Eric Vozzola, "Protect What You Love - The Reef"
Photograph by David Doubilet
This special edition is the first of four designs in the "Protect What You Love" series created in collaboration with Eric Vozzola. A new print in the series will be released quarterly over the course of 2018.
"Protect What You Love - The Reef" highlights coral reefs, the rainforests of the sea. While coral reefs cover less than 1% of Earth's surface, they provide a sheltered home to about 25% of marine fish species. However, in the past 50 years, the health of the world's reefs has declined significantly due to human-induced changes such as rising sea temperatures and increasingly acidic waters. It is estimated that 58% of the world's coral reefs are potentially threatened by human activity and that more than 80% of the world's shallow reefs are severely over-fished.
Eric is a fine artist, muralist, and graphic designer based out of Las Vegas, NV. He received his BFA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has shown work nationally and locally, including three solo exhibitions in his hometown, as well as having created multiple public art pieces around the Las Vegas valley – all alongside working as an in-house and freelance graphic designer. In his studio work, Eric often focuses on geometry, color, and landscapes as his subject matters of choice in achieving his ultimate goal of building bridges between art, design, and environment. This combination of organic forms and textures balanced with geometric and design-heavy elements, run rampant throughout his work. The content of his work is fueled by his desert environment – from mountain-scaped horizons, organic life forms, and vibrant colors found in the some of the most stunning sunsets in the Southwest. Eric believes his work impacts his audience by allowing for a visual arena to truly feel the vibrant colors he uses and to provide the mind with illusions of familiar, yet distant environments to transcend into deeper thought processes. Some of his recent notable projects include a third career solo exhibit currently at the Whitney Library Gallery in Las Vegas, collaborating on an immersive video room installation for Life Is Beautiful Festival in September 2017, and contributing local environmentally-focused murals to the Clark County ZAP!9 utility box public art project in May 2017.