Erik Weiser (DE)
A recurring motif in the art works of Erik Weiser (DE) is the concept of recycling, or upcycling – the process of repurposing an existing material in a surprising manner. He uses everyday elements, such as reflectors used in traffic, to create compelling art installations. Light becomes an important factor in the visual experience and create life and movement in the geometric forms of his work.Building up a surface through repetition of multiple pieces of the same original form creates interesting patterns and color stories in his striking, three-dimensional work. It adds the reference to pop-art and modern consumption culture.
About Erik Weiser (DE) by (GHA)
Erik Weiser is a german artist who is active in several fields of art production, he experiments with materials – everything from traffic reflectors to small toy vehicles, similar to collector’s items, he makes bigger installations and abstract paintings.
As a young teenager Weiser began to create art, not for any specific reason,it was something he felt urged to do. At the age of 15 he was accepted to a kunst gymnasium which he attended but quit soon thereafter because it did not suit him. Already early on in his career Weiser worked abstractly and therefore made the conscious decision not to move on to study art at university level.
Art education is often based on a classical understanding of art, hence, he would have to conform to a figurative way of painting. Weiser has a somewhat radical view on art education, he believes that art can be ugly, beautiful, nice, it can be everything and, thus, it should not be a taught subject. Another of Weiser’s views on art is that everything that can be explained by written language does not need to be expressed in an artwork. Art, Weiser stresses, is about freedom of expression – it does not have to have a purpose.
There is not a general message to all of Weiser’s works, as he is active in different fields each style will have a particular purpose. Fascination for materials is a big source of inspiration for the sculptures and installations. In the work with traffic reflectors Weiser interrogates the in-between relation between material, light, space and reflection, he experiments and is then able to implement the specific abilities of specific materials. Light becomes an important factor in the visual experience and creates life and movement in the geometric forms of his work. A recurring motive in the artworks of Weiser is the concept of recycling, or upcycling – the process of repurposing an existing material in a surprising manner. Whilst it was a conscious decision not to study at art school he did make a conscious decision to study religion and art history because he thought it would give him the freedom and the ability to chose his way of work.