Elizabeth Dee knows exactly what you want this holiday season – something that makes you temporarily forget all the hullabaloo of the outside world, providing a quiet spiritual escape. Something pure and dreamy. This very magical something can be found in the paintings and video work of Erik Schmidt. The Berlin-based artist chooses for subject matter the landscapes of the Ella Valley, situated between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Schmidt paints with a loose and expressive, wild control. Juicy, thick piles of paint are pushed around the canvas, molded and carved to re-create a biblical landscape of olive trees, desert pines, and ancient limestone buildings. He uses a washed out palette of pinks and greens, with heavy doses of white, making everything look virginal and distant. Looking at his paintings you get the feeling that he cleaned and restructured the land for your viewing pleasure.
Images: Langweilige Widerspiegelung, 2008; Den eigenen Wünschen angleichen (2008). Courtesy Elizabeth Dee Gallery.