Visual Art

The Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture proudly presents, promotes, and supports emerging visual artists whose work engages its viewers in a civic dialog and challenges preexisting assumptions about the world around us.


On Tuesday, March 11 from 6 to 9pm, the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture is proud to present Monotonic Surfaces: An Account of the Arctic Regions, a video and sound art installation by Karl Erickson.

Created while part of of the expeditionary residency The Arctic Circle on a Barquentine Tall Ship sailing in the international waters around the Arctic archipelago Svalbard, the videos of Monotonic Surfaces convey the power and vulnerability of the Arctic landscape and emphasize the ecstatic and transformative potential of the environment.

Each of Erickson’s videos were made in collaboration with musicians and sound artists whose works Erickson brought on the expedition, broadcast and re-recorded on site. The sounds, melodies, and tones of each auditory work influenced Erickson’s videographic choices, both in terms of subject and treatment. Collaborators include Steve Anderson, Stephanie Richards, Tunde Adebimpe, Sandy Gordon, Eric Lindley, Chris Colthart, Todd Carter and Guru Ragu.

Hear all of Monotonic Surfaces’ collaborators on Erickson’s Soundcloud.

Karl Erickson artistic interests focus on motivational language, transcendental experiences, science-fiction, raves, repetition and counter-cultures. His primary media are video, posters, collage and latch-hook rugs and pillows. In 2013 he has been an artist in residence at The Arctic Circle and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island. Recent exhibitions include at “Andrew Falkowski and and Karl Erickson: Architecture and Morality” at the Suburban, Oak Park, IL,  “A Study in Midwestern Appropriation” at the Hyde Park Art Center, curated by Michelle Grabner. His videos have been in recent screenings at Creon Gallery in New York and Parsons Hall Project Space in Holyoke, MA. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.