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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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Erik Schmidt, Folge den Markierungen
Publisher: Museum Marta Herford and HDZ NRW
Design: Neue Gestaltung
With contributions by: Amely Deiss, Stephan Gripp, Stephanie Kloss, Roland Nachtigäller, Adriano Sack

ISBN 978-3-938433-34-8 

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Erik Schmidt, Downtown
Published by Katja Blomberg, Renate Goldmann
Verlag Walther König, 2013
German and English, 84 pages

EAN 9783863352820
ISBN 3863352823

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Erik Schmidt, UP (Urban Posing)
Exhibition catalog
Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam. Snoek, Köln 2004

ISBN 3-936859-12-4.

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Erik Schmidt, Gatecrasher, Exhibition catalog
Marta Herford, Kunstverein Gütersloh, Werkstatt Bleichhäuschen, Diotima Gesellschaft e.V. Kerber, Bielefeld/Leipzig/Berlin 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-483-3.

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