Erik Groff is a self-taught artist who is known for transforming refuse into colorful site
specific installations inspired by abandoned scraps of urban life. As with many artists, it
is difficult to categorize Groff’s multifaceted creativity, except through historical
chronology. Beginning as a studio artist working primarily in oils and other painting
mediums, his artistic voice and contributions found an audience outside the gallery art
scene through the abandonment of the studio art tradition.
Often dismissed by the casual onlooker as overtly whimsical or naïve, Groff’s work has
served to bridge the expanding void between ‘respectable’ gallery art and the underground
urban art scene usually referred to as ‘street’ or ‘graffiti art’. By pushing the frontiers
of urban expression beyond spray painted stencils and wall pasted icons, his work offers an
insurgent bolt of energy to the viewer, while simultaneously commenting on the crux of a
modernized society locked into ever deepening cycles of over consumption. Groff tends to
employ almost any manner of waste necessary to prove his point, and serves as an
inspirational springboard within an emerging art form, which seeks to comment on our
environment, politics, and history –enriching the cultural, and critical value of art made
from discarded materials.