34˚N 118˚W is a site-specific installation made especially for the MOAH entrance lobby by Los Angeles based artist Nike Schröder. The installation represents an abstraction of the moment when the sun pierces the desert horizon at dawn. Schröder integrated the high desert color scheme into a textile art piece that brings a reflection of the ephemeral horizon into the museum. As the artist painstakingly hand stitched thousands of colored threads onto the canvases, she allowed the strings to hang in the manner that paint drips from the canvas, forming a symphony of color that is sensitive to the movement of people as they walk through the entrance doors and to the subtle and shifting air currents in the museum. The two canvases are placed at a prescribed distance apart, creating a locus of conversation between each panel. The top threads slightly touch the lower canvas while leaving drips of cut-off thread on the floor as part of the discussion between materials and location.
Nike Schröder earned her Art Therapy degree in Germany in 2008 and moved to Los Angeles in 2012. Working as a professional studio artist, Schröder has shifted her practice from figurative motives to exploring the world of abstraction through precise systems of color. Her color calculations are based on a specific place and/or time and generously provide the viewer with keen gradations of color that she configures into sensitive linear and formal compositions. Coming from a painting background, the artist explores the exceptional materiality of fibers and textiles as they overlap and extend beyond the traditional frame of a painting into the environment. Additionally, by utilizing materials that respond to movement, her work invites public interaction while activating the museum space. Schröder exhibits internationally in galleries, at art fairs and in commercial spaces such as Urban Outfitters and Stefanel. MOAH is thrilled to showcase Nike Schröder’s site-specific piece 34˚N 118˚W, a work that celebrates the Antelope Valley through her distinctive artistic sensibility.