Inspired by the world around him, both the natural and the manmade, Erik Wolken bases his furniture on the interplay of simple geometric shapes--the roof line of a building, the structure of a bridge, the shields of an African tribe.
As he wanders through his sketchbooks, Wolken selects those ideas that have a personality, a sense of motion, and a purpose. As important as that origin may be, however, the reality of his desks, chairs, benches and cabinets is determined by his ability to invigorate abstract sketches with life.
Folk Art Center, Asheville, NC, 2001
Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa, AZ, 2001
Elliott Museum, Stuart, FL, 2000
Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 2000
Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant, 1997