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Behavior Lag


Behavior Lag

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Behavior Lag


Behavior Lag

Behavior Lag

As I have worked through the past several months on forming the way I discuss my practice and specifically the photography series Removed, I have come to a greater understanding of the larger phycological and sociological factors that are in play with this work. The term Behavior Lag expresses the concept of the time period between not knowing and then eventually learning the new ways in which technology is understood and more specifically how it is physically used.

An example of this can be found in the early adoption of amateur motion picture film users whose subjects found themselves posing still for the moving camera. The previously learned response to being in front of a camera was to hold very still and smile so that a single sharp frame could be exposed. The new technology allowed for motion and action to be recorded. After users saw themselves on film, they began to shift their performance to one that included movement and narrative. Posing still for a motion camera is just one example of Behavior Lag. 

This concept can also work in reverse where the user has mastered the behavior of current technology however, when presented with outmoded but similar technology, the user employs a gesture, or application that does not result in the desired outcome from that technology. For example, a child who attempts to manipulate a screen with their direct contact of that screen however, the surface is not touch sensitive. 

This concept also applies to shifting social behaviors and ethics since the rapid introduction of the smart phone and other personal devices. The perception and expectations of social engagement are being altered by the ability for users of this technology to connect with anyone anywhere. The dividing of attention between those who are physically near you and those who are not is widely debated. The Behavior Lag is present when using a device around other people or while driving or any other activity where one feels anxiety or guilt but yet still chooses to engage in the use of the technology. The ethics remain undetermined while humankind experiences this shift that is more widely adopted and in volumes unseen in human history.

Below are photographs made while speaking about Behavior Lag

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Photo by Angie Pickersgill, Bend, OR, 2016

Photo by Angie Pickersgill, Bend, OR, 2016

The work Eric makes is often about photography as he explores the psychological and social effects that cameras and their artifacts have on individuals and societies as a whole. Eric has exhibited his work nationally at institutions and galleries such as The Center for Fine Art Photography, Duke University, The North Carolina Museum of Art, University of Northern Florida, and The Ackland Art Museum. Eric received a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and is a current Visiting Lecturer. He was born in Homestead, Florida in 1986 and spent his teenage years in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eric received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. Between 2011 and 2013 Eric taught high school in Charlotte, NC via Teach for America.

Eric is a full time artist living and working in Charlotte, NC. Additionally, Eric is a co-founder of The Gallery 145 and Mall Pretzel and serves on the Executive Board of Directors at The Light Factory

 

Eric is available for editorial assignment and speaking engagements, please contact below for booking information.


Eric Pickersgill, Do Our Devices Divide Us? at TEDxBend 2016


Solo Exhibitions

2016                                                                                                    
Removed, Rick Wester Fine Art / New York, NY

2015                                                                                              
Constructing Archives, The Carrack / Durham, NC                                 Removed, MFA Solo Exhibition, John and June Allcott Gallery / Chapel Hill, NC
Endec - Off the Radar, Golden Belt Studios bldg. #3 / Durham, NC

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016                                                                                                           Actual Size: Exploring the Photographic Contact Print, Cassilhaus / Chapel Hill, NC  
Future Tense, 516ARTS / Albuquerque, NM                                      

2015                                                                                                    
EUREKA!, John and June Allcott Gallery / Chapel Hill, NC
BEYOND CAMERAS, Horace Williams House / Chapel Hill, NC
Neo-Pre-Post-Contra-Para-Anti-Hyper-Pro-Trans-Ultra-Photography, Spectre Arts /  Durham, NC
Virtual Insanity, Whitdel Arts / Detroit, MI
Regarding Leisure, University of Northern Florida Gallery of Art / Jacksonville,  FL
The Land of No Things: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2015, Ackland Art  Museum / Chapel Hill, NC
2015 Annual Auction Exhibition, The Light Factory / Charlotte, NC
R.E.C.A.P, The Carrack Modern Art / Durham, NC                                          

2014                                                                                                          
Press Street & The Blue Library, Antenna Gallery / New Orleans, LA           Pixel and Grain, Durham Art Guild - SunTrust Gallery / Durham, NC               Art Nouveau 3rd Annual Exhibition, Womble Carlyle Gallery / Winston Salem, NC  
Faraway Nearby: Duke / UNC-CH MFA PhotoFaculty, Cassilhaus / Chapel Hill, NC  
Between the Eyes, Allcott Gallery - Hanes Art Center / Chapel Hill, NC
That Makes Me Nervous, Chapel Hill Underground / Chapel Hill, NC              

2013
Icon Industry: The Visual Economy of Human Rights, Kenan Institute for Ethics,  Duke University / Durham, NC
Park Pictures, North Carolina Museum of Art / Raleigh, NC

2011
Manifest '11 BA + BFA PHOTO EXHIBITION, Columbia College Chicago / Chicago, IL
CONTACT: 19th century photographic processes, LivingRoom Gallery / Chicago, IL

2010
Relative Exposure: Photographs of Family, 310conTEMPORARYGallery / Chicago, IL
NEEDLESS SUFFERING, The Drawing Room Gallery at The Hopkinson House / Chicago, IL
Images of Home, Columbia College Chicago / Chicago, IL
Low Tech *(Directors Choice Award), The Center for Fine Art Photography / Fort Collins, CO
Suspicious Minds, The Light Factory / Charlotte, NC
North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Exhibition, Green Hill Center for NC Art / Greensboro, NC



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Artist Residencies
The Contemporary Artists Center '14 / Troy, NY
Starry Night Retreat '14 / Truth or Consequences, NM

Portfolio Reviews                                              
Review Santa Fe ‘15                                                     
Filter Photo Festival                                                 
Atlanta Celebrate Photography ‘15

Portfolio Reviewer                                            Portfolio Throwdown / The Light Factory '16

Artist Talks and Lectures                                       
AIPAD 2016, The Photography Show
TEDxBend '16 / Bend, Oregon
TEDxPantheonSorbonne '16 / Paris, France
TEDxCharlotte '16 / Charlotte, NC
The Carrack, Durham, NC                                       University of North Carolina at Charlotte                 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          
Columbia College Chicago                                          
The Art Institute of Charlotte
The Light Factory, Charlotte, NC

Publication                                                             Starry Night, Artists to Look Out For                       
Soak: anything that ails you – The Blue Library

Curatorial                                                               TheyThem / Photographs From The Cassilhaus Collection/ Chapel Hill, NC (Fall ‘14)

Collections                                                         
The Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection
Cassilhaus Gallery               
Living Room Gallery                                      
Anne-Marie Obregt
Columbia College Chicago
The Blue Library – RM220
UNC Chapel Hill / Sloan Art Library
Several Private Collections

Online Bibliography
Photograph
Tech Insider 
PetaPixel
CNN
South x Southeast photomagazine
Wired
WUNC The State of Things Interview
BBC World Service
Business Insider
The Huffington Post
fisheye
The Atlantic
Techly
The Washington Post
FotoFilmic 
Forbes
Digital America 
Vice
Long division, Issue 1
DailyNews
NCMA Park Pictures 
BuzzFeed
Winston-Salem Journal
SLRLounge
The Center for Fine Art Photography

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Eric is available for editorial assignment and speaking engagements, please contact below for booking information.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Julie Grahame
Info@removed.social

Print & Exhibitions

Rick Wester Fine Art Removed@rickwesterfineart.com