Andrew Krieger, American (1967-)

Andrew Krieger was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and is a painter and mixed media artist. Krieger is largely self-taught, but did receive some formal training at the Cleveland Institute of Arts. He returned to Detroit in 1987 to create art. He took a position as a carpenter; the physical nature of which informed his artistic practice of making sculptural forms out of wood and combining that with representational painting. He has large installation projects including the acclaimed “J.C. HudSears” project in 2012. Krieger has exhibited work in Michigan and New York and is included in several notable private collections. He has most recently received a grant from the Knight Foundation through their innovative Knight Arts Challenge. This latest step in Krieger’s career will delve deeply into mobile art and storytelling to bring art into the lives of Detroiters where they live and work.

Artist Statement: I am interested in different ways for people to view and interact with artwork, to get people more involved than just passively observing. My work invites exploration and by design it can’t be experienced fully from one viewing angle. I attempt to make as many connections as possible to an audience through color, mood and subject matter. I change and rearrange perspectives to keep a viewer off balance so they have to check or recheck the work, trying to make more connections each time. I want to keep people invested in my work on a personal level, by making things relatable and fun. I want my work to be joyful.

I am interested in bringing ordinary subjects to life, the mundane events or simple talents that people experience and then celebrating them to make them epic and important. I explore different ways to present my subjects by creating sculptural wooden forms that are akin to dioramas. The forms are simple shapes to achieve symmetry, order and beauty. These shapes are part of the language of the universe and underline our everyday lives. I will then paint or carve my subjects and paint my scene over the wood form to create a depth of space and create an image distortion. I am playing with depth, perspective and perception. What emerges in this work is a sense of play and story line that can be affected by someone’s point of view. This sense of narrative and play is prevalent in all my pieces and is one of the things I am most excited about exploring in future work.