Eric Tillinghast

Born: 1974, Los Angeles, CA

Biography and Information

Eric TiIllinghast’s Gravity’s Poetry is a new series of light boxes containing images of waterfalls. The internal mechanics of each light box generate special effects, light, and sound to activate each image to simulate surging water. The images portray the surface and texture of massive amounts of falling water in a way that only photographs can. By using mechanical devices and mark making to re-animate them, Tillinghast creates an effect that resides somewhere between photography and video and has a presence different from a flat-screen monitor, projection, or high-definition video.

Tillinghast also collects vintage postcards of swimming pools and other waterways and re-contextualizes them by painting surrounding environments with Titanium white acrylic paint and a minuscule paintbrush. Up to 30 layers of paint are applied to achieve the pristine surface.  These paintings explore the concept of water being a fluid element isolated in geometric shapes.  This project also focuses on our various relationships with water, namely how we think about water, and its ever present inclusion in mythology and culture.

Recently Tillinghast has created two fountain installations for the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. His work has been exhibited at prestigious museums around the world including The Galerie der Stadt Mainz Bruckenturm in Mainz, Germany, Rocket in London, P.S. in Amsterdam, and The Center For Contemporary Non-Objective Art in Brussels. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Wisconsin, the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe,  Portland State University, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona among others. Tillinghast currently lives and works in California.

I have been working with water as a sculptural material since 1994. This has resulted in an ongoing series of sculptures, installations, and projects in which it is the primary subject and medium. These works have occurred as formal and reductive sculptures as well as site-specific installations, and they are now beginning to explore the forms of water in both natural and urban environments. Watersheds and rivers, lakes and dams, canal systems, rainfall, puddles, pools, and drains, have all served as subjects for recent works. My primary interests are in our perceptions of water as a natural element and resource, and creating an experience that examines those perceptions.
-Eric Tillinghast

BFA The College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

Diploma of Fine Arts, Virginska Konst Skolan, Orebro, Sweden

Solo Exhibitions
Þ y n g d a r l j ó ð   –   Gravity’s Poetry, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 2014 Life is Beautiful Festival: Slidewalk, Las Vegas, NV

Water/Nymph, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
Fountains, Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA

Eric Tillinghast: Rain Machine, The Galleries For Contemporary Art UCCS, Colorado Springs, CO

2010 Eric Tillinghast: Rain Machine, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
Eric Tillinghast: Water, LAUNCHPROJECTS, Santa Fe, NM

Eric Tillinghast: Empires, The Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels, BE

Eric Tillinghast: Colored Panels, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Eric Tillinghast, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Eric Tillinghast, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM 

Group Exhibitions
to the moon and back, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
The Beginning of Everything,  Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Syning, Listhus Artspace, Olafsfjordur, Iceland

poolsandplaces, SCAPE, Newport Beach, CA

Miniature: Small Contemporary Works, University of Wyoming Art Museum, 
Laramie, WY

Life is Beautiful Festival: Slidewalk, Las Vegas, NV

Life is Beautiful Festival: Sump Lux Fountain, Las Vegas, NV

Influential Element, The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA

Art on the Edge, The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Thirty Years of Collecting, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Vertical Multichrome: A 1for the Arts Commission, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Merger, Rocket, London, U.K.

Dispersion, CinemaLand, Los Angeles, CA

Painted Objects, The Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art, Brussels, BE
Compilation, Rocket, London, U.K.

Painted Objects, PS, Amsterdam, NL
The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Eric Tillinghast/Elliot Norquist, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Circles and Stones, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, Pueblo, CO
The Zen of Materiality, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Circular, Rocket, London, U.K.
Explorations, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Licht / Wasser, Galerie der Stadt Mainz Brckenturm, Mainz, Germany
Santa Fe On Site: Vancouver, Canada, Buschlen Mowatt, Vancouver, BC
Match the Couch, Art And Industry, Santa Fe, NM

Organizing the World: Sculptural Interventions, The Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Centre Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec
Erika Blumenfeld / Eric Tillinghast, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

A Glimpse: Landscape, The Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Fair and Square, The Governor’s Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

New Mexico 2000, The Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Monothon, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Summer Sculpture Exhibit, Ashley Pond, Los Alamos, NM

Jacona River Walk, Sakonaenwikeji Pueblo, Pojoaque, NM
Agua Vida, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Litany, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

City of Cleveland Public Art, Cleveland, OH

Discovery Children’s Museum, Las Vegas, NV

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

Kohler Company, Kohler, WI

Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Port of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ

University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY

Listhus Artspace, Olafsfjordur, Iceland, Artist in Residence

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Robert M. Murdock Emerging Artist Grant

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Individual Artist Grant

Alafoss, Reykjavk, Iceland, Artist in Residence

Kohler Co. Arts/Industry Program, Kohler, WI, Artist in Residence

Kultursministerium, Land Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany, Exhibition Grant

Centre Est-Nord-Est, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec, Artist in Residence

The Degolyer Fund Individual Artist Grant, Dallas Museum of Art

Individual Artist Grant, CHANGE Inc.

