Erika Harrsch / Visual Artist
The treatment of the body as the most direct media of expression and exteriorization of our own histories and relations has been the central theme of the work of Erika Harrsch. Presenting intimate aspects of invitation and seduction, which suddenly turn us into unprepared voyeurs, evidencing a close relation between nature-psychology and sublimity. To Harrsch, the body is the place where all needs are registered, a place of desires, affections, emotions, all of the drama and grandeur of human life interpreted through this perspective.
Born in Mexico City, Harrsch has lived and worked in Mexico, Italy, Germany and New York. Strengthened by her professional practice as a painter, she has expanded her interests to acquire a variety of disciplines associated with the production of process-oriented art. Her image-making tools also include videography, photography and a kind of scenario building based on found elements in artificial and natural environments, which find expression in the form of videoinstallations and photographic works.
Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions, group shows, festivals and Art biennials in Mexico, the United States, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Spain and England. Her work is also included in the collections of Museums in Mexico and the United States.
"Upbeat and enthralling. " - The New York Times
"You couldn't ask for a better one-stop survey of what's happening in new music now" - New York Magazine
"You can expect to hear music by everyone from Nico Muhly and Anna Clyne to Chinese pipa player Min Xio-Fen, who in the above video sounds just like Buke and Gass. Which is a good thing." - Feast of Music
"VisionIntoArt…has facilitated flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations among choreographers, visual artists, actors and composers…" - New York Times
"…always intriguing and frequently beguiling….[VIA] deserves credit for envisioning new possibilities..." --New York Times, April 2011
"Visionary-in-Chief" --Time Out NY, about VIA Co-founder and Creative Director, Paola Prestini, May 2012
"The composers involved in this new Liederabend...span New York’s vibrant, inclusive, new-music scene."
- Time Out New York
"Labyrinth installation dazzles, stuns at Krannert Center...a mesmerizing, multilayered digital environment for the artists... a journey layered with tantalizing visual and audial stimuli." - The Daily Illini
"While listening and watching, my mind wandered to ideas of the universe and life." - On Labyrinth The News Gazette
From our workshop production of John Zorn's Holy Visions
"evocative video projections by S. Katy Tucker. In a focused yet flexible performance, the sopranos Mellissa Hughes, Sarah Brailey and Jane Sheldon; the mezzo Abigail Fischer; and the contralto Kirsten Sollek illuminated both the claustrophobia and the ecstasy at the heart of these medieval visions." - The New York Times, November 4, 2013
"eerily beautiful"- The New York Times, November 1, 2013