This week on the show my guest is painter Eric LoPresti. His new show entitled A Different Country is up now at Like the Spice Gallery in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The exhibition features paintings inspired by his experience growing up near the Hanford plutonium production facilities in Eastern Washington State. These facilities played a key role in in the atomic arms race from the 1940s through the cold war. It was in fact this facility that produced the plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki Japan at the end of WW2. Eric’s arial landscapes speak to this dark history and the ways in which violent human conflict marks the natural environment.
I sat down with Eric in his studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn to talk about his paintings, growing up in the shadow of a nuclear production facility and the relationship between art and science.
Rattlesnake (with Vectors)
Halo (Nez Perce)
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