Erik A. Frandsen
1957 · Denmark
Erik A. Frandsen is a self-taught artist. In the years 1976-1979 he studied ceramics in Greece, spent time in Carrara, Italy training as a sculptor and went to Paris, France where he worked with graphics.
In 1981, Erik A. Frandsen moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where he founded "Værkstedet Værst" an artistic collective. Erik A. Frandsen was part of the “det vilde maleri” movement during the early 1980s.
The imagery of Erik A. Frandsen’s art is ambiguous, as it proves at once both inviting and rejecting. Erik A. Frandsen’s early artworks were constructed by multiple layers, the first layer was the actual motive and the second, objects obstructing the motives such as rubber tire, photographs, boxes and lights applied to the canvas or drawings. Erik A. Frandsen’s earlier imagery centred on eroticism, which initially invited one in, in seductive manner, but at second glance appeared cold and rejecting due to the obstructions.
A significant example of this is from 1992 where Erik A. Frandsen participated at Dokumenta IX with drawings that were obstructed by fluorescent tube lights, where the poetics of the drawings were obstructed by the hardness of the light.
A characteristic of Frandsen’s artistic practice is his recycling of motives and the application of these to various mediums, with an altogether different expression as the end result. Erik A. Frandsen has in series repeated specific motifs in order to illuminate, that which is not visible at first glance. For example motifs previously painted in acrylic on aluminium are recycled in mosaics of Venetian smalti.
A sought motive by Erik A. Frandsen is that of his family in intimate, everyday situations. Whereas this imagery at first gives rise to the notion of family life in harmony, at second glace they appear unnerving due to the juxtaposition of the same image in photographic negatives. The same goes with the flower compositions. They are not flower motives in the traditional sense, but more so images of interiors in which the flowers are placed. Erik A. Frandsen’s flower motives are not traditional flower motives but weeds such as thistles and dandelions placed in urine bottles and in kitch vases.