Send Me Through
January 14 – February 20, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, January 14, 6 – 9 PM
Priska C. Juschka Fine Art is pleased to present Send Me Through, an exhibition of paintings marking Ryan Schneider’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Schneider’s work continues to investigate the human condition from a personal point of view, seen through the lens of an obsessive truth seeker and executed with bold brushstrokes and vivid colors.
Rarely deductive of daily life, but rather revealing the actual state of our personal experience, Schneider enhances his method of leaving out the superficially conclusive to favor the inclusion of the unspoken, the unconscious and the unknown. By carving, scratching or flattening paint and picture plane, Schneider leads the way to a painting’s inner life, to its seductiveness or its uncanny implications—creating an aura of possessive enamoredness with his work. His painting, Self Portrait as Missing, entirely void of the artist’s physique except for his silhouette, points to his intensified search for a truth beyond the obvious.
Analogous to Plato’s Parable of the Cave—whereby, we as humans, due to our limited axis, see mere shadows of the world and our existence—Schneider challenges the idea of a reality that does not question what lies beyond. As if at an archaeological excavation site, Schneider delves into his canvases, wielding brushes and palette knives, cutting through layers of paint, and leaving crevasses behind to unearth that which seemingly determines the essence of our self. His painting, I’m All Around You Now, devoid of social interaction, depicts a picturesque village scene mirroring in placid waters. Here, human presence is not required to indicate what is important to us and the overwhelming substance of what is missing. With Thanks for Sharing, Schneider refers to a moment of happiness with others by only showing a bountiful country table with outstretched arms reaching into the composition, conjuring a sensation of omitted links.
Leaving apparent mandates behind, Schneider’s new work advances into the sphere of the sublime, using our mundane actions and observations to validate the emergence of a reality within ourselves and beyond our social denominations.
Schneider was born in Indianapolis, IN and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Copenhagen, Denmark; Dresden, Germany; London, UK; Seoul, South Korea and most recently Toronto, Canada. He has also curated several group shows in New York, NY, including Everybody at Envoy Gallery, and With Teeth and For Pleasure at Priska C. Juschka Fine Art.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with text by Dana Balicki, C.B.Michahelles and Jeremy Sigler.
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