Elliott Earls, 26th Annual ODU Literary Festival


Elliot Earls

Document Type

Featured Participant

Festival Date



University Gallery - 350 W. 21st St

Author/Artist Bio

Elliott Earls is a performance artist and designer. In May 2002, in association with Emigre Inc., he released Catfish, a flim on DVD that traces his work from lab to stage. The highly manipulated digital film incorporates animation, stop motion photography, drawing, typography, and live action into a seamless performance documentary. As a performance artist, Earls has performed in New York City at the Wooster Group’s Performing Garage, HERE, and the 2000 Culture Mart Festivals, and worldwide at such venues and events as the Cretiel Theatre Festival in France, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Oak Street Theatre in Portland, Maine, Experimenta 99 in Lisbon, Opera Totale in Venice, Typo 2000 in Berlin, and Living Surface in Park City, Utah. Earls’ first release, Throwing Apples at the Sun, won numerous awards and was included in ID Magazine’s 1996 Annual Design Review, the 1996 American Center for Design 100 Show, and the 1996 New York Art Directors’ Club Show. As a typographer, his original type design is distributed worldwide by Emigre Inc., and his posters are part of the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution. In 2001, Earls was appointed Designer-in-Residence at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and was named a finalist for the Chrysler National Design Award in New Media. He was profiled in 2002 by Eye, Print and Punk Planet magazine.


Earls presented on Friday, October 3, 2003 at 8:00 p.m.


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