Frank Pictures Gallery is proud to present renowned photographer Stefanie Schneider’s show "Instant Dreams” from October 16th to November 11th, with an artist’s reception on Sunday, October 24th. This is Schneider’s second exhibition with gallerist Laurie Frank, as she introduced Schneider’s first US solo show at her Still/Moving venue in 1998.
Stefanie Schneider's scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters. Schneider is known for using expired Polaroid instant film material to achieve an effect of washed-out colors and random artifacts from the deprecation of the chemicals. These serendipitous chemical color explosions spread across the surfaces to undermine the photograph's commitment to reality and induce her characters into trance-like dreamscapes. Like flickering sequences of old road movies Schneider's images seem to evaporate before conclusions can be made - their ephemeral reality manifesting in subtle gestures and mysterious motives. Combined with her preferred choice of location, 29 Palms, CA, (which served as location and title to one of her books and films), and the mounting of sequential images in a panel, the photographs evoke the impression of faded film stills. Schneider's images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction. Schneider shot the album cover for the Red Hot Chili Peppers "Desecration Smile" single and all the photography for Cindi Lauper's "Bring Ya to the Brink" album as well as Daisy McCracken, with whom she frequently collaborates.
Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany. Her work has been shown at the Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, the Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt, the Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Museum für Moderne Kunst Passau, Les Rencontres d'Arles. Previously she has shown in the U.S. with Susanne Vielmetter at LA Projects, Art Haus LA, and the Bruce Silverstine Gallery in New York. She lives and works between the California desert and Berlin.
Frank Pictures Gallery's Project Room is devoted to Stefanie Schneider's more sexually explicit work. No one under 21 will be admitted without parental consent.