February 1, 2020 - March 1, 2020
Walking through Coyote Hole in Joshua Tree for the first time, I was viscerally struck by the petroglyphs. The directness of the images with the purity of the line gave me an electric jolt. I could clearly see the hand of the artist who created them, feeling a humming power as I walked through the boulders. These visually and spiritually compelling images are tantamount or possibly superior to any works of art I have seen in a gallery or museum.
It has occurred to me that the art I am most drawn to, has the same vibration as those glyphs. In curating this show, I sought work that jolted me. I feel that all of these works share this same quality with the petroglyphs.
Glyph evokes a sensation of humanity in the raw. The rhythm of the desert landscape connects us to something bigger. Like the glyphs, this work elicits a feeling of being born from the unnerving natural surroundings.
Ryan Schneider was born in Indianapolis, IN and holds a BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include “No Filter Eden” at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, “Mojave Masks” at The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, Oregon, “You Are Entering” at Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, and “Mojave Pictures” at Taymour Grahne, New York. Recent group exhibitions include “Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros” curated by Eric Fischl at The Hall Art Foundation in Reading, VT, “Brask Meets Willumsen” at the JF Willimsens Museum, Denmark, and “Natural Selection” at The Hole, NYC.
His work is held in public and private collections worldwide, including the Hall Art Foundation and the Bank of America Collection. He has been reviewed or featured in The New Yorker, Art in America, The New York Times, Modern Painters, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtInfo, Artsy, Kunsten.dk, and The Paris Review, among many other publications. After many years in New York City, Schneider now lives and works in Joshua Tree, California.