Through June 20th, Anton Kern Gallery opens its doors for the fifth time, to the delicate Los Angeles-based Dutch artist Lara Schnitger. Instead of only presenting her new textile paintings and textiles sculptures she got famous for, she created a whole installation with stretching fabric over joined sticks of wood representing large volumetric forms, which appears like a spider web. It looks like we penetrate the house of a spider, and pervade its intimacy, full of sensuality and grace.
Three new textiles sculptures are here presented. Continuing the process of fabric construction with clothes, in between sculpture and design, the figures represented are parody caricatures of singular situations. With geometrical forms endowing the human characteristics, they suggest humor and sometimes non-sense. The effect on the viewer is light and pleasant; we enjoy to distinguish the material, to recognize through the geometrical shapes human forms.
The main black installation creates an organic tension between structure and membrane, The space is thus divided in different areas and removes the possibility of scanning entirely the works. We have to approach each piece, passing trough the web. This close look reinforces the intimate side of the exhibition.
The textile paintings depict figures, mostly women, with very light features and generally straight lines. It reminds Asian drawings, but also Gustav Klimt. Indeed, we feel softness and sensuality all around: by the choice of the colors –mostly light pink, blue, and tones of whites-, the tiny lines of the drawings, the expressions of the figures, full of tenderness and poetry and the liquid pigment which envelops these figures in a hazy atmosphere of subtle erotism. We also think about Klimt in the idea of the feminine celebration, and the use of geometrical motif to define different characters (see for instance the work “Giant”)
After Lothar Hempel in March, we make a poetical trip in a feminine universe, a dreamlike moment where we flow between asian culture and romanticism... don't miss the occasion !
Since her last Anton Kern Gallery show in 2005, Lara Schnitger has had solo shows at Magasin 3 in Stockholm, Sweden, The Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Holland, and most recently at the Museum Het Domein in Sittard, Holland. She also participated in several group shows including Sonsbeek Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem (2008), Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st century at the New Museum, New York, Don’t Let the Boys Win, at the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, Fantastic Politics, at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (all 2007), as well as USA Today at The Saatchi Gallery, London, and The “F” Word, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (both 2006).