Detail, Confiscated Vagrant Vessel #14, 2020, graphite and acrylic on paper, 2020

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March 8 – April 20, 2018
The Institute of Contemporary Art and Maine College of Art
You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes
Portland, ME

Exhibiting Artists:
Sonia Almeida, Paul S. Briggs, Caleb Charland, Sean Downey, Sean Fader, Sean Glover, Jaclyn Jacunski, AJ Liberto, Lilly McElroy, Eric Petitti, Scott Patrick Wiener.

February 27 – April 9, 2016
CB1 Gallery
Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism
Los Angeles, CA

Exhibiting Artists:
DL Alvarez, Kira Nam Greene, Jacob Kincheloe, Katharine Kuharic, Peter Mitchell-Dayton, Dane Patterson, Eric Petitti, Sarah Ratchye, Daniel Samaniego, Josephine Taylor, Ileana Tejada, Katherine Vetne, Scott Welsh
Curated by Brett Reichman

Eric Petitti constructs fact-based fiction rooted in traditional forms of depiction. His elaborately rendered drawings, paintings, and sculpture pose as fictional artifacts from a future post-civilization. By installing these relics into museum-like presentations commemorating historic events he questions the authoritarian constructs of history. These installations include didactics and internet-based systems. These invite the viewer to interact with and investigate the exhibit further.

Petitti received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2010).

Recent exhibitions include Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, No Place People (v.2) at Brandt Gallery’s Massachusetts College of Art, and No Place People at Duplex Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His work has been profiled and reviewed in ARTILLERY Magazine, Temporary Land Bridge, Big Red & Shiny, and San Francisco Gate.

He has been a guest lecturer and visiting critic at several institutions including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Brandeis University.