In addition to traditional pictorial motifs such as landscape painting, Erik Schmidt’s work also depicts motifs involving current political issues. His painting style varies from pointillism to impasto. In his recent paintings, he lets the white of the primed canvas speak for itself; surfaces remain blank and are increasingly incorporated into the narrative mode of his work, thereby creating a new image dynamic.
For Rohkunstbau Erik Schmidt will present three works from his "Downtown" series. In this series, the artist examines the Occupy movement in New York in 2011, which he witnessed. The resulting snapshots inspired this series. The Zuccotti Square becomes the centre of the protest movement, it is occupied by the protestors and turned into a camp. In impasto paintings Erik Schmidt portrays the scenery in snapshots and highlights its revolutionary character. Two large scale paintings and the portrait of a masked protester are on display in the exhibition, the police next to the protestors is perceived as peaceful; in other images of the series the artist captures the police eviction of the square. The Occupy movement was part of a worldwide revolution against the establishment – originating with protests in Spain and the Arab Spring, through to the protests in the United States that were mainly directed against the speculation on the stock market.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2013 Downtown, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany
2012 Downtown, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
2010 Bogged Down, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
2008 Working the landscape, carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany
2007 Hunting Grounds, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)
2014 Jäger & Sammler, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Fragen Wagen - Zusammenstöße mit der Sammlung Marta, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
2013 Into the woods, ART TAIPEI, Taipeh, China
PAINTING FOREVER! KEILRAHMEN, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2012 The future lasts forever, Interalia, Seoul, South Korea
The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA
MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany