A brief history...

Eric Angelo Bessel (born November 19, 1981 in Manchester, Connecticut) is an American visual artist and musician. He currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Bessel attended Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts from 2000–2004; completing a BFA in Art Photography in May of 2004. After graduation, he moved to New York City, and attended the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Video and Related Media Graduate Program from 2005-2006. Bessel has exhibited his photographs nationwide and his untitled grass/hair series was featured in The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2. In Spring 2011, Bessel's first artist monograph, ‘Archive {2005-2010},’ was released by Conveyor. The following year, Bessel produced a book/exhibition catalogue titled, ‘I’ll Be Your Father,’ to accompany a series of Kombucha mother portraits being shown at 360SEE Gallery in Chicago.

In late 2011, Bessel formed the musical group, Lore City, with fellow Syracuse University alumnus, and wife Laura Mariposa. They have released two albums since 2013, ‘Absence & Time’ (Already Dead Tapes, 2013) and ‘Kill Your Dreams’ (1980 Records and Already Dead Tapes, 2014). The latter’s record jacket features two photographs by NYC artist, Kim Keever.

Bessel Contemporary

The entity, Bessel Contemporary, grew out of the internet. Eric Bessel discovered several other people who answered to the same name. In an effort to distinguish himself, Bessel Contemporary was created as the living estate of visual artist and musician, Eric Angelo Bessel. This website, besselcontemporary.com features a sampling of photographic work, musical work, and other creative collaborations.