Installation view from You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes. The Heroes of the Bouvet Exchange (right):  click to view the Family Fun Guide that accompanies this piece.


You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes
March 8 – April 20, 2018
The Institute of Contemporary Art and Maine College of Art
Organized by Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects Erin Hutton and Guest Curator Scott Patrick Wiener.

Exhibition Description:
“Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies, you never know just how you look through other people’s eyes.” – Gibby Haynes, 1996

Deceptively playful, the Butthole Surfers’ lyrics above make clear the impossibility of having first-hand knowledge of the self by boldly stating that you can never fully know who you are to someone else. The artists here allow their works to exist sympathetically and in spite of each other for an exhibition that proposes a state of coexistence at odds with itself. This experimental framework establishes a complex network that confirms and denies the possibility of true egalitarianism in favor of an antagonistic equilibrium.

March 16, 2016
Review by Max King Cap
Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism

February 27 – April 9, 2016
CB1 Gallery
Los Angeles, CA
Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism
Exhibiting Artists: DL Alvarez, Kira Nam Greene, Jacob Kincheloe, Katharine Kuharic, Peter Mitchell-Dayton, Dane Patterson, Eric Petitti, Sarah Ratchye, Daniel Samaniego, Josephine Taylor, Ileana Tejada, Katherine Vetne, Scott Welsh
Curated by Brett Reichman

May 2015
Brant Gallery
Massachusetts College of Art
No Place People (v.2)
Solo Exhibition

Eric Petitti constructs fact-based fiction rooted in traditional forms of depiction. His elaborately rendered drawings, paintings, and sculpture pose as fictional artifacts from a future post-civilization. By installing these relics into museum-like presentations commemorating historic events he questions the authoritarian constructs of history. These installations include didactics and internet-based systems. These invite the viewer to interact with and investigate the exhibit further.

Petitti received his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (2010).

Recent exhibitions include Tight Ass: Labor Intensive Drawing and Realism at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles, No Place People (v.2) at Brandt Gallery’s Massachusetts College of Art, and No Place People at Duplex Gallery in Portland, Oregon. His work has been profiled and reviewed in ARTILLERY Magazine, Temporary Land Bridge, Big Red & Shiny, and San Francisco Gate.

He has been a guest lecturer and visiting critic at several institutions including Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Brandeis University.