“I’m Standing in Misunderstanding,” he says.

Eric Dyer paints in bright, saturated, neon-y color. His work is pleasing, jovial even, and possesses the rare ability to make the corners of your mouth turn up and eyes squint at the same time.

It’s probably because, from his point of view, broken is complete and mistakes are a sort of language through which he can communicate. It’s the oxymoron of the glitch, Eric’s speciality.

Eric Dyer, April’s Master Artist on Vimeo

Literally, a glitch is: an unexpected and usually minor problem; especially : a minor problem with a machine or device (such as a computer).

Eric uses glitch, in the very literal sense of the word, to digitally distort and break old photographs, creating an imperfect, pixelized image on a screen. He then translates the digital form into a material counterpart through paint.

glitch painting tom feyher

No matter how bleak things became, I always found my way back to art, never really having left, 12″ x 12″

And this is where glitch gets poetic

In his words,

The ‘mistakes’ of a glitch break apart what you are looking at, reconstructing that image into something new. A glitch is a representation of the ways we misunderstand each other and the world. My work could mean a lot of things. It doesn’t have to mean anything, because it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”


And it might be worth noting, that what you see isn’t “right” or “wrong,” it just is. While the pre-glitch images pull from Eric’s life (often childhood), and their painted forms come from Eric’s hand, how the end results are perceived remains entirely up to the viewer – you.

missing me painting

Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you, 12″ x 12″

The only thing that has changed is everything

The only thing that has changed is everything, 24″ x 24″


Eric in his San Francisco studio

Eric in his San Francisco studio, wardrobe/everything is his own.

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Eric is currently exhibiting in a solo show at Totally Rad Gallery in Berkeley, CA. The show is titled ‘Standing in Misunderstanding,’ and it is totally rad…scout’s honor.




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