"Dance" - Artist Reception | Douglas Schneider
San Francisco, CA- Caldwell Snyder Gallery is pleased to present “Dance” an exhibition of recent paintings by Bay Area painter, Douglas Schneider. Schneider’s paintings are multifaceted, conceptually rich collages of techniques, ideas, and source material. In energetic color, he blends figuration with abstraction, art historical references with contemporary motifs, text with image, and improvisation with structure. His new works explore a fascination with the world of dance, capturing ballerinas in mid-expression, giving us snapshots of intricate performances, and suggesting music and reflective, emotional states. Seeking a subject that exemplifies uplifting human behavior in times of strife, dance serves as a metaphor for Schneider. His flawless dancers seem to rise above the chaos and decay of crumbling mansions as they dance through the ruins of these fallen buildings.
Schneider’s range as an artist encompasses gestural marks as well as meticulous realism; in each painting, he allows various methods to interweave. As he has noted, his use of “push-pull dynamics and the occasional use of illusionistic perspective against raw expressionistic brushwork gives the impression of looking deep into the canvas only to be thrust back to the surface.”
Integrating abstract expressionism, conceptual art, and Pop art, Schneider’s influences are as wide-ranging as his interests and methods. The juxtaposed imagery in his work and the repetition of iconic objects recalls Pop pioneers like Warhol and James Rosenquist as well as postmodern painters like David Salle, Gerhard Richter, and Lari Pittman, while his fearless way of reaching across styles, time periods, and media reflects a wholly contemporary attitude. Each painting breaks down and repurposes material from disparate sources including film and vintage photographs, combining deconstruction with an impulse to create order out of chaos and weave tapestries from divergent threads.
Exhibition continues through February 28.
341 Sutter Street
San Francisco , CA 94108