Born in 1980, Indianapolis, IN. Ryan Schneider received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2002. Schneider has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Recent shows include “Ritual for Letting Go”, a solo exhibition at Two Rams, New York, “Media” at Galleri Jacob Bjørn, Aarhus, Denmark, “Et Brask Spark”- selections from the collection of Jens Peter Brask, at the Munkeruphus Museum, Denmark, “Refiguring”, at Coburn Projects, London, “Schneids and Heids”, with Daniel Heidkamp, at Bendixen Contemporary, Copenhagen, and “The Coyote”, at Galleri Steinsland Berliner in Stockholm. Schneider’s work has been featured in Whitewall Magazine, Modern Painters, Hunted Projects, ArtNet, The New Yorker, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, C-Print Journal, ArtInfo, Artblog Artblog, New American Paintings, Art F City, and Brask Art Blog. Schneider lives and works in the desert of Joshua Tree, CA.
One River School of Art and Design is excited to present “Dark Matters”, a series of paintings made over the last three years by Ryan Schneider. This is the inaugural event for “Art Expand”, a series of solo exhibitions by emerging artists to be held at One River during the course of 2016.
This particular group of paintings highlights Schneider's exploration of darkness and night in his work, a practice that began in the Fall of 2013 when he composed a painting by first covering the canvas with bluish-black pigment and then "carved" the image with the tip of a palette knife. The works on view find Schneider at ease incessantly scoring and layering the face of his dark surfaces. Appearing etched into the picture-plane, his figures and landscapes have a way of slowly revealing themselves in shimmering light and texture.
The seductive mark-making in “What Brought You in Will Take You Out”, 2013, guides us through the radiantly dark landscape, simultaneously carving out the image and illuminating it. “Dark Devotional”, 2014, is similarly powerful for the formal presentation and sacred qualities of a glorious blue pitcher. Both works are striking for the manner in which we can find the spiritual, in all its mysterious detail, even if the journey is long and through the dark. Schneider’s “Dark Matters” urges us to take the leap and relish the ephemeral wandering spirit.