For Immediate Release: October 1, 2011

Sky High Gallery presents

Jailbait” New Tapestries by Erin M. Riley

October 21- November 27, 2011

Opening Reception: Gallery Night, Friday October 21, 6-10pm

"Webcam" 36 x 19 handwoven tapestry, hand-dyed wool 2011

Please join us Gallery Night at Sky High for the opening reception of Philadelphia based Erin M. Riley, Friday October 21 from 6-10pm. Light food and drink will be served.

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Erin M Riley | Statement

As I research the issues that preface addiction and risky behavior I am creating scenarios in my mind about how the people in the images I use grew up or how they have caved to the pressures of today’s life. I am finding images using Google Image Search, and Facebook, to find pictures of young adults in precarious situations or the objects that are the cause of arrest, investigation or bad behavior. I am using imagery that I find to be shocking and excessive, that many might find to be temporary, fun and fleeting and weaving them into tapestries to solidify the event in yarn. I am weaving these images which reappear all over the internet to show how excessive and exploitative the internet can be. I am drawn to an image because of the details, braided hair, bracelets, music or video game posters, the color of lighters, trash in the background, used condoms, dirty underwear, spilled beer, ashtrays, hickies, spots on the mirror, dirty sheets, and dirty socks. Many of the images of young girls are meant to be just about the body, sexually appealing and nothing else, sucked in bellies and arched backs but there are many details in these images that might clue you in to what kind of person this young woman might be. I wonder what it might feel like to feel the pressure as a young girl to provide these kinds of pictures and how this can cause a person to unravel as they grow up.

Recent press coverage for Erin M. Riley is here.


Sky High Gallery located at 2501 South Howell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53207

Open 6 days a week to the public: Monday-Friday 12-7, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5 & Shut on Tuesdays.

The gallery is tucked into the back of Sky High Skateboard Shop in the Bay View Neighborhood south of Downtown.

At any hour of the day check out Edition #5 of the Temporary Mural Project featuring Vanessa Andrews. The Temporary Mural Project is an outdoor 8'x 8' space on the East wall of Sky High, facing Howell Ave. Milwaukee based artist's are invited to create a piece of work in their studio that is later installed on the wall for durations of 3 months. These temporary murals brighten the community, promote growth and creativity in our neighborhood all while giving the artist street side exposure. Postcards of each mural are printed and available for free while supplies last in the shop.

Sky High Gallery since 2010 // Sky High Skateboard Shop since 1988