Eric Yahnker

 

Eric Yahnker is a Los Angeles-based artist working primarily in sculpture and drawings. After studying journalism at USC, Yahnker went on to the California Institute of the Arts where he received his BFA in animation. He then proceeded to work on animation for media properties including Seinfeld, South Park, and MADtv. Since 2008, Yahnker has had solo exhibitions at The Hole in New York, Ambach & Rice and Zevitas Marcus in Los Angeles, Paradise Row in London, and Jeanroch Dard in Paris. In the past year, Yahnker has been included in group exhibitions at Brand New Gallery in Milan, M+B in Los Angeles, the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, TX, and Galerie Ampersand in Cologne. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, New York Magazine, W Magazine, i-D, and Artforum.com, among others.

Taking his dry wit and humor with him into his career in the art world, Yahnker goes to work on the United States’ obsession with pop cultural consumption. Yahnker desecrates Mother Theresa by depicting her smoking a blunt, makes swastikas seem like whimsical children’s toys, and transforms Amy Winehouse’s head into a self-referential part of her lyrics. Yet Yahnker remains hopeful; saying in a recent interview, “Humor certainly allows one to amplify truths, but I’m not necessarily frustrated with modern day America. [As] a student of history, I realize even the worst of times will eventually achieve balance.”

See more of Yahnker’s work on his website: http://www.ericyahnker.com/.

Eric Yahnker

b. 1976 Torrance, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

Education

2000

BFA Animation, California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA

 

1996

Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

Select Solo Exhibitions

2016

Steve Jobs’ Day Off, The Hole, New York, NY

Noah’s Yacht, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA

 

2014

Sticks & Drones, Paradise Row, London, UK

 

2013

Ebony & Benghazi, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012

Virgin Birth n’Turf, The Hole, New York, NY

Party Sub/Sub Party, The Armory Show, New York, NY, Ambach & Rice

 

2011

Cracks of Dawn, Ambach &Rice @ Kunsthalle L.A., Los Angeles, CA

 

2010

Nervous Surf, Galerie Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France

 

2009

Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans, Ambach & Rice, Seattle, WA

 

2008

Piano Man (For Guitar), Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

Dolly Parton Behind A Tree, Kim Light Gallery (project room), Los Angeles, CA

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2016

Imagine, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

Summer Show (TBA), M+B, Los Angeles, CA

Olimpia’s Eyes, Zevitas Marcus, Los Angeles, CA

Doppelganger, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Hydroponic Forms, Galerie Ampersand, Cologne, Germany

 

2015

Not A Photo, The Hole, New York, NY

She Sells Sea Shells By The Sea Shore, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Drawings | Fridges, Greene Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

Works of Paper II, ACME., Los Angeles, CA

Power Objects, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

You Won’t Believe…, Galerie Division, Montreal, QC

6H to 8B, FOCA, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Sydney Croskery)

DUCKS, Minotaur Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Major Work, Chandran Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2014

Walk-ins Welcome, Marlborough, Broome St, NYC

Early Man, The Hole, NYC

OK Great THANKS this is SO RIDICULOUS, ACME., Los Angeles, CA (curated by Brion Nuda Rosch)

Veils, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Sincerely, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA

The Remarkable Lightness of Being, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium

Collection Laurent Fiévet, BBB centre d’art, Toulouse, France

DUCKS, Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Ryan Travis Christian)

Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist, Joshua Liner Gallery, Chelsea, NY

When It Is Dark Enough, CES Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

Stripped, Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences, Santa Monica, CA

 

2013

Pet Shapes, China Art Objects, Culver City, CA

True Believers, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Rogue Wave, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA

The Archaic Revival, Zic Zerp, Rotterdam, Netherlands (curated by Dani Tull & Ewoud Van Rijn)

Good Intentions: Re-Imagining Rockwell’s Boy Scouts, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

Report on An Unidentified Space Station, Paradise Row @ The Armory Show, NYC

 

2012

Portrait of a Generation, The Hole NYC, New York, NY

Breadbox, ZieherSmith@Icon Building, Nashville, TN

Body Snatchers, White Box, New York, NY (curated by Raul Zamudio)

Visible, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne (curated by Dion Johnson)

The Right Wrong, Greene Exhibitions, Culver City, CA

Facial Expressionism: Immanence Envisaged, Cerritos College, Norwalk, CA (curated by James MacDevitt)

