Andreas Schmitten's sculptures are characterized by their clear forms and almost sterile-looking surfaces. His room installations and room miniatures appear both realistic and highly abstract due to their reduction to the essential forms. Only at second glance does the model character of his sculptures, which are not infrequently modeled on objects from everyday life, become apparent.
The mysterious figures and settings remind us of the known, yet resist direct associations and leave us with a feeling of fascination and distancing coolness. They cause confusion and visibility beyond the standard perspectives and consumption habits. Which mechanisms of perception are directly or subconsciously addressed and via which forms and structures are they made visible? The first luring appeal yields to the realization that it is still possible for art to not be oriented towards function, utility, worth or efficiency. Thus, the works on display repeatedly oscillate between engaging catharsis and Brechtian distancing effect. What is staged is the staging itself.
Andreas Schmitten's works have been in solo exhibitions for example at Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Germany (2019), Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany (2018), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin/Germany (2017), Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf/Germany (2013) and Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2012), among others.
Stay tuned for information on Andreas Schmitten's next exhibition in the Nave of ST. AGNES.