Recent works made from found objects and discarded construction materials from various local art institutions and theatres (often venues where the artist has been employed) consider Hermann Rorschach’s Inkblot tests alongside the pre-presidential life of John F. Kennedy and the proliferation of the Military Industrial Complex.
Schmidt’s practice is largely informed by the cultural and political events in the West that occurred after the end of World War II. His works examine the latent potencies of material intelligence and the historical relationships between painting and the military industrial complex.
Despite the historical grounding of Schmidt’s work the pieces themselves are subtle treatments of found objects and images cut from books, an approach which reflects a subjective relationship with the events and times that he draws from.
lives and works in Glasgow UK
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