Donald Lipski – Studio Workshop, The Institute of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Summer Workshops: Vito Acconci / Ursula von Rydingsvard, Humbolt State University, CA

Nancy Zastudil, REVIEW Eric Tillinghast: Þ y n g d a r l j ó ð – Gravity’s Poetry, THE Magazine, June 28

Federico Uribe, Eric Tillinghast, The Woven Tale Press, Vol. IV #3, p. 53-56

JK Russ,  Visual Art is Vibrant at LIB Festival, The Huffington Post, January 12

Jake Davidson & Kate Russell, Second Site: The art tastes behind a contemporary art museum’s board, Trend Magazine, Fall 2014/Winter/Spring 2015, image p. 70
Kristen Peterson, What’s With the Giant Slides? Artists Take Over Western Hotel at Life is Beautiful, The Las Vegas Weekly, October 23

Kristen Peterson, Sump Lux Fountain, The Las Vegas Weekly, October 24
Wesley Pulkka, Multimedia work with water, Venue, Albuquerque Journal, August 25
Diane Armitage, Eric Tillinghast: Water/Nymph, THE Magazine, September (Cover and Review)
Claude Smith, Eric Tillinghast: Water/Nymph at Richard Levy Gallery, New American Paintings Blog, August 12
Arts Calendar, Local IQ, August 15-18, p. 34

Marilyn Stewart, Earth, Fire, Air, and Water, SchoolArts Magazine, October
Kyle MacMillan, Abstraction’s Shifting Edge, The Denver Post, May 19

Jan Ernst Adlmann, Eric Tillinghast at LAUNCHPROJECTS and CCA, Art in America, September
Harmony Hammond, Ripples for Reflection, The Albuquerque Journal,May 14
Alex Ross, Eric Tillinghast at LAUNCHPROJECTS, Visual Arts Source, April 30
Diane Armitage, Art on The Edge, THE Magazine, May
Rob Dewalt, Blurred Edges, The New Mexican PasaTiempo, April 16
Kathleen Roberts, On The Edge, The Albuquerque Journal, April 16
Laura Addison, Art On The Edge, (Exhibition Catalogue) New Mexico Museum of Art

Anna Kaplan & Lilly Wei, The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection (Book), Albright Knox Gallery

Jan E. Adlmann, Eric Tillinghast: Colored Panels, THE Magazine, June
Hollis Walker, Loaded Minimalism,The Albuquerque Journal, May 11
Kate McGraw, Color Constructions, The Albuquerque Journal, May 4

Karen Spaulding, The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection (Book), Albright Knox Gallery

Roy Sonema, Less is More, The Pueblo Chieftan, December 2
Natalie LaFortune, Automne 2001, Memento 3 ΠResidences au Centre Est-Nord-Est
Sarah Deats, Eric Tillinghast at Kohler, Charlotte Jackson Gallery News (Spring)

David Clemmer, Licht/Wasser (Exhibition Catalogue), Galerie der Stadt Mainz, Germany

Mokha Laget, Lighter Mass, The Reporter, January 30
Diane Armitage, Organizing The World: Sculptural Interventions, THE Magazine, April

Jon Carver, Plumbing The Depths of Space, TREND Magazine, December
Mojca Osojnik, Se enkrat v santafejevski turizem, Nedelo Slovenia, July 29
Diane Armitage, Erika Blumenfeld / Eric Tillinghast, THE Magazine, June

Dottie Indyke, Southwestern Sizzle, ArtNews, May
Laurel Gitlen, Eric Tilllinghast, THE Magazine, July
Dennis Jarrett, Casual Water, The Reporter, June 7

NM 2000 (exhibition catalogue), The Museum of Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Sally Eauclaire, City Focus: Santa Fe, ArtNews, May

Lis Bensley, City Focus; Santa Fe, Artnews, June

Press Release

2019 to the moon and back at Richard Levy Gallery

2018  Þ y n g d a r l j ó ð – Gravity’s Poetry at Richard Levy Gallery

2013  Water/Nymph at Richard Levy Gallery