Coverbild Erik Schmidt
Erik Schmidt
Hunting Grounds
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Edited by: MARTa Herford GmbH
Texts by: Matthias Mühling, Sebastian Preuss, Niels Werber/Esther Ruelfs, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz
Foreword: Jan Hoet
German, English
December 2006 , 160 Pages , 0 Ills.
327mm x 239mm
ISBN: 978-3-7757-1827-1
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Erik Schmidt—one of the “stars” among young German painters ... treasured by mega-collectors like the Rubells in Miami.“ (Monopol)
Erik Schmidt (*1968) has hunting fever. After getting in with aristocratic hunting circles, the Berlin-based artist was allowed to hunker down in coverts with the “most beautiful hunter in Germany,” chase game through the forests with the local farmers, and dance until the wee hours at hunt balls. With the help of his hosts he was able to inscrutably appropriate the rites that continue to constitute the nobility. Schmidt picks up on a classic visual theme, yet his plan of attack is conceptual: the artist amalgamates the motif of the hunter by slipping into the role; this is a metaphor for the dialectic between hunter and hunted, perpetrator and victim. Various clichés of masculinity are explored, some of them by Schmidt himself. The different forms of representation in Hunting Grounds not only elucidate the social and symbolic consequences of hunting, but also track our enduring fascination for this archaic, male-dominated world.Exhibition schedule: MARTa Herford, January 27–March 11,2007
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