Johnny Schmidt Erbs (DK)
Born 1979 in Middelfart, Denmark
Lives and work in Holstebro/Århus
Billedskolen for billedkunst, Valby 1998-2000
Aarhus Kunstakademi 2006-2010
Maleri: lærer: Anette Olesen, Dick Nyhus, Else Plough Isaksen
Awards and recognition:
KS prisen, Kunstnernes censurerede sommerudstilling, Janusbygningen Tistrup
2012: Kunstnernes censurerede påskeudstilling, Aarhus kunstbygning
2010: Kunstnernes censurerede påskeudstilling, Aarhus kunstbygning
2009: Kunstnernes censurerede påskeudstilling, Aarhus kunstbygning.
2009: Kunstnernes censurerede sommerudstilling, Janusbygningen Tistrup.
2008: Kunstnernes censurerede sommerudstilling Janusbygningen Tistrup.
2012: Pakhus 64 - group show - Mogens Gissel, Dick Nyhus Søren Sejr & Jens
Rune Gissel "Gamle rødder, nye skud"
2011: Café Galleriet, Odder - group show
2011: Det Hemmelige Galleri, Herning - group show "Kronisk accent"
2011: Galleri Kyhl, solo "Ukrudt, grøde og opstand”
2011: Pakhus 64 group show "Kyhls satelit"
2011: Kulturspinderiet, Silkeborg - "play"with Søren Sejr.
2011: Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum, Janusbygningen Tistrup "Talentudstilling"
2011: Frederikshavns Kunstmuseum, group show
2011: Haderslev Kunstforening
2010: Skive Kunstforening
Erbs is ready for a new solo show at VÆG – april/may 2014:
“FÖRÅR” – paintings
From the studio:
Selected works for the new solo show “FÖRÅR” at VÆG april/may 2014:
“KaffeUglen”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 90 x 100 cm:
“Frihed i brak”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 100 x 190 cm:
“Dugfrisk drukmås i havens morgengry”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 111 x 160 cm:
“FlüggerFasanen”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 cm:
“80’er klima”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 150 cm:
“Pussy Riot”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 130 cm:
“Én time frem”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 105 x 130 cm:
“Solsort på sylte”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 65 x 30 cm:
Previous work from Erbs:
Weeds within Culture
I am fascinated by the meeting between nature and culture – between
aesthetics and decay. The dynamics within the oppositions between the
natural, biological and the culturally determined, is what gives life to my work.
When evolution creates paths between cultural/industrial flanks and the
natural bio-diversity, interesting visual friction is created between weeds and
the developed society – between poetry and structure. Despite the symbiotic
clash where elements take residence in places outside their natural habitat,
they create a mutual idea in the scenery.
My work often take their departure in environmental settings, in which I use
figurative as well as abstract elements that create narrative leads. Weeds
operate in the shadows, and manifests itself in a variety of shapes, reflecting
the individual’s perspective on life. As a colourful confetti of material objects
in the vegetation. A plastic bottle or candy wrapper on the floor of the forest.
A badger or a monkey on the stone bridge of the city. Cement or asphalt
spreading across the green land, where it cracks and creates the possibility
for small new sprouts, to stretch towards the beams of light.
To me it is fundamentally about the experience of the visual being able
to activate our senses. Maybe what creates the value, is actually these contrasts?
“Incognito”, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm
“Vildrede”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
“Skovfest”, oil and acrylic on canvas, 144 x 150 cm
“Parafrase over Jim Morrison”, oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
“Klovn til hest”, oil on canvas, 190 x 190 cm