"Sebastiaan Schlicher's work takes the form of drawings and as the producer of the arts collective 'Amerikan Teenager'. Inspired by the history, figures and ethos of no-wave and early punk music he is interested in a Warholian approach between art and life when creating work. For Schlicher the intrigue lies in the raw energy inherent to these differing phenomena and the bleed between an artistic and vernacular context.
Schlicher refers to his works on paper as drawings preferring to align himself with the story of illustration, the underdog, rather than the more dominant and canonical history of painting. Previously he has referred to subjects such as doodling and white noise to describe his work, making links between the two. He is attracted to the notion of overriding forces, which have an ability to connect with the world in ways apart from the mainstream or discursive.
Drawn to cult figures, fan-hood, and an antithetical approach to 'lifestyles' Schlicher's work increasingly becomes about presenting a range of different worlds that the viewer can inhabit. More recently the backdrop becomes a way to represent the layering of illusion. In both his drawings, and his involvement with 'Amerikan Teenager', he uses staging techniques to unravel the fabric of reality via a performance of some sorts; whether this be through the everyday or as a specific cultural output.
'Amerikan Teenager' are a collection of musicians from his hometown near Maastricht, the Netherlands. Amerikan Teenager's productivity only exists within the context of Schlicher's projects where he constructs and documents installations, stage-sets, music, videos and gigs, playing with the notion of framing and channeling through direction. Rather than a band in their own right, AT are a template with which Schlicher can explore certain concepts, cliches or mythologies. One can relate the environments curated for their music videos or stage performances as portholes into other worlds. These acts like labyrinths, whose aim is to induce and explore intensity.
For Artist's Proof Schlicher will use the time in the space similar to that of a residency. He plans to turn the space into a television set as part of a broadcasting station."
- Dani Admiss is an independent curator based in London, UK.