From an overview, Andreas Schmitten’s multi-disciplinary, post-medium body of work can be described as an uncompromising quest for self-identity and an insistent evasion therefrom. Situated within the expanded field of sculpture, his works introduce an affinity to architecture, painting, technical drawing, product design, stage design and model making, as well as to tailoring and carpentry. The fact that his works ‘wear’ many disguises — variously resembling architectural elements, three-dimensional paintings,industrial prototypes, theatrical settings, preparatory maquettes or exhibition showcases — implies that they are also different from what they supposedly resemble. The excessive associability of Schmitten’s works ascribes them with numerous potential identities, which the objects are immediately deny. Their rejection of unequivocal characterisation is fundamental.
(Ory Dessau, With and Whitout Identity. On Andreas Schmitten, Catalogue Bodies, 2017)
Andreas Schmitten was born in 1980 and graduated in 2012 as a master-class student in sculpture with Georg Herold at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Andreas Schmitten’s works have been in the Philara collection since 2013 and amongst others, in the permanent installation Spectator’s Choice of 2016. Andreas Schmitten lives and works in Düsseldorf.