Artists' Talk at CCA, Volker Eichelmann and Florian Schmidt
Berlin and Vienna-based artists Volker Eichelmann and Florian Schmidt
generate collaborative installations of abstract paintings and
elegantly hacked objects that sample early Modernist utopias, a site
where painting, architecture, and drawing as sculpture
collapse into a continuous field of play.
Volker Eichelmann's work investigates elusivity and Modernism,
obsolescence, fragmentary architecture, proposals and language. In his
continued series, Proposals for Sculptures and Building, Eichelmann
riffs through Constructivist Utopian projects, an elegant, ironic
hacking of material culture and aspiration that continues in
Eichelmann’s 'Faked. Because Proust' works, collaged fragments of
French Surrealist texts.
Florian Schmidt's paintings, sculptures, assemblages, appear poised in
a state of endless potential and flux, chaos and composition. His
excised canvases and cut-out objects feature one work which is made of
the remnants of another. In his current series NEED (2011) at Zach
Feuer Gallery, Schmidt constructs his compositions of elementary
shapes, imperfect circles, squares and rectangles, often covered with
lacquer, silicon and vinyl or embellished with cardboard and wires, a
vocabulary which features the cut-offs of offer works.
Both Eichelmann and Schmidt were featured in Frieze 2010 in London, Galerie
Andreas Huber in Vienna , and have a joint exhibition in San Francisco that opens at
Silverman Gallery on April 29th 2011, from 6-8pm.