In the Future the Artist Will Say: That Object is a Work of Art, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY

 

2011

Will be home…, Ambach & Rice, Los Angeles, CA

B-B-B-Bad, Anna Kustera, New York, NY (feat. Paul McCarthy, John Waters, John Wayne Gacy & more)

Telephone, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

FACEMAKER, Royal-T, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Kathy Grayson)

Nothing To Say, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2010

Gray Day, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA (curated by Noah Davis)

Suspension of Disbelief, Other Gallery, Shanghai, China (curated by Raul Zamudio)

Playboys & Killjoys, Ambach & Rice, Seattle, WA (feat. Erwin Wurm, Raymond Pettibon)

Meer/More, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium

The Power of Selection, Pt.3, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL

Session_12_Words + Untitled, Four Boxes Gallery, Skive, Denmark

The Weight of the Words, Stuffinablank.com, online exhibition (curated by Pedro Torres)

Instant L.A. Summer, Carmichael Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

UNCOVER, DISCOVER, DISCARD, Golden Age, Chicago, IL (curated by Jessica Minckley)

Sonny Smith: 100 Records, Gallery 16, San Francisco, CA (traveled to: Okay Mtn. Gallery, Austin, TX/Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY/ False Front Gallery, Portland, OR)

Bushwick Schlacht!, Fortress to Solitude, Brooklyn, NY

Inaugural Exhibition, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Fuckheads, Kinkead Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Angela Dufresne)

Paper! Awesome!, Baer Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Brion Nuda Rosch)

Riders, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France

The Power of Selection, Pt.1, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL (curated by Ryan Travis Christian)

 

2009

Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Session_7_Words, Am Nuden Da, London, England

Ulli and Lucrecia’s Lustige Gruppenausstellung Mit Party, 533 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Interrobang, Space Gallery, Portland, ME

Beautiful/Decay: A to Z, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

control c, control v, eberb9, Chicago, IL

The Haunted House Show, Colin Roberts’ Studio, Los Angeles, CA

No Right Beast, Women’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

 

2008

L.A. Potential, HangART-7, Salzburg, Austria (curated by Hubert Schmalix, Roger Herman)

Found/Gevonden/Trouve, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium

Group Show Without Andre Butzer, Women’s Building, Los Angeles, CA

 

Select Press and Publications

2016

Zio Baritaux, “Eric Yahnker Captures the Absurity of Pop Culture and Politics in Colored Pencil,” i-D Magazine, March 14

Sharon Mizota, “When Humor Shifts to Unease: How Eric Yahnker Turns Pop Culture into Pointed Art,” Los Angeles Times, April 4

Lenae Day, “Eric Yahnker: Noah’s Yacht at Zevitas Marcus,” Daily Serving, April 18

Michael Slenske, “Donald Trump, the Muse: How 6 Artists are Capturing the GOP Candidate,” New York Magazine, July 6

“16 Artists to Watch in 2016”, Huffington Post, February 16

David Jenison, “Eric Yahnker: Making America Great Again,” PROHBTD

Stephan Alexander, “Creative Brief: Eric Yahnker,” Little Beast, January 18

Zio Baritaux, “12 Artists on their 1st Exhibitions”, i-D Magazine, January 7

“Eric Yahnker ‘Noah’s Yacht’,” Juxtapoz

Dirk Petzold, “Eric Yahnker at Gallery Zevitas Marcus,” We and the Color

Taylor Dafoe, “Ceci N’est Pas: ‘Not A Photo’ at The Hole,” Artcritical, January 13

 

2012

Rob Alderson, “The mad, modern American dream captured in Eric Yahnker’s new show,” It’s Nice That, September 6

Steve Cox, Interview with Eric Yahnker, Hunted Projects

Kathy Grayson, “5 Young Minds,” The Wild Magazine

Ken Johnson, “Art in review: Eric Yahnker: ‘Virgin Birth ‘n’ Turf,’” The New York Times, September 6

Ken Johnson, “The Old New Here, the New New There,” The New York Times, March 8

Cedar Pasori, “The 25 Most Important Artists of 2012 (So Far),” Complex, June 29

Jerry Saltz, “Five Shows Jerry Saltz Really Wants to See,” New York Magazine, August 19

Michael Slenske, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man…Woman…or Fashion Collective,” W Magazine, June

