U.S.A. New York – Artist


Name artworks

— Untitled
(gray glasses)

— Untitled

(white glasses)

Gray Glasses:
The cement pair I covered with Portland Cement. I have done a few projects using cement, and really like how the seemingly heavy and ugly cement makes the objects appear fragile and delicate. The objects become relics, almost as though they were dug up from the ground.

White Glasses:

The street poster and wheat paste pair I covered with street posters and wheat paste, again similar to other paintings I have created using these materials. I age the street posters in my studio to make them appear old, and like how the materials seem to be affected by time. I find the weathered and old objects to be beautiful.
Erik Sommer




Untitled Grey


Untitled White


Erik Sommer (b. 1978 Duluth, MN) is an American born artist and curator living and working in New York City. His paintings, sculptures and cement installations are influenced by abandoned buildings, eroded stone and eerie silences. In his work he attempts to capture and freeze the effects of time. Sommer has had solo exhibitions in New York, London and Berlin, and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide. In 2019 Sommer founded Mott Projects, a contemporary art project space based in New York.

Solo exhibitions

2018 1 Hour Tooth Whitening – Deli Grocery – Brooklyn
2017 Volvo 240 – Fastnet – Brooklyn
2016 Die Chemische Reinigung – i-a-m – Berlino
2013 And Riding Clouds – Rooster Gallery – New York
2012 Pray To Fallen Skies – Rook & Raven – Londra
2010 Red Balloon (I Wish I Was A) – Rooster Gallery – New York

Selected group exhibitions

2020 2020, The Finale – Warburton Galerie– New York
Pandemic Blowout – Plank Road – New York
Household Intimacies – PAD – New York
2019 Supper – Deli Grocery – Brooklyn
2018 Age Less World –Deli Grocery – Brooklyn
2017 Occupy Mana – Mana Contemporary – Jersey City A Bad Situation Just Got Worse – Fastnet – Brooklyn
2016 Petrichor – 19 Greek Street – Londra
2015 Fragments of Space – academic – New York
2013 Broken Boundaries – Tub Gallery – Miami LUCID – Clerkenwell Gallery – Londra
2012 The Young Collectors – Leila Heller Gallery – New York Mono No Aware – bo.lee – Londra
2011 Layer Current – Marisa Sage Gallery – Brooklyn Raw – Pertwee, Anderson and Gold – Londra Inventory – Rooster Gallery – New York Good – Hoxton Arches – Londra

Selected bibliography

“Strange Time” Art Laboratory May 2020
“Erik Sommer” Closed Windows / No Entry April 2020
“Artist Interview: Erik Sommer” Odd One Out July2019
“Erik Sommer”FLOORR MAGAZINE June 2019
“Erik Sommer” COEVAL MAGAZINE 4/20/19
“To Do” New York Magazine 7/23/17
“Erik Sommer”ART QA Spring 2017
“Artist of the Week” KALTBLUT August 2016
“Review: Art14 London” GOLDHORD 3/5/14
“Erik Sommer at Rooster Gallery” World Sculpture News Spring 2013
“The Future of Art: Erik Sommer” Dot Dot Dot Magazine May 2013
“Everything You Need To Know” Guest of a Guest 4/20/13
“Studio Visit: Erik Sommer” NEWTHINGS 2/9/13
“Artist of the Week” THE POP 1/4/13
“What makes you STOP in the street and stare?” GARAGE 12/4/12
“Rook & Raven Opens Erik Sommer’s First UK Solo Show” artdaily 12/3/12
“Pray To Fallen Skies”glass magazine 11/28/12
“Art in a Concrete Jungle” Vice 7/21/2011
“Watching Paint Peel” New. York. Art. Crit. 12/17/10 EDUCATION 2010 M.L.S. The Palmer School, NY 2007 M.F.A. City College Studio Program, NY 2000 B.A. St. John’s University, MN