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  • Medium

    Photography : C-print, Polaroid

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    22.8 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch

  • Support

    Photography on Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper

  • Framing

    Silver aluminium aluminium mounted

  • Artwork dimensions including frame

    22.8 x 47.2 x 0.4 inch

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 10 copies
    1 remaining copy

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    Radha and Max on Dirt Road (29 Palms, CA) diptych - 1999

    Edition 8/10,
    58x56cm each, 58x120cm each.
    2 analog C-Prints, hand-printed by the artist, printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper, matte surface,
    based on 2 Polaroids.
    Signed on verso.
    Artist inventory Number 613.
    Mounted on Aluminum with matte UV-Protection.

    Published in: STRANGER THAN PARADISE published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006.

    Stefanie Schneider: A German view of the American West

    The works of Stefanie Schneider evoke Ed Ruscha's obsession with the American experience, the richness of Georgia O'Keefe's deserts and the loneliness of Edward Hopper's haunting paintings. So how exactly did this German photographer become one of the most important artists of the American narrative of the 20th and 21st century?

    Born in Germany in 1968, photographer Schneider divides her time between Berlin and Los Angeles. Her process begins in the American West, in locations such as the planes and deserts of Southern California, where she photographs her subjects. In Berlin, Schneider develops and enlarges her works.

    What is most striking about Schneider's images is perhaps simply the colour of her expired Polaroids but her role in preserving the use of Polaroid film is one aspect of her work that has gained great respect from her contemporaries and the critics, as her work came about during a time when the Polaroid, a symbol of American photography, was on the road to extinction.

    This theme of preservation and deterioration is a core part of Schneider's oeuvre. In an interview in October 2014 with Artnet, the artist explained how her own experiences of pain and loss inspire her. ''My work resembles my life: Love, lost and unrequited, leaves its mark in our lives as a senseless pain that has no place in the present.''

    Schneider's subjects are often featured in apocalyptic settings: desert planes, trailer parks, oilfields, run-down motels and empty beaches, alone, or if not, not connected with one another. ''It is the tangible experience of ''absence'' that has inspired my work,'' explained Schneider.


    (Barnebys UK, May 3, 2017

    Stefanie Schneider was born and raised in Cuxhaven, Germany but lives and works in Southern California. Exploring the American dream and capturing it with Polaroid instant film. 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 that reflect a part of the narrators life told from her perspective. Often about love, communication. sexuality and relationships. Schneider works with the 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 dreamscapes. 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 yet they also explore the relationship with the medium and the viewer. The wabi sabi 'ness' of Schneider's work can not be denied or ignored. It's a step of acceptance of 'flaws', gaps and distortions. Missing pieces of the puzzle. The artist flaunts, uses and exposes the unknown using expired Polaroid instant film intentionally. Presents it. What you do with that is up to you. That missing part of the picture is for you to include yourself, you fill it in with yourself. That might be critical that it's there at all, missing and missing the entire point all together or by filling in the unknown with their own imagination. Even their own memories which then integrats the viewer and artist as one with limitless potential.
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Stefanie Schneider

Germany Born in: 1968 Bestsellers

Stefanie Schneider (1968) is a German photographer living in Berlin and Los Angeles. Schneider's photographs exhibit the appearance of expired Polaroid instant film, with its chemical mutations. It has been released in books and exhibition catalogs, and in her own feature film 29 Palms, CA (2014). Her work has also been used as the cover art for music by Red Hot Chili Peppers and Cyndi Lauper, and in the film Stay (2005).

Schneider's preferred choice of location is the American West (especially Twentynine Palms, California, which served as location and title to one of her books), and the mounting of sequential images in a panel, the photographs evoke the impression of faded dreamy film stills. She holds an MFA in photography from the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany.

Schneider completed 29 Palms, CA in 2014. A feature film, art piece that explores the dreams and fantasies of a group of people who live in a trailer community in the Californian desert. The project includes six films: "Hitchhiker", "Rene's dream", "Sidewinder", "Till death do us part", "Heather's dream" and the feature film "The Girl Behind the White Picket Fence". A defining feature is the use of still Polaroid images in succession and voice over. Characters talk to themselves about their ambitions, memories, hopes and dreams. The latest of these short film is "Heather's dream", starring Heather Megan Christie and Udo Kier, and was selected in May 2013 by the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and is also nominated for the 2013 German short film award.

In a review of her book Stranger Than Paradise, Daniel Kothenschulte writes in the German magazine Literaturen that:

Stefanie Schneider is an internationally known artist that takes analog photographs and makes experimental movies with them. Schneider has cribed some of the titles of the series of her enlarged Polaroids from her favorite movies: Red Desert, Zabriskie Point or The Last Picture Show. Even if most images remain connected to the genre of road movies—in one case one seems to get a glimpse of Ridley Scott's tragic runaways Thelma and Louise.

Collections

DZ Bank, Francfort, Allemagne

Dreyfuss, Bâle, Suisse

Schmidt Bank, Ratisbonne, Allemagne

Groupe d'édition Holtzbrinck, Stuttgart, Allemagne

Collection Sander, Berlin, Allemagne

Ocean Foundation, Zurich, Suisse

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, Allemagne

Impossible Collection, Vienne, Autriche

Collection Luc LaRochelle, Montréal, Canada

Collection d'art du canton de Zug, Suisse

Expositions

Expositions individuelles

2014 Motion Photography – 6 Finalists, Saatchi Gallery, Londres, GB

2014 Instantdreams, De Re Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2014 Stefanie Schneider, c.art-Galerie Bregenz, Autriche

2013 The girl behind the white picket fence, Galerie Catherine et André Hug, Paris, France

2012 Stranger than Paradise, Christian Hohmann Fine Art, Palm Desert, USA

2012 Stefanie Schneider, Gallery at Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA

2011 California Dreaming, ROLLO Contemporary, Londres, GB

2010 Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Walter Keller, Zurich, Suisse

2010 Instant Dreams, Frank Picture Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2009 29 Palms, CA, Moravian Gallery, Brno, République tchèque

2008 Sidewinder, Städtische Galerie am Mozartplatz, Salzbourg, Autriche

2007 Wastelands, Kunstverein Recklinghausen, Allemagne

2006 Wastelands, Zephyr / Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Allemagne

2005 Last Picture Show, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin, Allemagne

2004 Suburbia, Galerie Kuttner Siebert, Berlin, Allemagne

2004 Stefanie Schneider, Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart, Allemagne

Expositions collectives

2014 Nude, Pop-up Art Gallery Berlin, Allemagne

2013 Images for Images, GASK – Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, Kutná Hora, République tchèque

2013 The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, USA

2013 Road Atlas - Straßenfotografie, DZ Bank Collection, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Allemagne

2012 Polaroid (Im)Possible – The Westlicht Collection, Forum de la culture et de l'économie du land de Rhénanie du Nord-Westphalie, Düsseldorf, Allemagne

2010 Mapping Worlds: Welten verstehen – Aufbruch in die Gegenwart, 8ème triennale internationale de la photo, Esslingen, Allemagne

2009 True Lies, Kunsthaus Essen, Allemagne

2008 Les Rencontres d'Arles, organisées par Christian Lacroix, nominée pour le prix découverte

2007 Breaking the Waves, Arthaus, Los Angeles, USA

2006 Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Passau, Allemagne

2006 Out of the Camera: Analoge Fotografie im digitalen Zeitalter, Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Allemagne

Land in Translation, Riverside Museum, USA.

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