My work alludes to the dynamics and interplay of dual elements; matter/energy, spirit/body, emotion/intellect. It is simultaneously about our Gestalt experience of the drama and beauty of creation, and our intellectual fascination with its parts and how they relate to create a whole.
One of the ways I find of expressing this interplay is by compounding complexes of patterned color into synergistic wholes. Color and pattern are primal to our history and survival. They touch parts of us that are archetypal, rooted in nature, and infinitely curious. I employ abstraction and minimalism as ways to bypass the literal and go directly to metaphor, emotion, and the ineffable. At the same time, like classical music, which integrates intellect and emotion, the works are based in structure, rhythm, and a form of logic.
The works are often associated with energy fields, music, quantum and string theory, weaving, land and seascapes, genetics, etc.
These “paintings” are made of tens of thousands of solid bits of colored acrylic plastic glued together, sanded and polished. They are laminated into cohesive panels through an intensive process of layering, slicing, and reassembly. This process is followed by wet-sanding and polishing.
For me, colored acrylic plastic is simply paint, but in solid form, and my “brushes” are the bandsaw, table saw, and glue.
Born: Los Angeles, CA 1960
PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS
Adams/Central Mixed Use Development, Permanent Public Art Installation, Los Angeles, CA
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Bibi Space Gallery, Daejon, South Korea
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA
Harvey Universal Inc., Los Angeles, CA
The Held Collection, Held Properties, Los Angeles, CA
Jarrow Formulas Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Betty Asher Collection
Los Angeles, CA
Luxe Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Art and History, Permanent collection, Lancaster, CA
Tsuge Cafe, Tokyo, Japan
United States Federal Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA
University of La Verne, Permanent Collection, La Verne, CA
Wallach Glass Studio, Santa Rosa, CA
2016 "Eric Zammitt" Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 "Eric Zammitt" Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2013 "Material Distillation" David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2010 "Eric Zammitt - Acrylic Plastic Constructions", Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
2008 "Eric Zammitt, "Acrylic Constructions", Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 “Cabin Fever”, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 “Particles and Waves”, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne
La Verne, CA
1996 “Eric Zammitt”, David Lawrence Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
1995 “Eric Zammitt”, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2019 Art Palm Springs, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Palm Springs, CA
2018 Market Art + Design, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
2018, Art Aspen, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Aspen Colorado
2016 "Intent Fortuity" Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA
2015 "Elemental - Seeing the Light" Curated by John David Obrien, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
2015 "Ethereal" William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2015 "Without Dialogue" Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
2014 "Beyond the Surface" Tandem show with Jennifer Faist.
Launch Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2014 "A to Z" Brett Rubicco Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
2014 "Brave New World" Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
2013 20 Year Anniversary Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2012 "Random Acts of Time" Curated by William Moreno
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA