Eric Trine ‘13 on OPB


Eric Trine '13 and "Altars to the Unknown" featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Eric Trine, MFA AC+D ’13 was interviewed about his most recent exhibition, “Altars To The Unknown” at the newly opened Nisus Gallery for a feature for PBS and on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Arts and Life page. In the video, Trine talks about his work (“I work as an artist and as a designer.”) and about his new show at Nisus (pronounced Nye-sus).

“I’ve wanted to be an artist, I’ve wanted to be an architect. At one point I wanted to do clothing and be a fashion designer,” says Trine in the OPB interview, “So I always knew that making would be part of my life, I just didn’t know that I’d be able to make a living from it.”

A bit later in the clip, Trine elaborates on how what he makes doesn’t always fit easily into the buckets of art, craft, or design: “Which purpose is this for? Is this a table? Is this a chair? Is this something I don’t know what it is? Then it goes into the ‘art’ category…”

This flexibility of function sometimes makes critiquing Trine’s work complicated.

Trine invited his graduate critique seminar up to the show for feedback.

“It’s the most engaging critique I’ve gotten in two years,” he said. “I think it was because there was no furniture. [Note: Trine is also a furniture maker.] They were able to talk about the arrangements, the color, about how all these pieces and objects come together.”

He adds, “There’s a very interesting thing that happens, I’ve noticed, about fifteen minutes after someone walks into the gallery. At first they think it’s all chaos, all color, but then – and I can see it when it happens – they start to see the order of things, why it’s arranged the way it is. That’s fun to watch.”

“Altars To The Unknown” opened at Nisus Gallery and runs through April 28, 2013.

Trine is no stranger to press attention: his work and practice have been featured in The Oregonian and Sight Unseen, and on various other design and lifestyle blogs including Design*Sponge, LeyLines, and Poketo. You can view more of Trine’s work on his website, Tumblr, and via his active Instagram feed.

Eric Trine and “Altars To The Unknown” on PBS:

Watch Eric Trine: A Maker Of Things on PBS. See more from Arts and Life.

by Killeen Hanson, MFA ACD '12.

— Posted on 04/15 at 03:00 PM

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