Erik Boker Statement

Artist Statement
My work often deals with the many idiosyncrasies, inherent flaws, pasteurized realities, delirious conventions, bubbly paradoxes, and ambiguous excreta that may spill out of the current world culture and its consumerist ethos.

I frequently enjoy working in the brackish waters between ethnography and art, as well as within the authority and authenticity of the museum. I am drawn to sociological and visual curiosities, artifact, artificiality, and document, and the role we place nature in our lives and environments. With beauty and surprise, I try making the familiar strange and the strange comprehensible.

This project is an ongoing exploration of the roles of art, science, nature, the consumer, the museum and institution, product, taxonomy, and our relationships with seemingly insignificant objects and materials that affect us daily. It approaches issues of anatomy and archaeology, while offering a revealed view within the plastic skins of what we consume. There is a delicate tension here, between death, health, and hygiene, collided with the extremities of exploitative marketing - with bold, impractical, purposeless colors that sometimes recall (a more aromatic) expressionist painting. I am interested in the notions of art as commercial product, art as artifact, and the nature of the museum, and I continue to explore our understanding of their roles, and the inherent beauty, humor, and horror that lies within them.

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