Schroeder's new series addresses universal and eternal themes rooted in a contentious dynamism between opposing - but intricately related - spiritual and emotional realms. In a scale typically reserved for historical painting, Schroeder draws distinct lines between ancient and classical narratives with the psychological zeitgeist of contemporary culture. These are often presented with excruciating poignancy in overtly, religiously-inspired tableaux composed of enigmatic archetypes that challenge the viewer into existential exploration.
His elegantly rendered forms intermingle in veiled theatrical depictions of highly nuanced human dramas as ancient as time but even more relevant in our hyper-stimulated world. Utilizing techniques informed by the late Cubist work of Picasso, these works spring from an affinity for experimental composition and collaging as devices to underscore the jarring juxtaposition of perceptions in a time of polarized cultural ideals.
There is a real dialogue between Schroeder's paintings and the viewer. His intention is that the audience becomes immediately engaged on both an aesthetic and conceptual level. The paintings probe individual and societal vanities and lay bare enduring truths about humanity. A skilled conductor, Schroeder's virtuosity orchestrates a requirement that every spectator become an actor in his psycho-dramas.