â€œKneeling Communication Towerâ€ by Eric Troffkin
Eric Troffkin received his MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and he has been the recipient of several awards and honors. He was awarded the Athanasios Demeterios Skouras prize two years in a row as well as the Amherst College Wise Fine Arts Prize. Other honors he has received include the Ford Foundation Thesis Grant and the Presidents Discretionary Fund Grant. His works and craftsmanship have also been a topic for discussion in several publications, including Zingmagazine and TimeOut New York.Troffkin completed his Artist Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, a foundation for professional artists who want to develop artistic work in France. He currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
â€œMy interests lie at a crossroads where expectations of future progress encounter these uncertainties: can the consequences of progress be foreseen? Is the notion of progress itself a matter of faith? And if so, upon what foundation is such faith built? My artworks mark and investigate this crossroads. They are pieces of fiction, fabricated from the familiar visual language of the commercial products and industrial objects that inhabit our architecture and dot our urban and rural landscapes. Industrial electric junction boxes, refinery complexes, communications towers, cell phone reflectors, computer servers, video monitors are to me as much emblems of hope and faith in the future as they are mechanisms involved in our daily lives. Through reproduction and abstraction of such technological objects into sculptural form, I aim to provide a focal point for considering their psychic impact.â€