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Artist of the Week: Fred Eerdekens

Fred Erdekens definitely likes to play with shadows, meaning and the viewer.  I thought the shapes were just abstract until I realized the shadows cast by the shapes said “run run run“.  The metal forms were there to create text.  I was fascinated with the works I saw in the video I shot above.  I kept moving back and forth along the wall marveling about how the random looking squiggles of metal wire became a very personal handwriting with the cast shadow on the wall.  I have no idea what his technique is, but it is brilliant.  I kind of don’t want to know how he makes these works because I am enjoying the mystery of not knowing.  His website described the concepts behind the works:

Entering the artistic space of Fred Eerdekens places the spectator in a semantic landscape in which what one had thought of as stable meanings are continually twisted and turned. What better way to figurize this than by letting the spectators themselves ‘twist and turn’ in trying to make sense of the objects. In spiralling around the objects, they in fact become direct figures of the play of logic that rules the objects. After the linguistic turn, and in the wake of post-structuralist thought, the topography of our mental landscapes has become increasingly intricate. The work of Fred Eerdekens attests to this fact and it provides a conceptual map of this, in many places still unknown territory.

Hanjo Berressem, “Differentials and diffractors. Objects by Fred Eerdekens”

Neo Deo by Fred Eerdekens, installation, 2003

God-Ego by Fred Eerdekens, wood and two light projectors, 1990, 18 x 18 x 10 cm

See more art by Fred Eerdekens at his portfolio website here.

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