Everything is constantly changing, although we don’t always realize it. All things, no matter how solid and immobile they may seem, are moving. I pay attention to that fluidity through my artwork. My work is concerned with transitions and transformation. I capture materials as they begin to change from one state to another. In several of my pieces I document ink as it begins to run, colors when they bleed together, drips and drops as gravity moves them. I am interested in disintegration, and deterioration as a means of destroying one thing while creating another.
In some of my drawings I create images from snapshots, then use liquid to dissolve the figures. What was captured in the photograph is released and dispersed in a pool water. In my site specific work I emphasize cracks and imperfections in the architecture to draw attention to the shift that has occurred since the space was created. I collect flowers, dirt, dust and other things that are changing around me. I use those materials in my art and change them again.
I have always lived with the fantasy that someday everything will be fixed, stable, and perfect. Happily ever after. I feel the more I can come to terms with the fact that all things are always in flux, the more I can accept that change is dynamic, important, inevitable, and good.
— Erin Dengerink
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Selected Exhibitions (*Solo)
2014 YES!, Northbank, Vancouver WA
Bodies, North Seattle Community College Gallery, Seattle WA
Art Lab Exhibit, VOCA, Vancouver WA
Artist Trust Benefit Auction, Seattle WA
* One becomes a bird, North Bank Artists Gallery, Vancouver WA
* The hole in your heart, Spaceworks, Tacoma WA
2013 *Puddle, Pool, Ooze, VOCA Window space, Vancouver WA
Teardrop, Raindrop, Heartbeat, Vigor Industry, Portland OR
Viscosity - The Lodge, Portland OR
The Marriage of words, Angst, Vancouver WA
*Dissolve, Angst, Vancouver WA
Cascade Aids Project Annual Auction, Portland OR
Curated by Lawerence Fong
2012 2012 Annual, CoCA, Seattle WA
Curated by M.K. Guth,
All about Everything, Angst, Vancouver WA
Erin Dengerink and Fletcher Meisenburg, MFA Central, Portland OR
MFA VS first year exhibit, Disjecta, Portland OR
2011 MFA Open Studios, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR
Happy Hour, Lodge, Portland, OR
Pulp, MFA Central Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Windows into Art, Temporary installations in storefronts, Vancouver, WA
Women Embracing Art, Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver, WA
2009 Word, Angst Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2008 Boomers, Clark County Historical Museum, Vancouver, WA
Drawing Attention, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2007 *Paper Cuts, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Cut and Paste, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA
2006 Cut Paper (two woman show) Pi-Rem, Portland, OR
Ladies don’t, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver WA
Body Language, North Bank Gallery, Vancouver WA
2002 Just Bizarre, 66 Balmy, San Francisco CA
Inhabitation/Exhibition, Art Angels Benefit, San Francisco CA
2000 Small Arts 2000, Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, Santa Rosa CA
1999 Small Arts 1999, Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, Santa Rosa CA
1998 *Build Benefit, Build gallery, San Francisco CA
Miniature, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE
2015 Rainmaker, Portland, OR - Residency program
2012 Caldera, Sisters OR,
With visiting artists Gregg Bordowitz, Julie Ault, and Tracey Cockrell
2013 Guth, MK. CoCA 2012 Annual. Georgetown CoCA 2013
2012 Hanson, Killeen. “Visual Studies Students at Caldera.” Untitled. November 27 2012.
2010 Arnold, Janice. “Erin Dengerink.” Windows into Art. http://2010windowsintoart.blogspot.com/ (May 31, 2010).
2007 Raferty, Isole. “High Schools of Art.” The Columbian. December 8, 2007.
2005 Balazo Gallery” ArtBuisness.com January 14, 2005 http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/varbbal21.html
2004 Swanhuyser, Hiya. “Rock Doves” SF Weekly. August 04, 2004.
Bing, Alison. “Urban Birds at Balazo Gallery”. Artweek. October 2004 vol. 35, issue 8.
Prasad, Lena.“Urban Birds at Balzao Gallery”. Mission Arts Monthly. November, 2004
Child Development Center Mural, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Portland Portable Works, Portland, OR
Lavender Mural, Main St @ 23rd Vancouver, WA
Arts Organization Experience
Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
2008-2011 Gallery Director
Coordinated three exhibition spaces on campus. Responsible for curating, promoting and organizing exhibits. Collaborated with departments across campus, including academic departments, facilities, marketing and events.
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford CA
2005 Docent and Volunteer coordinator
Coordinated with the docent board and volunteers to provide public group tours of the museum. Worked closely with the education department.
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA
1998-2005 House Manager
Facilitated center events such as performances, film screenings and art openings. Events varied in size from intimate lectures with less than 10 audience members to corporate events with 1500+ patrons.
Balazo Gallery, San Francisco CA
2004, 2005 Guest Curator for two exhibits
Urban Bird 8/2004
Lost and Found 1/2005
ArtRock, SanFrancisco CA
1999 Gallery Assistant
Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco CA
MFA Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR
Visual studies program, May 2013
BFA San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
BA Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
Fine Arts 1994
Clark College Extension Education program, Vancouver, WA
2007-2012 Instructor Drawing, Portraiture, Creative explorations
Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland OR
2012 Teaching Assistant, Life Drawing with Paul Missal
2012 Teaching Assistant, Basic Drawing with Hayley Barker
Washington State University, Vancouver WA
2012 Visiting Artist, Beginning Painting, FA 320
Participated in class critiques, hands on demonstration and image lecture.
2010-2011 Part time Instructor, Introduction to Business, MgtOp 101
Developed curriculum. Prepared lectures, and class activities.
2009-2011 Instructor, Fine Arts Friday, Instructor for free community workshops
Led workshops on drawing, painting, portraiture, altered books and collage.
Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
2006-2011 Program Coordinator/Academic Coordinator
Worked with over two hundred students per semester to help them navigate the university system and work toward achieving their academic and career goals. Developed and facilitated career events, counseled students and partnered with faculty and staff on students issues. Assisted the faculty with teaching and research projects. Involved with recruiting new students and out reach to community business partners.
Academic and Community Service
Washington State University Committees:
2010-2011 Campus Art Committee member
Commissioned a major piece of public art by Stuart Schechter
2008-2011 Diversity Art Committee member
2010-2011 College of Business Strategic Planning Committee
2008-2011 Multiple search committees
The Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver WA, 2006-2008 Board Member
Southwest Washington Medical Center, Vancouver, WA, 2006-2007 Jury Committee
Selected hundreds of works of art for the medical center