About Activity: Making Connections Installation Views Participants Press Release Findings Acknowledgements

Artist / occasional curator Erik Sanner seeks to uncover and share unpredictable results of creativity.

His first solo curatorial effort, "How to Enjoy Traffic Cones" (chashama, New York, 2009) brought together several artists exploring the visual possibilities of traffic cones, and received a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. When exhibiting Susan Woolf's "Carry Water" in 2009, he was able to convince viewer-participants to bring tap water from hundreds of miles away to the exhibition. His project "Have a Painting? Leave a Painting. Need a Painting? Take a Painting" (with Anna Ogier-Bloomer, in 2008), based on the concept of the penny jar, created over seventy artist-collector connections during a one-week time span.

Sanner co-founded the APE (Aesthetic Purposes Exploration) salon in 2007 (with writer David Ramm) and continues to work with David on selecting topics and lead the APE discussions together. Sanner has written about art for the Huffington Post and is a founding member of LISA (Leaders In Software and Art).

As a curator, Sanner seeks to facilitate connections between people through unique methods of presenting diverse bodies of work.