Paul Loya Gallery

Wrinkles In Time

January 16 - March 26, 2016

Erik Foss x Joe Roberts

January 16th – March 26th, 2015

Opening Reception: January 16th, 6 – 10pm


Paul Loya Gallery presents Erik Foss and Joe Roberts Collaborative Show: “Wrinkles in Time” New York City-based artist Erik Foss and San Francisco-based artist Joe Roberts will show their body of collaborative drawings and mixed media artworks at Paul Loya Gallery in Los Angeles in an exhibition opening January 16, 2016. Foss and Roberts began collaborating in 2011 immediately after meeting, working together in Foss’s New York City studio and sending drawings back and forth through the mail between the two coasts. The show will also include a collaborative sculpture in the shape of a pyramid made in Los Angeles from both artists’ reference material.

Their collaboration is rooted in a shared interest in and inspiration by politics, comics, conspiracy theory, skateboarding, psychedelic, and counter culture. The contrast of innocence and degradation is a central vein found in their collaboration. Amongst smiley faces and Looney Tune-esque characters are abstract images of “ adult material” appropriated from vintage magazines, depictions of Middle Eastern architecture amongst more benign, childlike drawings of our favorite cartoon characters, and psychedelic symbolism. Foss and Roberts’ collaboration alludes to Western society’s tendency to wrap themselves in warm blanket of false, saccharine happiness and escapism while turning a blind eye to the evils of everyday life that covertly consumes our innocence.

Erik Foss was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a self-taught artist living and working in New York City for almost 20 years. He moved to New York in 1996, where he later founded Lit Lounge and Fuse Gallery in downtown Manhattan. His drawings, paintings, and multi-media collage have been shown in several group shows around the world, five solo shows, and his work is in permanent contemporary museums collections. Foss’s last solo show was at Paul Loya Gallery in 2013. Joe Roberts grew up in in Madison, Wisconsin. Comic books made up the bulk of his childhood reading material, and their influence persists in his current work. Roberts attended San Francisco Art Institute, where he claims he mainly learned about drugs. Through the use of crayons, paper and found objects, his work creates a world of cartoon imagery laced with personal symbolism and humor. He has had two solo shows in New York City and numerous group shows. The artist currently lives and works in San Francisco, California