Feb 9–Apr 24, 2021
Silver Eye Center for Photography
4808 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
1/8: "Break Room, Erik", from the series, "Team Member"
2/8: "Mold", from the series, "Team Member"
3/8: From the series, "Team Member"
4/8: "Squid", from the series, "Team Member"
5/8: "Rants and Raves", from the series, "Team Member"
6/8: From the series, "Team Member"
7/8: From the series, "Team Member"
8/8: From the series, "Team Member"
Fellowship 2020 Keystone Award winner Erik Hagen's exhibition Team Member uses staged photography and poetic text to explore his personal experience working in a large chain grocery store. The artist playfully and painfully records the physical and psychological effects of this environment, the feeling of losing one's identity in the face of corporate dogma, and the unrelenting desires of the customer.
Fellowship is Silver Eye's international juried photography competition. For twenty years this competition has recognized both rising talent and established photographers from all corners of the globe, and from the state of Pennsylvania. This year, Silver Eye received over two hundred submissions of creative, challenging photography. The Keystone Award is awarded to an artist working within working and living within the state of Pennsylvania. Erik Hagen's work was selected by Dan Leers, Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museum of Art
Erik Hagen is an artist based in Lancaster, PA, whose work has appeared in numerous group shows, both in the United States and internationally, and he was a selected participant in Review Santa Fe. He is interested in the ways in which jobs affect the psychological space of the people who work them.