Artist Statement

Curriculum Vitæ


Erica Schreiner is an experimental video and performance artist, writer and poet based in New York City.

New York artist, Dustin Dis, referred to Schreiner's work as, "A singular and uncompromising vision, both surreal and hyper-real."

Schreiner shoots VHS video-- while simultaneously performing before the camera. She creates avant-garde, surreal, ethereal, video artwork that invite the audience to enter an immersive, other-worldly, dream-like space. Mad Gleam Press has referred to her work as 'genre-breaking'.

Originally from Oregon, Schreiner received a BS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Portland. Schreiner attended the School of Visual Arts Lens and Screen Art’s Residency Program. She also studied under the direction of performance artist, Marina Abramović at MoMA PS1, where Marina Abramović, Erica Schreiner, and 11 other performance artists performed together.

Erica Schreiner has completed more than 70 performative video art pieces using a VHS video recorder, including Satori, a feature length film. She’s created music videos for: Soft Metals, Reba Hasko, JF Robitaille, The Crash Engine, American Anymen, Fierro Ex Machina, and the johns.

Schreiner’s work has shown at the Bill Hodges Gallery in NYC and Gallery Petite in Brooklyn. She been a regular contributor to Nick Knight's SHOWstudio and has curated the SHOWstudio blog.

Schreiner published two books of short stories under her label, Analog Cinema. Hellos & Goodbyes (2009) and Arrows (2015) Illustrated by Nyssa Frank. In 2018, Blue Pear Projects released a collection of Schreiner's poetry entitled: The Plastic Sea. Her debut novella, The Greatest History of Life is scheduled for release this year with Mad Gleam Press.

In addition, Schreiner has written several zines, and can regularly be seen performing and engaging the performance and poetry communities in NYC. Her current projects include: Living Volume, an open mic she established and hosts in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood; Marietta Magazine, a printed periodical that explores and documents experimental video and performance art. She runs The Analog Cinema, an underground performance venue, and is currently working on The Special People, her second feature film.

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