Maybe it is a Germanic thing, although Meese is actually Austrian. Maybe I am just not of his generation....but I sort of miss what Meese is trying to get at. Is it humor? Is it parody? I might just not get German humor. Who knew there WAS such a thing?
Maybe it is just the use of mythological imagery. Reading up on Meese didn't help, nor did his website. This may sound like I am being negative toward the artist--far from it. Something hard to figure is a good thing (unless he is some sort of Fascist which I do not think is the case...)
Van Erp's work seems like from some alternate, vaguely empty world. The figures are only partially there in many of the works (as the one below). Again! Pieces not easy to pin down as to purpose or school or any of that nonsense and, again, it is a good thing.