VOLTA NY | 2014
Join Hamiltonian at VOLTA NY from March 6-9. Hamiltonian will be in booth 2.51 featuring the work of Will Schneider-White.
82Mercer (main entrance at 76 Mercer Street)
Between Spring & Broome Street
SoHo/New York NY 100133
For more information on tickets, transportation and other details please visit the VOLTA NY website.
Thursday, March 6: 6 pm - 9 pm Public Vernissage
Friday, March 7: 11 am - 8 pm
Saturday, March 8: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday, March 9: 11 am - 5 pm
Will Schneider-White aims to seduce and confuse. Using recurring visual motifs rendered with a lightness of touch, his books, bathers, faces and readers hover in an imprecise space where meanings shift and contradictions abound. Casting himself as the author and us as his trusting readers, he points out the window only to reveal it as a wall. We second-guess our initial readings, doubling back to revisit passages in a process that mimics the painter’s own. At once familiar and mysterious, humorous and unsettling, Schneider-White’s paintings captivate our imaginations and hold us in their thrall like a book too engrossing to put down.
Will Schneider-White (b. 1988 Ojai, CA) is a recent MFA graduate of the Slade School of Art in London, England where he was awarded the Steer Prize in Painting. He is currently a Fellow at Hamiltonian Artists in Washington, DC and a Fountainhead Arts Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where he lives and works. His paintings are in various national and international collections.
WILL SCHNEIDER-WHITE | ARTIST STATEMENT
Painting spirals out of itself loopingly like an extruded dessert. It piles in roundabout, tilting ways, imagery arriving through misdirection, impulse, visual rhyme, and vaguely allusive motifs. Source materials are jumbled together, stripped of content, and refinished with a new narrative. I am interested in the slippage between new and old narratives, when the re-purposed pieces of the world start to show their original use. Just as one allows the process of a painting to show through in the finished piece, I am pursuing a sort of pentimento of content, like when you recognize the eyes behind a mask or the body within a costume.
My work plays with ideas of variation and the inevitably cyclical nature of painting. Concepts and compositions are reworked with focuses shifted: characters slip into the actors playing them; flavors melt into each other.
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