Erik van Lieshout is a multi media artist creating installations encompassing video presented in specially built video rooms/installations, often encircled by collages of drawings and paintings.
I am most interested in his drawings. Since my undergraduate degree was emphases in drawing I love any artist with drawing skills. I love Lieshouts' expressive line quality. I like that some of the lines don't look like they belong but they do. I also like the unfinished quality about his work. This is something I have considered leaving things unfinished. It is hard for me and completely goes against my nature to finish things, but placing that in my work might be a good process.
Lieshout addresses contemporary socio-political issues such as multiculturalism, right-wingers, the position of minorities and outsiders as well as the modern consumer society. He places himself in these radical and personal views. I have recently taken pics of myself and placed me in my work about life situations. He chooses to not adapt to these almost comical situations, where I had to adapt to my circumstances in order to survive. I feel that its easy to have an opinion about things that are going on around the world or life situations, but until you live it and fully embrace it, you can then tell the story through your art.