Jack W. Schneider
December 1 - December 22, 2012
Opening reception December 1, 7-10pm
sophiajacob is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Jack W. Schneider. For his first exhibition at sophiajacob, the artist will fill the gallery with an exuberant amount of paintings ranging in size, material, composition, and stylistic application, while at the same time displaying an unyielding adherence to a calculated color scheme. Verging on the monochromatic, these paintings exploit a limited palette of lime greens and electric yellows. The artist has co-opted these colors because of their presence within adolescent pop-culture: from horror film marketing to energy drink campaigns. For Jack, these hues have become a way to represent an "otherness" that is outside the corporal or natural order; they elude to the supernatural and the superhuman. Instead of using a reductive or minimalist approach to exploring these colors, the artist cultivates a playful and mischievous attitude, creating a “stylistic buffet" of abstract imagery. By condensing a variety of painterly strategies into one body of work, this exhibition confuses a survey or retrospective with a singular project; straddling a threshold between the conceptual and formal.
Jack W. Schneider, b.1979 in Beckley, West Virginia, received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2010 and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. Jack has exhibited his work in exhibitions throughout the Northeast, including a solo show at the anthony greaney in Boston, the group exhibition Boston Young Contemporaries at 808 Gallery and We Still See the Black at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. In 2009, Jack was the Artist in Residence at Frans Maserel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. Last April, he participated in a series of lectures on color at the Boston ICA where he spoke about green. Jack lives and works in Boston.