I was the sole juror for the 2014 Fletcher Exhibition at East Tennessee University. I found the task exceedingly difficult. The work submitted was excellent. Instrumentalist art must, by definition, engage its audience with difficult questions. We need look no further than the work of the proto-designer, photographer and artist John Heartfield. In Heartfield’s […]
Cranbrook Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls discusses some of his more high profile failures in his 2014 Artist-in-Residence Lecture. Entitled Good Luck, Bad Luck, Chance and Failure Earls attempts to reconcile the role “failure” has played in his development. Earls discusses being hired and subsequently fired by Rudolf de Harak at the age of twenty-three, the perils of being […]
As an independent artist and as an Artist-in-Residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Elliott Earls has worked hard to engage issues of power, desire and commerce. His work is focused on the relationships between power, technology and media. Beginning in 1995, Earls spent the better part of ten years experimenting with a fusion of computer […]
Prior to the exhibition ComicRelief at WassermanProjects, I spent a lot of time considering methods to extend graphic language into three dimensional objects. I think my work compositionally, has been marked by a simple binary. One portion of my work has relied on an almost baroque compositional sensibility, while the other has been simple. This is a very long way […]
In this presentation, Elliott Earls breaks down the mechanics of his hybrid design practice. Earls talks money, sex, and power as he outlines a business model for aesthetic practice. He wrestles with the aesthetics of porn, the power of the id, and the nature of critique in design education. Earls uses his work and his […]
The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery is pleased to present HYPERTENSION, April 26 through July 19, 2013. HYPERTENSION brings together multi-media artists and designers whose work reflects the blurring of artistic disciplines evident in our contemporary visual culture. The selected works disrupt boundaries between the cerebral and […]
Ridiculous portrait of Elliott Earls by Lindsey Camellio at the Hypertension Exhibition. Background piece entitled “God.” Technical detail: This photo shows Elliott throwing up the official Cranbrook Academy of Art gang sign. A left handed “C” in front of an upside down right-handed “Peace Sign.” The two combine to form the Cranbrook “CA” logo.