Max Hooper Schneider
American, born 1982
Selected exhibitions
The New Normal: Art and China in 2017,
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA)
High Line Art
Accidental Menagerie,
Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Formally trained in biology and landscape architecture, Max Hooper Schneider’s knowledge of material technologies and biological systems seeps into his large-scale sculptures and installations. Using aquariums, terrariums, vitrines to display mutated habitats of flora and fauna tangled around neon lights, Hooper Schneider’s practice combines the artificial and the natural with a flair for the theatrical and surreal. These organic ready-mades conjure up visions of a posthuman world attempting to rebuild itself after an anthropogenic apocalypse, challenging viewers to reevaluate their assumed central place in the ecosystem.