Kim Schoenstadt - Context v. Perspective
Dates: March 24 - May 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 24, 2018, 5 - 8 p.m.
Chimento Contemporary presents Kim Schoenstadt’s second solo exhibition at the gallery opening March 24 and Kim Schoenstadt’s solo booth at Volta NY March 7-11, 2018. Fresh off the final US iteration of Now Be Herein Washington, D.C., the project that photographs female identifying artists en mass, Schoenstadt tackles the relationship between situational context and individual perspective in a series of new mixed media works. Continuing to explore human impulses and issues behind our built environment through her signature language of symbolic architecture and spatially engaged installation, Schoenstadt has devised a body of work addressing the tensions between context (cultural and greater sociopolitical relations) and perspective (subjective individual view). Her new works lean out from the wall to claim sculptural space with delicate suspension.
This series combine, contrast, and conflate well-known buildings that reflect social unrest, including the FBI headquarters in DC and buildings from the former Soviet Union. When we talk about architecture it may not seem immediately necessary to speak of politics. But with municipal buildings, the design is more than an expression of the aesthetic zeitgeist, it is also a vehicle for promoting civic values and agendas that Schoenstadt urges citizens to question.
The exhibition features a large wall drawing, Exercises in Perspective #2, featuring municipal architecture from around the world. The work invades the gallery’s space through the use of protruding perspective lines, serving as the visual and lexicographical fulcrum for the whole series. Additionally two paper-based series are enlarged passages lifted directly from within the context of the wall drawing, like detailed map insets. These works explore that it is possible for humans to have many views of a single event. In one series of works Schoenstadt recast shapes from the main drawing by cutting parts out of wood and tethering them onto the page with blue line. Within these works Schoenstadt nods to the Cubist WWII “Dazzle Camouflage” creating the impression of gradually changing colors through the use of a single grey. This is a physical manifestation of her central idea.
The other series of works in the exhibition details direct linear perspectives from the main drawing and are suspended or woven with thin blue lines into a frame. On the wall behind the transparent frame lays a background amorphous shape which provides a literal context to see the work within.
Schoenstadt adroitly employs the perspectival space of architectural rendering in order to address differences in human perspective. Vantage points and sight-lines in these works are meant to lead us toward the problematic space of a subjective viewpoint… as if the multiple perspectives in Rashomon and singular perspective in Rear Window were mashed up in the work alongside her interlocking municipal structures.
Schoenstadt will continue this exploration as the featured artist in Chimento’s booth for VOLTA NY 2018 March 7-11 Pier 90 booth C13. Like Kusama’s sticker obliterations, Schoenstadt’s Exercise in Perspective #3 invites the audience in the creative and executive process. Viewers will determine, pull, and anchor their perspective lines, throughout the duration of the fair. The participatory nature of this project forces the artist to accept others viewpoints and creates new possibilities in the language of symbolic architectural imagery. Additional information for VOLTA NY 2018 HERE.
Kim Schoenstadt lives and works in Venice, California. Her work has been included in national and international museum and gallery exhibitions. Her work is in the permanent collections of Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL., The Van Abbemusuem, Eindhoven, Netherlands. She has also been the recipient of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC, ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural innovation, Los Angeles, CA, and the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, The Jarvis and Catherine Doctorow Family Foundation, Salt Lake City, UT.