Erin Mitchell

SomoS Artist-in-Residence

from: 01.06.2017   to: 31.08.2017

Erin Mitchell is a mixed-media artist based in San Francisco, who takes part in a 3-month-residency in SomoS from June-September 2017.

Fascinated with the idealization of nature as illustrated by computer screensavers and desktops, Mitchell will set up an immersive installation at SomoS, called “Uncanny Valley.”

Her art piece will turn the gallery into a 3D photograph that surrounds the viewer, throwing them into a built-up landscape of derived from the hyperreal, overly saturated photographs of nature that are common to screensavers and stock photography.

The full process will be documented and presented as an interactive screensaver interplaying with the installation, blurring the thin line between pure and artificial reality.

Realistic yet eerily unreal, it allows the visitor to experience the manipulation and distortion of reality.

The full process will be documented and presented as an interactive screensaver interplaying with the installation, blurring the thin line between pure and artificial reality.

Working with a wide range of media and materials such as printmaking and drawing, her works investigate the intimate relationship between human beings and personal technology. Referring to the ever-changing and expanding digital world, Erin’s works reflect her attempt in explaining how virtual activity exerts influence on our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

In re-engaging digital archetypes in my work, I create a feedback loop where human imitates machine imitates human. I internalize the motions and properties of technology designed by us for us, and express them in our physical world. Touching upon larger themes of artificial intelligence and human agency in the digital age, my work explores a hybrid consciousness between what is manual and what is digital, material and immaterial, and between the actual and virtual realities of our contemporary existence.

Erin Mitchell, Artist’s Statement

After earning a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from the Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, Erin Mitchell’s work has been featured in a considerable number of exhibitions in both her hometown of San Francisco and further afield, from Miami Basel to Shanghai, China.. Her latest solo exhibition was “Virtual Prism” at the Hang Art Gallery in San Francisco, California (2015). Earlier she accrued notable domestic and international recognition for her participation in group exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Aqua Art Miami Art Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach in Miami, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai and various other galleries and exhibition spaces around the world.

Erin’s next solo exhibition, Uncanny Valley, a commentary on the relationship between humans and technology, opens at SomoS on September 1.