Erik Schmidt

Suitwatchers' Anonymous

Schmidt’s videos, which are made parallel to his painting, are character studies on the verge of the abyss. In Suitwatchers’ Anonymous, Schmidt overtaxes his role, either playing a businessman or dandy wearing various suits, and loses control over his appearance: he falls into a rooftop pool in the winter or whips a chair with his belt. The decay of roles seems like an act of liberation from a forced posture, a rejection of social paradigms of masculinity.