Project Description

b. 1960, Los Angeles, CA

Eric Zammitt’s work alludes to the dynamics and interplay of dual elements: matter and energy, spirit and body, emotion and intellect. It is simultaneously about our Gestalt experience of the drama and beauty of creation, our intellectual fascination with its parts, and how they come together to create a whole.

One of the methods to express this interplay is by compounding complexes of patterned color into synergistic wholes. Color and pattern are primal to our history and survival. They touch parts of us that are archetypal, rooted in nature, and infinitely curious. Zammitt employs abstraction and minimalism as ways to bypass the literal and go directly to metaphor, emotion, and the ineffable. At the same time, like classical music, which integrates intellect and emotion, his works are based in structure, rhythm, and a form of logic.

These “paintings” are made from tens of thousands of solid bits of colored acrylic plastic. They are laminated into cohesive panels through an intensive process of layering, slicing, reassembly, wet-sanding and polishing. For Zammitt, colored acrylic plastics are simply solid forms of paint, and his “brushes” are the band saw, table saw, and glue.

Pasadena City College, Associate in Arts Degree
California State University, Los Angeles
Three years independent study and travel in Japan and greater Asia
Dissolve, at the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Los Angeles, CA
Eric Zammitt – Radiation, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Eric Zammitt, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Material Distillation, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Eric Zammitt – Acrylic Plastic Constructions, Davis and Cline Gallery, Ashland, OR
Acrylic Constructions, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Cabin Fever, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Particles and Waves, Harris Gallery, University of La Verne, La Vernne, CA
Eric Zammitt, David Lawrence Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Eric Zammitt, Pasadena City College Art Gallery, Pasadena, CA
Annual Group Show II, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Chromatic, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Color Spectrum, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
Intersecting at the Edge, three person show with Karl Benjamin and Heather Gwen Martin, Claremont Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Intent Fortuity, Jamie Brooks Fine Art, Costa Mesa, CA
Elemental – Seeing the Light, Curated by John David Obrien, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, Los Angeles, CA
Ethereal, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Without Dialogue, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Beyond the Surface, Tandem show with Jennifer Faist. Launch Gallery, Los Angeles,CA
A to Z, Brett Rubicco Gallery, Newport Beach, CA
Brave New World, Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
20 Year Anniversary Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Random Acts of Time, Curated by William Moreno, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
Locals Only, Curated by Mat Gleason, Look Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rolling and Ruling, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Themes and Variations, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Good to Go, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
All in the Family, Group show including Anne Thorhycroft with Laddie John and Ariel Dill, Ed and Eddie Ruscha, Ed and Andy Moses, and Norman Zammitt. Curated by Molllie Barnes. George Billis
Good Clean Fun, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
Connie Goldman / Eric Zammitt, Tangent Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Three Some, Three person exhibition with Tim Nolan and Gary Symanski, Newspace Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Merge, Curated by Jennifer Faist, Andlab, Los Angeles, CA
Gridlock, Curated by Kristina Newhouse, West L.A. College, CA
Trans Fab (Transcendental Fabrication), Domestic Setting, Venice, CA
Approaching Perfection, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
Wall of Honor, permanent installation, donor wall, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Kaleidoscope, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA
Venice Art Walk Silent Auction, Venice, CA
Korea International Art Fair, Pusan, Korea, Represented by Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Venice Art Walk Silent Auction, California Sculpture Garden, Venice, CA Curator: Noel Korten
Skin and Bone, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, CA Curator: Noel Korten
