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Erik Schmidt

German artist Erik Schmidt creates works that engage with symbolic processes within various social subsystems. Immersing himself in foreign contexts plays a significant role in his paintings, videos, photographs, and drawings. Throughout his work, Schmidt continues to consciously adopt the figure of the outsider, whether in the crowded urban landscape of Tokyo, the camps of the American Occupy movement, among wine and olive producers in the West Bank or the aristocratic hunting circles of his native North Rhine-Westphalia. This removed stance offers him a distinct insight into group dynamics and the various clichés, stereotypes, codes, rituals, norms, patterns, and conventions they all hold.

Erik Schmidt (b. 1968, Herford) lives and works in Berlin. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions at institutions such as Kunsthalle Hamburg, Hamburg; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Artists Space, New York; MARTa Herford, Herford; Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Matsumoto City Museum of Art, Matsumoto; and Museum der Moderne, Salzburg. 

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Transition of maximum , 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 130 cm

Transition of maximum, 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 130 cm

Naoki bq , 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Naoki bq, 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Surface absorption , 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 121 cm

Surface absorption, 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 121 cm

Yuito bq , 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Yuito bq, 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Designated areas , 2016 oil on canvas, 160 x 110 cm

Designated areas, 2016 oil on canvas, 160 x 110 cm

Masashi bq , 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

Masashi bq, 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

Air inhalation , 2016, oil on canvas, 230 x 140 cm

Air inhalation, 2016, oil on canvas, 230 x 140 cm

Hayato bq , 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

Hayato bq, 2016, oil on canvas 70 x 50 cm

From the cosmos , 2016, oil on canvas, 230 x 140 cm

From the cosmos, 2016, oil on canvas, 230 x 140 cm

Shiori bq , 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

Shiori bq, 2016, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm

Orbital electrons , 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm

Orbital electrons, 2016, oil on canvas, 170 x 120 cm

Air radiation , 2016, oil on canvas, 218,5 x 148,5 cm

Air radiation, 2016, oil on canvas, 218,5 x 148,5 cm

Rays around you , 2016, oil on canvas, 250 x 160 cm

Rays around you, 2016, oil on canvas, 250 x 160 cm

Cut/Uncut, 2016, film still, Digital video, 11.58 min

Easternbloc , 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 160 cm

Easternbloc, 2014, oil on canvas, 100 x 160 cm

Overlock , 2014, oil on canvas, 130 x 180 cm

Overlock, 2014, oil on canvas, 130 x 180 cm

Roa, Rooooaaaa,  2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm

Roa, Rooooaaaa, 2014, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm

Pick-Up-Spots , 2014, oil on canvas, 130 x 230 cm

Pick-Up-Spots, 2014, oil on canvas, 130 x 230 cm

Wall street is our street , 2012, from the series  Downtown , 220 x 150 cm

Wall street is our street, 2012, from the series Downtown, 220 x 150 cm

Tell me what democracy looks like , 2012, from the series  Downtown , 220 x 150 cm

Tell me what democracy looks like, 2012, from the series Downtown, 220 x 150 cm

Occupay everything , 2012, from the series  Downtown , 110 x 180 cm

Occupay everything, 2012, from the series Downtown, 110 x 180 cm

Terrorzelle , 2011, oil on canvas, 220 x 150 cm

Terrorzelle, 2011, oil on canvas, 220 x 150 cm