Austen in Front of Trailer (Till Death do us Part) - Limited Edition 10 of 10


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Photography: Polaroid, C-type and Color on Other.

"Austen in front of Trailer" (Till Death do Us Part) - former "Hitchhiker", Edition 3/10, 2005

20x20cm, Digital C- Print
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Artist Inventory Number 9253.17

"Stranger than Paradise" publication page 93

Keywords: women, Painterly, polaroid, SX-70, Expired,

In the series 29 Palms (first begun in 1999) the two women characters Radha and Max act out a scenario that is both infantile and adoles- cent. Wearing brightly coloured fake wigs of yellow and orange, a parody of the blonde and the redhead, they are seemingly trailer park white trash possessing a sentimental and kitsch taste in clothes totally inappropriate to the locality. The fact that Schneider makes no judgment about this is an interesting adjunct. Indeed, the photographic projection of the images is such that the girls incline themselves to believe that they are both beautiful and desirous. However, unlike the predatory role of women in say Richard Prince’s photographs, which are simply a projection of a male fantasy onto women, Radha and Max are self-contained in their vacuous if empty trailer and motel world of the swimming pool, nail polish, and childish water pistols. Within the photographic sequence Schneider includes herself, and acts as a punctum of disruption. Why is she standing in front of an Officers’ Wives Club? Why is Schneider not similarly attired? Is there a proximity to an army camp, are these would-be Lolita(s) Rahda and Max wives or American marine groupies, and where is the centre/main/selected_content/MAX&RADHA.jpgand focus of their identity? It is the ambiguity of personal involvement that is set up by Schneider which deliberately makes problematic any clear sense of narrative construction. The strangely virulent colours of the bleached-out girls stand in marked contrast to Schneider’s own anodyne sense of self-image. Is she identifying with the contents or directing the scenario? With this series, perhaps, more than any other, Schneider creates a feeling of a world that has some degree of symbolic order. For ex-ample the girls stand or squat by a dirt road, posing the question as to their sexual and personal status. Following the 29 Palms series, Schneider will trust herself increasingly by diminishing the sense of a staged environment.The events to come will tell you both everything and nothing, re- veal and obfuscate, point towards and simultaneously away from anyclearly definable meaning.

If for example we compare 29 Palms to say Hitchhiker (2005), and where the sexual contents are made overtly explicit, we do not find the same sense of simulated identity. It is the itinerant coming together of two characters Daisy and Austen, who meet on the road and subsequently share a trailer together. Presented in a sequential DVD and still format, we become party to a would-be relationship of sorts. No information is given as to the background or social origins, or even any reasons as to why these two women should be attracted to each other. Is it acted out? Are they real life experiences? They are women who are sexually free in expressing themselves. But while the initial engagement with the subject is orchestrated by Schneider, and the edited outcome determined by the artist, beyond that we have little information with which to construct a story. The events are commonplace, edgy and uncertain, but the viewer is left to decide as to what they might mean as a narrative. The disaggregated emotions of the work are made evident, the game or role playing, the transitory fantasies palpable, and yet at the same time everything is insubstantial and might fall apart at any moment. The characters relate but they do not present a relationship in any meaningful sense. Or, if they do, it is one driven by the coincidental juxtaposition of random emotions. Should there be an intended syntax it is one that has been stripped of the power to grammatically structure what is being experienced. And, this seems to be the central point of the work, the emptying out not only of a particular American way of life, but the suggestion that the grounds upon which it was once predicated are no longer possible. The photo-novel Hitchhiker is porous and the culture of the seventies which it might be said to hom- age is no longer sustainable. Not without coincidence, perhaps, the decade that was the last ubiquitous age of Polaroid film. (Marc Gisboune, Stranger than Paradise)

Keywords: Revolver, Sexy, 29 Palms, Wild, Women, Polaroid, Till Death Do Us Part, Airstream, Love

Subjects: Women

Styles: Fine Art, Portraiture, Pop Art, Documentary

Mediums: Polaroid, C-type, Color

Materials: Other

Prints: Women Art Prints, Fine Art Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Pop Art Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Polaroid Art Prints, C-type Art Prints, Color Art Prints, Other Art Prints

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