On and Off the Wall, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
Adams/Central Mixed Use Development, Permanent Public Art Installation, Los Angeles, CA
Arnold and Homeira Goldstien Joni Gordon Estate
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Bibi Space Gallery, Daejon, South Korea
Borusan Foundation Collection, Istanbul, Turkey; New York, NY
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Palo Alto, CA
Cordish Family Foundation, Baltimore, MD Samawi Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirate
David Loomstein
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE
DeWain Valentine
Dr. Kumiko Saito, Hayama, Japan
Dr. Richard Lasarow Estate
Dr. Todd Hutton
Gerald E. Buck Collection Lori Bush, Plug Lighting Inc.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles, CA
Gina Posalski
Harvey Universal Inc., Los Angeles, CA
The Hearst Foundation Collection, New York, NY
The Held Collection, Held Properties, Los Angeles, CA
Ian Schrager Company, London, UK
Jarrow Formulas Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Jarrow Rogovin
Ken Kaplan
Joannie Stern Sue Tsao
John and Elsie Sadler
Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation, Portland, OR
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Betty Asher Collection, Los Angeles, CA
Lynda Cumming, Sketchers Corp.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Martin Z. Margulies Foundation Inc., Miami, FL
Marianne Kim, Daejon, Korea
Marilyn Lasarow and Judge William Lasarow
The Marvin and Elayne Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL
McDonald’s Corporation (McDonald’s Baltimore, Washington Regional Office)
MGM National Harbor Heritage Collection, Washington, D.C.
Mr. & Mrs. Eric Moscahlaidis, New York, NY
Museum of Art and History, Permanent collection, Lancaster, CA
Neil and Pamela Kramer
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Pomona College Museum of Art, Permanent collection, Pomona, CA
Ralph Perl and Rhoda Shapiro
Ron and Una Brasch Collection Movado Group, Inc., New York,
Sammlung Schroth, Soest, Germany
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Shuji Kato and Kazumi Kua, Tokyo, Japan
Tony and Cindy Canzoneri
Tsuge Cafe, Tokyo, Japan
United States Federal Courthouse, Los Angeles, CA
University of La Verne, Permanent Collection, La Verne, CA
Wallach Glass Studio, Santa Rosa, CA
Four story permanent window installation. Community Redevelopment Agency with Meta Housing Corporation Adams/Central Mixed-Use Development, Los Angeles, CA
McLister, Iris. Review of Material Distillation, Art Source, Jan. 2013
Frank, Peter. On the Radar, Seventeen Artists You Should Know About, THE magazine, Sept. 2009
Gleason, Matt. Interview, Coagula Art Journal, Feb. 2009
Miles, Christopher. Do these small bits add to a whole?, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 11, 2005
Gleason, Matt. Review, Artscene, June 22, 2004
Frank, Peter. Art Pick of the Week, L.A. Weekly, July 16 – 22, 2004
Pagel, David. Delight is in the Details, Los Angeles Times, July 2, 2004
Knapp, Michele. Review, Coagula Art Journal, Nov. 2003
Webb, Michael. High Tide, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Dec. 2000
Nilson, Lisbet. Queen of Cups, Los Angeles Magazine, May 1991
Clark, Garth. The Book of Cups, Abbeville Press 1990, cover and p. 21

art ltd: Eric Zammitt: “Material Distillation” at David Richard Gallery
Invisible, unfathomable patterns are mysteriously interwoven through empirical existence. The best art, like our favorite experiences, teases unseen worlds into view. In Material Distillation, Eric Zammitt presented a series of large works formed from cut and laminated acrylic plastics, bringing the ethereal down to earth.

Visual Art Source: Editorial Recommendations
LA-based Eric Zammitt’s aesthetic contains slickly abstract sculpture and assemblage works that are constructed from tiny bits of Plexiglas. They often adhere to precisely geometric layouts, but their palette of vibrant colors makes them feel unexpectedly spontaneous and fresh.

THE magazine: On The Radar – Seventeen Artists You Should Know About
Eric Zammitt continues the stylistic arc set in motion by his father, the late finish/fetish painter-sculptor Norman Zammitt.

Los Angeles Times: Do these small bits add to a whole?
Assorted legacies find fresh interpretation and expansion in Eric Zammitt’s works at New-Space.

Los Angeles Times: Delight is in the details
Not so long ago, no artist in his right mind would make a painting based on a grid. The regularity , regimentation and rigor of such restrictively rational structures represented everything art wasn’t – fluid, freewheeling and unpredictable.