras and their artifacts have on individuals. Eric has exhibited his work nationally including at such institutions as The Center for Fine Art Photography, Duke University, The North Carolina Museum of Art, University of Northern Florida, and The Ackland Art Museum.