Freedom as a valuable friend
There won’t be many people who do not consider freedom a valuable friend. It is a friend that has to be cherished and properly valued. Freedom as a Valuable Friend is the title of the new work created by Erik Sok, who already participated last year. The work consists of three Statues of Liberty who, instead of holding a torch, hold a so called cornucopia – a horn of plenty. The work is typical of Eric Sok who likes to work with images concerning topical subjects, which may contain some sort of mystery. Images which, to the visitors, may raise questions. Because what exactly is the connection between that horn, symbol of prosperity, and the Statue of Liberty, beacon of freedom? And why are there three of them? Why are they under water? The artist does not want to say very much about it , does not give any ready-made answers, because that is not his role. What he does let us know is that, as far a he is concerned, it would not be a bad idea to think about the connection between friendship and freedom. Is friendship really all that free? Is freedom always friendly?
Erik Sok grew up with art; his mother was a creative therapist and while most children were only introduced to clay and paint in kindergarten, Sok was already using the materials to create sculptures. After studying graphic design and drawing in Utrecht, Amsterdam, Hilversum and Laren, he became art director at a publishing house specialized in art books. Sok, who calls himself a conceptual artist, currently makes a living as an artist and most often creates installations in which painting plays a major role.