"The significance is placed on the object itself as well as the tension in the air surrounding it, as one would view a sail in the breeze."
David Erdman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and raised in a creative environment of art and building things. He grew up on Pewaukee Lake in Wisconsin and spent his formative years on the water, building and sailing watercraft of all sorts. David studied Sculpture at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and Architecture at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Erdman's sculptures of luxurious wood, informed by studies in architecture and boat building, evoke the elegantly flowing lines of a sailing vessel on the water. Erdman's creative process embraces the energy, fluidity, and curvature of sailing vessels. His hand-carved sculptures are often culled from deep forest scavenging at his family's rural homestead. These gathering trips are an important part of the healthy life cycle of the land, and his artwork memorializes these fallen treasured trees. Yet his process of carving brings a new form to the object, a resurrection of sorts, transforming it from a heavy, solid mass into a study in light, air, and movement.