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'Frenzy II' (Sidewinder) - Limited Edition 2 of 5


'Frenzy II' (Sidewinder) - Limited Edition 2 of 5 Photograph

Stefanie Schneider

United States

Photography, Color on Other

Size: 61.4 W x 49.2 H x 0 D in

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Photography: Color, Polaroid and C-type on Other. Edition of 2/5, 125x156cm, 2005, analog C-Print, hand-printed by the artist The Wild Life by MICHAEL STOEBER translated by George Frederick Takis April 04, 2008 | Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung A man and a woman drive through the California desert in a Cadillac convertible. The warm wind plays with the long hair of the woman. The man has laid his right arm casually on her shoulders. The same couple. He sits in Jeans and white T-shirt on a hotel bed. The woman kneels in front of him, naked. Her head is buried in his lap. Another episode narrates in a sequence of eight pictures. The evening has begun. A bottle of whiskey is passed back and forth between the lovers. Party time. We have seen these and similar images hundreds of times. Their message is clear: Live wildly and dangerously! Find your love and follow it! Clustered within them in an exemplary manner are fantasies and desires which, often enough, we would gladly live out, without really daring to do so. Acting upon canvas and photographic paper are a host of proxies. Instead of us, it is they who experience the intoxication of freedom and adventure. The heroine of the photos from Sidewinder (the name refers to a rattlesnake and could not be more characteristic of the anarchic, narcissistic undercurrent of these images) is the artist herself, Stefanie Schneider. Through an ad in the Internet, she found her temporary partner for this encounter and work series. Born in 1968 in Cuxhaven, Schneider today lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin. Her pictures are Polaroids which she has photographed and enlarged. This artistic recycling has an astounding effect. The colors of the pictures seem bleached-out. Highly artificial. Their irrealism does not leave the poses of the protagonists unaffected. The staged aspect comes clearly to the fore. Schneider's images seduce and, at the same time, present the instruments of their seduction. The expired and unpredictable Polaroid material on which they are based mirrors in a highly visible manner both the stubbornness and the fragility of our projections. These are sensual and intelligent works. Don't miss them! Opening tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Galerie Drees, Weidendamm 15. Until May 31.

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Photography Print:Color on Other

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1

Size:61.4 W x 49.2 H x 0 D in

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Stefanie Schneider lives and works in the High Desert of California. Stefanie Schneider's scintillating situations take place in the American West. Situated on the verge of an elusive super-reality, her photographic sequences provide the ambience for loosely woven story lines and a cast of phantasmic characters. Schneider works with chemical mutations of expired Polaroid film stock. Chemical explosions of color spreading across the surfaces undermine the photograph's commitment to reality and induce her characters into trance-like dream-scapes. Like flickering sequences of old road movies Schneider's images seem to evaporate before conclusions can be made - their ephemeral reality manifesting in subtle gestures and mysterious motives. Schneider's images refuse to succumb to reality, they keep alive the confusions of dream, desire, fact, and fiction. She is currently working on the 29 PALMS, CA. 29 PALMS, CA is a feature film / art piece that explores and chronicles the dreams and fantasies of a group of individuals who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. A defining feature of the film is the use of still images and the use of voice over. Characters talk to us / themselves / you about their ambitions, memories, hopes, fears and dreams. The film is to be shot using a mix of super 8 and 16mm film stock and Polaroid images. Certain computer-generated effects will also be used to enhance the films surreal mood and to animate its dark humor. Radha Mitchell, Marc Forster, Udo Kier, Max Sharam among others are participating in the project. Stefanie Schneider received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany. Her work has been shown at the Museum for Photography, Braunschweig, Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, the Institut für Neue Medien, Frankfurt, the Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, Kunstverein Bielefeld, Museum für Moderne Kunst Passau, Les Rencontres d'Arles.

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