Erik Bakke

The series “100 Years of Freedom--August 28, 1911 to August 28, 2011” includes 101 paintings on paper by Erik Bakke. Each painting is 30 x 22 1/4 inches and mixed media on paper. The dates of the series refer to the date Ishi entered modern California and the 100 years following. Each painting refers to a specific year. The first year is 1911 and the last is 2011. The title of each painting is taken from text written or painted on that painting. This text and the title refer to events of the particular year and drawings depicting those events that appear in the painting. The drawings within the paintings are labeled with a letter corresponding to a letter labeling the drawing’s description within the text and title.