Thomas Schulte

Albrecht Schnider

30 Oct - 23 Dec 2010

Landschaft, 2010
Courtesy: Albrecht Schnider and Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin
On Friday, October 29th Galerie Thomas Schulte is pleased to open Fernperspektiven, Long Distance Perspectives, an exhibition presenting an unusually large group of small format landscape paintings by Albrecht Schnider. During the opening reception from 7 to 9 pm the artist will be present.

Over the past 20 years, Albrecht Schnider has repeatedly created small format landscapes, forming an isolated group in the artist’s oeuvre, characterized by the subject of mountain and hilly scenery, panorama-like horizontal format, and the use of oil paints, in contrast to the lacquer paints he usually uses in his work.

Schnider’s landscapes emerge in his Berlin studio, not as a depiction of an actually seen landscape, but as pure artificiality, emerging in a highly controlled and precise act of painting and through a minutely planned visual construction by way of puzzle-like color fields consisting of various shades of green, yellow, and brown.

Seemingly a typologized scene, and despite the dematerialization and emptiness evoked, the images touch the beholder, recall memories and perhaps longings. “Albrecht Schnider turns the perspective around—the distant does not lie inside the painting, it takes place in a mirror, it takes place reflexively, in retroactive beholding. The beholder standing before the small format image is the point far in the distance. In the miniature web of expanding and narrowing surfaces, he imagines a broad scope of heights and surfaces—the distant here lies in his gaze, in remembering... In this moment of perception images of memory surface, something that we want to understand with the lyrical word landscape—a fleeting transparency in deep surfaces.” (Birgit Szepanksi)

Albrecht Schnider develops a new landscape from the last finished, and in this way over the years smaller and larger groups have emerged. While each landscape is in itself closed and autonomous, according to the artist the series reveals very personal things, that is, his doubt and incapacity to create something absolute. “The moment of repetition has personally something to do with me too. I have the tendency to repeating episodes in my life, almost to the point of monotony. Anything that interrupts this monotony is ultimately a horror to me. To that extent, these landscape series could even be seen as self-portraits.”

Albrecht Schnider (born 1958, in Lucerne, Switzerland) studied at the Hochschule für Gestaltung and the University of Berne. Since 1988 he has received numerous grants and awards for his artistic practice, including Eidgenössisches Kunststipendium in 1989, 1990, and 1992; Istituto Svizzero in Rome in 1990, and the award Manor-Kunstpreis of Lucerne in 1994. In 1998 Kunsthalle Berne presented Schnider’s first solo exhibition and since then the artist has exhibited extensively including museums and institutions in Lucerne, Zurich, Solothurn, and Aarau. Schnider is currently preparing an extensive exhibition on his sculptures and drawings for the Museum Solothurn. Since 1998, Albrecht Schnider lives and works in Berlin.


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