A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce past/PRESENT, an exhibition of sculpture
by Kathleen Schneider.
A monster owl Out on a fence Flew away. What is it the sign of? The sign of an owl. Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970): “A monster owl…”, from Collected Works, 2002
The title past/PRESENT refers to two distinct sets of sculpture that occupy separate spaces in the gallery and are interacted with in different ways. The past works are presented together as an installation titled “Still Life (Gemini)” - an assemblage of object “doubles” (a recurring theme in Schneider’s work) including a pair of stone pillows impressed with hands and a set of humanoid pitchers (marble, wood).
The recent or PRESENT sculptures are human-scaled pieces spaced in relationship to one another to be walked around and confronted one-on-one. This grouping includes three sculptures that are made from natural and industrial materials: an intricately netted aluminum drapery (Silver Screen), a cacophonous “bouquet head” bundled from deconstructed artificial flowers (Monstrous Beauty) and an irregularly shaped orb coiled from fabric-covered metal rod (Globe). In keeping with the artists’ broader practice these sculptures are hand-made and discrete. They share the artists’ emphasis on locating movement through implied action, stopped-action and incremental transformation.
The recent sculptures will be placed in the gallery in proximity to each other for the first time. How they relate to each other is an open-ended question for the artist. “Last year I gave up of my large Vermont studio after 30 years. This past year I have made sculpture in various makeshi spaces and in locations that are distances apart. I have only imagined connections among the disparate objects being made in each”.