Erik Parra – Capturing the Void

December 7, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday December 7, 2013 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment

Capturing the Void

by Erik Parra

December 7, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Gallery Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm and by appointment
Opening Reception: Saturday, December 7 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Nisus Gallery: 8371 N Interstate, Studio 1, Portland, OR

Nisus Gallery is pleased to present Capturing the Void, the gallery’s first solo exhibition of new works by San Francisco based artist Erik Parra. Combining framed collage works with collage-based installation Capturing the Void is an experimental visual art exhibition and installation . Collage, as Parra’s prevailing motif, utilizes visually appealing images and styles from the world of bygone American advertising to create a thought experiment. Opening up vital space for critical reflection of self through this immersive and productive environment.

Inspired by the architecture and Western American landscape of the mid 20th century, the imagery is initially familiar, but loaded with the myths and social baggage of that era you can see at Parra takes advantage of this as a departure point for a metaphorical recasting. Ultimately, “…shifting scale from intimate to the inhabitable in order to shift thoughts about notions of constructing space from the grand to the personal and vice versa.”

Erik Richard Parra was born and raised in the vibrant border metroplex of El Paso-Juárez. He attended The University of Texas at Austin where he studied painting and received a Bachelor of Fine Art. After graduation Erik moved to San Francisco, where he taught at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center. The received his MFA from the  University of Wisconsin—Madison on fellowship at

In his relatively young career he has exhibited in numerous places, including New York, London, Berlin, and at the Museu de Arte de Brasilia. In the US Parra’s work has been exhibited at Blankspace Gallery, Johansson Projects, The Headlands Center for the Arts, Root Division, Southern Exposure, WE Artspace, Kala Art Institute and most recently at the University of Nevada, Reno.

More artist information can be found at

Installation Time-Lapse

capturing the void installation from Erik Richard Parra on Vimeo.

Artist Statement | Press Release