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Untitled (Oxana's 30th Birthday) - Limited Edition of 10 Photograph

Stefanie Schneider

United States

Photography, Polaroid on Other

Size: 11.8 W x 9.4 H x 0.1 D in

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Untitled (Oxana's 30th Birthday) - 2007, from the 29 Palms, CA project - 24x30cm, Edition of 10. digital C-Print print, based on a Polaroid. Signature label with Certificate, artist Inventory #4920. Not mounted. The Secret of the Pink Latex Suit by Vera Goergen, Financial Times Deutschland The German photographic Stefanie Schneider began her career in Los Angeles and produces fascinating pictures with a mysterious beauty A woman with red wig and pink latex suit stands in the dusty desert. She is holding brightly-colored water pistols. The photo resembles a scene in a science-fiction series from the nineteen-seventies, as if a trendy-futuristic female space voyager had just landed on a deserted planet. Polaroid Movie is the name which Stefanie Schneider gives to her photo series, with allusion to Hollywood and its films, or Instant Dreams. "Hollywood is the quintessential dream factory; everyone goes there in search of their dreams, and many dreams are shattered there," says the 36-year-old German artist, who lives in Berlin and Los Angeles. Her own life seems like an American dream: A few years ago, she came to L.A. to work as a film-cutter. At a party she meets the German General Consul, whom she tells that she also takes photographs on the side―whereupon he invites her to take part in an exhibition of German artists. The curator likes Schneider's photographic creations so much that she takes a few of them to art fairs, where gallerists see them and include them in their programs. So Stefanie Schneider becomes an artist more or less by chance. Chance is an essential element in her life, she says, and she seeks it in her pictures as well. In this endeavor she uses only photo material whose date of expiration has already passed. The chemical substances react differently than is customarily desired―with discolorations and spots whose form, for instance, resembles single cells seen beneath the microscope. Distorted and ephemeral as they are, the works emphasize the fictional character of film and photography. Many of Stefanie Schneider's works have an extremely striking impact―as when, for example, bleached-out photos are meant to suggest the faded dream of Hollywood. But that place seems to be an important source of inspiration for her artistic works. The atmosphere of her pictures frequently recall films by David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino or Oliver Stone. The point of departure for all photographs by Stefanie Schneider consists of Polaroids which, among other things, have arisen out of the shooting sessions for various films. But most of her images possess a mysterious beauty. Some of them reveal the nightmare behind the glittering surface of the American Dream.

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Photography:Polaroid on Other

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:10

Size:11.8 W x 9.4 H x 0.1 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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