Lydia Warren, “Review: Eric Yahnker’s Virgin Birth ‘n’ Turf,” September 6

“50 Johnnys” by Eric Yahnker, produced by Cary Georges, LA Times Magazine

“A throne is only a bench covered in velvet,” interview with Kathy Grayson, i-D Magazine, Spring, No. 318

“Eric Yahnker’s Good Old American Fun In ‘Party Sub/Sub Party,’” Huffington Post, April 9

“Eric Yahnker: elegant slapstick for the middle-highbrow,” podcast with Michael Shaw, podomatic

“Los Angeles based Artist Eric Yahnker at his first New York solo show titled Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf, MuseMagazine,” September 5

“Opening: Eric Yahnker @ The Hole, NYC”, Juxtapoz, September 10

 Public Fiction Quarterly: The Gold Rush/Manifest Destiny Issue, Los Angeles, CA

 

2011

Trinie Dalton, “Eric Yahnker,” Artforum.com, Critics Picks, Los Angeles, February 8

Howie Kahn, “L.A.’s New Cool School,” Men’s Journal, August

Bill Keller, “Dealing With Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets”, The New York Times, January 26

Luke Lucas, “Interview with artist Eric Yahnker,” Lifelounge, January 19, Australia

David Pagel, “Ensemble makes itself at home,” Los Angeles Times, Calendar: Around the Galleries, August 26

Mayer Rus, “Pop Goes the Easel,” LA Times Magazine, From Rus with Love, January 24

Alexander Tarrant, “Eric Yahnker: Interview,” JUXTAPOZ: Art + Culture,
May 11

Pedro Véléz, “L.A. Confidential,” Artnet, News, Reviews, February 10

 

2010

Samantha Gilewicz, “It’s Life, But Not as We Know It,” Nylon Guys Magazine, March

Jen Graves, “The Pickle Can Stay,” The Stranger, September 9-15, Vol. 20, No.1

Mayer Rus, “Joker’s Wild,” L.A. Times Magazine, January

Mayer Rus, “Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans,” Essay, Exhibition Catalog, Ambach & Rice

New American Paintings, ed. Steven T. Zevitas, no. 85, Pacific Coast, The Open Studio Press

“Eric Yahnker: Smack My Beach Up,” CLARK Magazine, Edition 43, July-August, Paris, France

“Reign of Humor,” NY Arts Magazine, Vol 15, Spring, International Edition

File Magazine, Issue 4 Autumn/Winter, cover feature It’s Nice That, Issue 4, October, UK

 

2009

Ryan Christian, “Eric Yahnker Interview,” Fecalface.com, June 29

Karen Day, “Eric Yahnker: Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans,” Cool Hunting.com, June 12

Fette, “Studio Visit with Eric Yahnker,” The Flog.com, November

Jen Graves, “Currently Hanging,” The Slog, The Stranger, August 7

Samantha Gilewicz, “The Fine Line,” Everything Is

Regina Hackett, “Eric Yahnker: Ludicrious Cubism (A dog walks into a bar),” ArtsJournal Weblog, July 31

Erin Langner, “Naughty Teens, Garbanzo Beans, Rancho and Language Games,” Peripheral Vision, July 21

Sasha Lee, “Interview: Eric Yahnker,” Dailyserving, July 21

David Pagel, “Beautiful/Decay A to Z Retrospective,” Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Issue Z

Robyn Farrell Roulo, “Overlap,” Artslant, August

Yasha Wallin, “The Whole Megillah,” Heeb Magazine, Issue #20, Spring

“Baker’s Dozen’ at the Torrance Art Museum,” The Los Angeles Times, October 9

“Control C, Control V @ EbersB9,” Chicago Art Review, July 20

“Steal Your Face: A Portfolio of Artists Turning Portraiture on It’s Head,” TOKION

 

2008

Julian Duron, “Eric Yahnker @ Jack the Pelican,” Fecalface.com, October

Uschi Korda, “Meine Welt Eric Yahnker,” The Red Bulletin, October

Sasha Lee, “Interview: Eric Yahnker,” November, Beautiful Decay, Anthology

Paul Rand, “Fresh Chucks with Eric Yahnker,” Glitterati Magazine, Fall

Paul Young, Los Angeles Times, March 20, The Guide

HangART-7 Edition 11, “L.A. Potential” Salzburg, Austria (catalog), essays: Andrew Berardini, Lioba Redekker

 

2007

New American Paintings, ed. Steven T. Zevitas, no. 73