Stefanie Schneider at ROLLO Contemporary Art
ROLLO Contemporary Art is delighted to announce details of the forthcoming solo exhibition of works by German photographer, Stefanie Schneider at ROLLO Contemporary Art from 6th July – 2nd September 2011.
Taking the American West as her inspiration, Schneider’s alluring female characters are placed within the vast, sun drenched landscapes of California. Often in wigs and colourful dress Schneider’s images evoke ideas of masquerade and play, however the intense gazes of Schneider’s female characters undermine their playful edge suggesting an unnerving or tragic quality beneath the surface of these glossy women. Together her photographs evoke love, pain, loneliness, alienation and re-discovery and collectively can be seen to suggest a social commentary on America; pointing to the cracks beneath the surface of the glitz and glamour of Western American and the ‘American Dream’.
Using expired Polaroid film which is then enlarged, Schneider’s images both emphasise the sun drenched light of California and embody the cinematographic quality of the films of Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone. Although carefully staged, Schneider’s works are reminiscent of forgotten memories, dreams and chance encounters. The blemishes of the flawed Polaroid film, further add to Schneider’s intent to represent an imperfect narrative, whereby the viewer is left questioning.
Schneider has commented on the relationship between her bleached out Californian dreamscapes and the disintegration of a faded Hollywood dream, “Hollywood is the quintessential dream factory, everyone goes there in search of their dreams, and many dreams are shattered there.” As a European living in Los Angeles, her work highlights aspects of melancholy and loss that lie beneath the gloss and glamour of today’s America.
Stefanie Schneider was born in Germany in 1968. She received her MFA in Communication Design at the Folkwang Schule Essen, Germany. Currently she divides her time between her two studios in Berlin and Los Angles. 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, Foto -Triennale Esslingen.
ROLLO Contemporary Art
51 Cleveland Street
London W1T 4JH
For further details about ROLLO Contemporary Art exhibitions and artists please see www.rolloart.com
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