Walter Maciel Gallery is pleased to present a series of stitched works entitled Transition by Nike Schröder. Schröder who is German but currently residing in Los Angeles will present her first solo show in Gallery 2.
In the back gallery, Nike Schröder challenges the balancing act between structure and intuition; optical and imaginary; solid and diffusion and present and past. The show juxtaposes two bodies of work that counterpart and simultaneously interplay with each other. In the abstract series Fragments materiality is explored using Schröder’s signature medium of sewn threads that hang off the surface of the canvas to create a physical presence. Like Lott, Schröder uses the natural surroundings of the Los Angeles landscape and light to create combinations and schematics that are elegantly broken down to a celebration of essential colors. The intricate architectural markings of the many stitches counteract with the organic movement of the loose threads to create a harmonious visual play. For instance the works Walnut, Sage and Maple draw inspiration from the organic trees with colors representing the different foliage seen in several hundred threads that hang from the canvas. The smoothness of the rayon allows the light to bounce off the shiny threads creating a shimmering effect and leaving the colors seemingly floating off the wall. In addition, the panels are slanted at varying degrees to create a three dimensional volume that addresses a variation in color, density and dimension depending on the viewer’s position.
The second series entitled Fundamental Reports is explicitly narrative and contains figurative interpretations of memories and events taken from discarded photo albums from the World War II era found in thrift shops in Berlin. Schröder explores her German heritage by recreating new versions out of threads to honor those who have passed away as a result of the injustice of her country’s history. The images are hand stitched creating an animated outline of the photograph with enough detail to discern a historical context and individual personalities. Once transferred on to the canvas the subjects are simultaneously given life but with a haunting, ghost like quality. The colored strands hang down as if melting away the figures and disappearing off of the canvas to be erased just as they had originally been. The presence of the maker and the material in both bodies of work is equally inevitable.
Schröder earned her BA in Fine Art Therapy in 2008 in Germany and moved to Los Angeles in 2012. She has had solo presentations of her work in Germany and the US including her recent site specific lobby installation at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA and commercial spaces such as Urban Outfitters in Berlin and Hamburg. Past group shows at Walter Maciel Gallery include Threading the Needle in 2012 and Size Matters in 2011. Schröder successfully participated in several art fairs in Germany and was granted an Art residency at the Culture Reloaded Festival in Russia in 2011. She has been commissioned to produce works for numerous international magazines in addition to Germany's largest Textile Trade Fair Munich Fabric Start in September 2013.