Eric Yahnker’s Lost Angeles: A Surreal Journey Through LA

Lost Angeles Eric Yahnker

Eric Yahnker has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary artists. His work combines clever pop culture humor, surrealism, and meticulous attention to detail, which I find incredibly appealing. I’ve had the opportunity to see some of his large-scale colored pencil drawings in person, and it’s truly mind-blowing. When you get up close, you can appreciate the intricacy, but stepping back reveals the whole picture in all its glory.

Yahnker is preparing for his fifth solo exhibition with The Hole, a renowned gallery with locations in NYC’s East Village and Los Angeles. The exhibition is appropriately titled Lost Angeles and includes 26 drawings and two video works centered around the themes of “getting lost, mourning loss, and completely losing oneself in LA.

The show will open on Saturday, September 16th from 6–8pm at The Hole’s Los Angeles location (844 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038) and will run until October 28, 2023. You can find more information about the exhibition on The Hole’s website.

Check out the interview I did with Eric in 2014 for my Background Noise series. He answered a few questions and put together a great playlist of music he listens to in the studio.

Oh, and his Instagram is a treasure trove of crazy imagery if you feel so inclined.

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