Joshua Tree Art Gallery | Stefanie Schneider

Created 24-Sep-15
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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 works with chemical mutations of expired polaroid film stock. Chemical explosions of color spreading across the surfaces 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. Schneider's images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction.

Why analog?
I chose expired Polaroid film because it can show the broken with an expression of endearment. The acknowledgement of imperfection reconnects us to the real world where we normally mask our flaws. Nothing portrayed my vision so symbolically. The very imperfections became an expression of my passion and love. The quirks, oddities in my work relate to our own life blemishes and somehow make them ok or even remarkable. Honoring that value of imperfection makes it somehow permissible to be, at least for me.

How do you work?
I plan engagements in spontaneity but patiently wait for the magic moment to manifest and then capture it.
I use my senses and current affairs to plot that path of serendipity especially when it's a mark of turbulence. The upheaval of balance is the key for chance and allows all unknown forces to contribute to the moment. Then, I look inside myself, ground that emotion and imagine it in a dream. Dreams are the foundation of emotion and the link to our sub-conscience. Our sub-conscience is the fountain of our instincts and the subject of my work.

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, Foto -Triennale Esslingen, Palm Springs Art Museum.

Notable Collectors / Collections: Marc Forster, Anthony Kiedes, Megan Mullally, Susanne Vielmetter, Gary Basement, Radha Mitchell, DZ Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Dreyfuss, Basel, Switzerland, ARTISTS for TICHY - TICHY for ARTISTS, TICHY Ocean Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany , Impossible Collection, Vienna, Austria, Collection Luc LaRochelle, Montreal, Canada, Kunstsammlung, Kanton Zug, Switzerland

worked with: Marc Forster, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cindy Lauper.

Films / projects: 29 Palms, CA, TILL DEATH DO US PART, Sidewinder, renée's Dream, The Girl behind the white Picket Fence, Heather's Dream…

29 PALMS, CA, Pocket Polaroid Series #004, published by
WASTELANDS published by Edition Braus, Wachter Verlag, Heidelberg
STRANGER THAN PARADISE published by Hatje Cantz Verlag
29 PALMS, CA published by Galerie Kaempf, Basel
So Still (Sidewinder) 2005After Church (Sidewinder) 2005Long Way Home 1999Spiegelbild (Stage of Consciousness) 2008Oxen ( Stage of Consciousness) 2008Daisy on Bed-Hillview Motel (Till Death du Us Part) 2005Village Motel Sunset 2005A Vision You Can't Capture 2007White Trash Beautiful 1999Mas in Pool (29 Palms, CA) 1999, 2007, Edition 1/10Hans(Stage of Consciousness-29 Palms, CA) 2007 Edition 2/5Captain Nelson (29 Palms, CA) 2007 Edition 2/5