About the Photographer
American, b. 1977
By substituting the iconic Hollywood sign with the word YouTube, Eric Fleischauer humorously declares that the video-sharing platform has eclipsed the film and television industry. In so doing, the artist suggests that the old media of the 20th century created by a small group of specialists for mass audiences is being replaced by a new democratic, participatory media where user-generated and professional content exists side by side.
Eric Fleischauer completed an MFA in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2008) and a BA in Communication from the State University of New York College at Fredonia (2000). He has held screenings nationally and internationally, and has had solo exhibitions at Document, Chicago (2012); Harper College Art Gallery, Palatine, IL (2012); Threewalls, Chicago (2010); and at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago (2008). His work has also been included in exhibitions at the Luminary Center for the Arts, St. Louis (2013); Miami Art Basel (2012); DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University Marquette, MI (2012); and Gallery 400, Chicago (2011, 2008), among others. Fleischauer is included in the public collections of the Jane Adams Hull House Museum, Chicago; Hornswaggler Collection, Chicago; and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers Public Art Collection and Library, among others. He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including the Larsen Award from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2006); Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship in Media Arts (2003); first prize at the Three Rivers Film Festival for Best Short Film (2003); first prize at the Athens International Film and & Video Festival for Best Short Film (2003); the Eastman Kodak Film Award (2002); and the Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ First Works Grant (2001).