Meditations from the Median:
Erik Skjolsvik

January 23 through February 21

Reception for the artist:
January 23, 6:00 – 9:00

Exhibition Photos

Using ink on paper and ink on Kozo paper adhered to canvas or linen, Skjolsvik (pronounced shoals-vik) renders calligraphic forms in repetition until he intuitively halts. The end product reflects controlled chaos or possibly a quiet spiritual quest. Whatever the interpretation, the titles reference feelings of past or present, theory of mental inhibitions or ambitions and unpopular culture. The non-representational forms are not conscious abstractions of anything that he conceives of through premeditated processes, but they are rather like documented feelings or behaviors created with a few simple materials.

Meditations from the Median highlights mostly recent works from 2014 and 2015. One of the galleries will be devoted to the same body of work that spans twenty years. The older work is of tiny, journal-like drawings created all over the country during the artist’s travels as a preparator for museums.

When Skjolsvik began exhibiting around 1990, his work looked much different from what you see here today. As former Fort Worth Star Telegram art critic Janet Tyson wrote in January 1994, “What occurs are jarring clashes of rawness and refinement, graphic crudeness and formal beauty.” As time went on, the often interpreted angry works of art transitioned towards a more meditative and serene body of work that has evolved tremendously or very little, depending on how you look at it. 

Skjolsvik’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and non-profit art spaces throughout Texas. He founded and directed Forest Park Art Space in 1997, one of the first alternative art spaces in Fort Worth and a launch pad for many Fort Worth up and coming artists looking for a place to experiment. He designed and painted photorealistic backdrops for rock and roll bands, including Pantera, Slayer, Machine Head and Megadeth, just to name a few. These giant, portable murals have been seen by millions of people around the world. Without the use of today’s computer and printing technology, Skjolsvik utilized his technical drafting skills to transform small photographic images to gigantic, stage-worthy proportions.