Eric William Carroll

(American, b. 1980)

Long interested in the presence of humanity in scientific studies of the mysteries of the universe, Eric William Carroll’s A Light Year of Lead series (2014-2017) depicts three mining locations in Batavia, IL, Ely, MN, and Lead, SD, where scientists use the deep underground spaces to conduct studies on dark matter and neutrino experiments. In juxtaposing images captured in mines against those taken in natural caves, Carroll exposes the absurdity of trying to comprehend the whole of existence.

Eric William Carroll completed an MFA in Photography at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2006), and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (2002). Solo and two-person shows include Plato’s Home Movies, Rayko Photo Center, San Francisco (2011); Recent Developments/Speed of Dark, Michael Mazzeo Gallery, New York (2010); and Sunburn, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis (2007). Carroll is the recipient of several awards, including a MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2010); Art City Professional Artist Residency, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (2006); and Blacklock Emerging Artist Fellowship, Blacklock Nature Sanctuary, Minnesota (2006).

Dark Matter Detector, 2014Dark Matter Detector, 2014
Van de Graff Experiment, 2016Van de Graff Experiment, 2016


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