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Claudia Shneider – soutpiel
We are pleased to announce the latest exhibition by the Johannesburg and Berlin based artist Claudia Shneider. The new paintings, drawings, photographic works and 3-D works engage with the proximity / immediacy of this world, of this society. At the same time her focus is broad, but specifically informed by
Titles play a pivotal role in Shneider's work, as do the titles of her exhibitions. Showmaster or Hands Up - quotes of popular buzzwords, or catchwords from art, combined with a wicked wit, conjure imaginary spheres and reflection spaces, and synthesise in her works.
A relatively late addition to the captivatingly loose yet precise, playful yet penetrative brush drawings and works on canvas are the sometimes colossal, bulky, imposing yet light poetic sculptures often made of found or throw-away or 'half-ready-made' materials. Most recent additions are the - typical for her- supersimple, cheeky, playful, sometimes wicked 3-D collages. Not forgetting the photographs and short video-works.
Claudia Shneider studied in Stellenbosch and in Munich (with Hermann Jünger), taught at the University of Stellenbosch, at the Hope School in Johannesburg and at the HdK, Berlin, and has exhibited in many solo and group shows in Europe and South Africa. She founded and curates the Joburg Fringe annual video art
Rupert Walser, 2014