Eric Laverty (b. 1965, Detroit. MI) studied Painting with Gerhard Richter at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (1991-93);  Photography with Jim Dow at SFMA-Boston (1987-89);  Anthroplogy during undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1983-87).

Laverty lives and works in both Brooklyn and Detroit.  His photography and paintings have been exhibited in Boston, Düsseldorf, New York, and Brussels and are in private collections in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Manspreading and Other Radical Acts of an Assertive, Straight, CIS, Non-Toxic, Deprivileged, White Male (2022) - I Was Quite a Different Person 6 Months Ago (Update-2023)


As I negotiate and record my interactions with the environment and passages across the landscape, I rely entirely on the moments of capture to construct my narratives - rejecting post-capture editing, collage or painting to mediate or manipulate further what time, momentum, gesture, and intent fix on the image sensor.  Perennially caught between the desire to remain fully present in the moment and to capture it, I think I have found the framework in which to accommodate both.

The result of single, continuous scans or the derivatives of 'unsuccessful' scanning attempts, my recent output mines the environment for the dichotomy between figuration and abstraction. I use my new gestural/performative approach to better understand my physicality, presence, spacial awareness, perceptual habits, and position as a human collaborator with technology - pushing the limits of the latter through experimentation as I adopt novel techniques and explore less explored perspectives. My fractious processes often become enmeshed with subject matter in playful, yet disorienting and disarming imagery that invites each viewer to question their own assumptions about the way they perceive and traverse their environment.

Move Down, Move Up, Slow Down
Move Down, Move Up, Slow Down, Go Down (2023)


Eric P. Laverty




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