Fred Eerdekens (b.1951, Belgium) - A very short story - with a lot of fiction in the middle - and something real in the end. Copper, light, 96 x 4 x 8 in. (2005)
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”) Many thanks to showslow for this Tumblr Monday to share with us one of her favorites contemporary visual artists Fred Eerdekens!
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."