Catherine Erb

Thin Air

5 September – 7 October 2017
Opening: 9 September, 5-8pm
DiaLoGue: 20 September, 6-7pm

This September Catherine Erb returns to David Lusk Gallery and Thin Air in Nashville. A continuation of her solo show from 2016, Thin Air explores fleeting, yet meaningful moments captured before their impact is fully realized.

Erb uses a large-format printer to print her photographs and adheres the paper to thick panel. She then layers encaustic over her photographs, creating a hazy veil that gives the work another dimension while still keeping the sharpness and clarity of the image intact. In between the layers of wax, Erb adds pigment.

“I spend the most time searching for glimpses of a thing’s divine essence and being still and present enough to capture those moments. There is a little break in time that occurs after something comes into my viewfinder but before I have a chance to react or form a judgement: there is clarity in that interval of time, and I try to shoot and capture that moment.”

Erb’s fascination with photography led to a regular practice in the late 80s when she had unlimited access to a camera and dark room. After high school, she moved to Europe to work with photographers for several years before returning to Memphis. Using her camera as a visual journal, Erb discovered a digital darkroom and began creating her own pigment prints as well as exploring alternative ways to print her work.

David Lusk Gallery is located at 516 Hagan Street in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday from 11-4. For more information or visuals please contact Amelia Briggs at 615.780.9990 or

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