HOTTEA

HOTTEA, otherwise known as Eric Rieger, transforms public spaces through ambitious yarn installations that—even while invoking “disorderly” graffiti culture—rely on rigorously ordered systems of organization and production. HOTTEA’s always temporary works have been sited on fences, under bridges, along pedestrian walkways, and in museums and other exhibition spaces. His recent “collaboration” with Ernie of Sesame Street is captured in video.

HOTTEA, who grew up south of Minneapolis, earned a BFA in graphic design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and credits his grandmother, a devoted knitter, with his yarn fascination. Increasingly, HOTTEA travels the world by invitation to animate public spaces through his very structured method of “yarn-bombing.”

  • Sometimes I wish upon a star

    HOTTEA
    Sometimes I wish upon a star, 2012
    Installation

  • Letting Go

    HOTTEA
    Letting Go, 2012
    Installation

  • Passageway

    HOTTEA
    Passageway, 2013
    Installation