Installation Views

This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the exhibition by artist Lara Schnitger in 2009 at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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Works

This is a work titled Going Topside by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are cotton and wood, and the dimensions are 110 inches by 68 inches by 42 inches.This is a work titled Petit Morte by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are Cotton and wood, and the dimensions are 82 inches by 77 inches by 28 inches.This is a work titled The Giant by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are 88 inches by 48 inches.This is a work titled Woman with Cat by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are 48 inches by 36 inches.This is a work titled Woman with Crow by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are 54 inches by 42 inches.This is a work titled Love Triangle by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are 70 inches by 60 inches.This is a work titled Room in my Heart for Another Cat by artist Lara Schnitger made in 2009. The materials are mixed media, and the dimensions are 75 inches by 92 inches

Press Release

Lara Schnitger
May 7 –
June 20, 2009

April 8, 2009, New York – For her fifth solo show at Anton Kern Gallery, Los Angeles-based Dutch artist Lara Schnitger presents a group of her characteristic sculptures along with a dozen textile paintings. Sculptures and flat works alike are carefully constructed from dyed, stitched, and collaged fabric, and wood. An atmosphere of sensual equilibrium and erotic contentment, of intimacy and closeness, emanates from these works.

 

In her free-standing sculptures, Schnitger applies a basic system of stretching fabric over joined sticks of wood. The tensile force of the textile keeps the wooden armature firmly in place, creating large volumetric forms. The conversion of materials creates an organic tension between structure and membrane, endowing the forms with human characteristics.

 

By contrast, the flat works depict figures, mostly women, alone or with the occasional chicken, duck or cat, and at times even with a nod toward Mannerist painting. Lace and tie-dye patterns cover arms and legs like a tattooed second skin while the flow of liquid pigment envelops the figures in a hazy atmosphere of subtle eroticism where posture, facial expressions, and half-closed eyes intermingle. In certain flat works, the use of sheer fabric becomes an honest devise to reveal craftsmanship and simultaneously expose and obscure the body. Throughout her work, Schnitger combines sensuality with practicality, casting her women in the glow of self-awareness and fulfillment.

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Press

  • September 1
    2009
    Artforum
    Review: Lara Schnitger
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