Wool, jute, cotton, metal, acrylic, thread
6ft 8in x 4ft
Erik Bergrin is a sculptor who fuses indigenous and contemporary fiber techniques in works which deconstruct human psychology. Using materials as cultural symbols, the artist draws on his extensive background in costume design, as well as a deep interest in meditation and the investigation of the mind. Bergrin began his artistic practice creating costumes for New York City nightlife, tailoring costumes for Broadway theatre, and producing props for high-end fashion editorials. Bergrin now focuses on constructing wearable fiber sculptures which are linked within an ongoing ritualistic narrative. Notions of the subconscious dream state, death, rebirth, entrapment, and mental hell permeate his visceral and monumental works, larger than life-sized. Embracing the darker corners of the human mind, the works take on a cocoon-like quality, using materials which evoke the corporeal, such as cotton, wood, and jute.
Bergrin's artwork and costume design has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Bullett, Zoo, Schon, and King Kong Magazine. He has been commissioned by Lady Gaga and PERFORMA festival, and has designed for feature films such as “Violet Tendencies.” In 2018 he provided costume designs for “The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig and John Cameron Mitchell.” His work has been exhibited in NYC at Printed Matter, The Public Theatre, AC Institute, and National Sawdust, as well as in internationally, hitting Australia, Belgium and the U.K. within the past year. He holds a BA in psychology and theatre arts from Pace University. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.