works on paper
On view May 7 – June 18
May 7, 11am – 3pm CT
Mesones #57, San Miguel de Allende
An exhibition of gilded photographs by artists Wendi Schneider and Lori Pond, featuring selections from Schneider’s illuminated impressions of grace in the natural world in “States of Grace” and Pond’s reflections on life and death in “Learning to Walk in the Dark.”
“In times of turmoil we often turn to nature for solace and centering. Whether bringing light and focus to what we are losing or celebrating rebirth, from broad landscapes to close up or microscopic forms.
Artists throughout the ages have been drawn to the vast and varied world of botanicals. What moves you? Do you celebrate the essence of beauty or strive to heighten recognition of the perilous path of our environment? Are you inspired by a single bloom or a profusion of blossoms in a lush bouquet, enchanted gardens manicured or messy, plants endangered or invasive, carefully cultivated or sown by nature, bursting forth or shriveling on a vine?”
Wendi Schneider’s first solo exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art
On view February 10 – April 2, 2022
Opening Reception: February 10, 6-8pm ET
526 W 26th St, #417, New York
“Schneider shoots with the ghosts of Brigman, Steichen, Stieglitz and other members of the pre-Modernist Photo Secession standing by her side, lending her work a timeless, beguiling air of memory. For Schneider, time itself is her demeanor, her medium where a conversation well over a century old continues between her and those artists who inspire her . . . Paying homage to those who used photographic imagery like ingredients in some pictorial gumbo, she uses time as a spice infused with narrative, a flavor seeped into the process of layering effects. Building a bridge into this digital age, Schneider unabashedly flaunts her camera vision, informing it with a printmaker’s devices and a painter’s disregard for rules.” – Rick Wester
Schneider writes “My work in the States of Grace series illuminates transformative moments of spiritual connection to nature, rooted in the serenity I find in the sinuous elegance of organic forms. I photograph intuitively to make the intangible tangible, creating impressions of fleeting moments of vanishing beauty in our vulnerable environment to honor the ephemeral. . .”
One hundred images were chosen anonymously from over 8000 entries, exploring themes of identity, cultural heritage, global societal issues, gender politics, mental health, the natural world, and the human condition for the 163rd edition of the world’s oldest photography exhibition, where such artists as Eduard Steichen, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Julia Margaret Cameron exhibited.
The 57 international photographers will exhibit at the Royal Photographic Society at RPS Gallery, Bristol, UK April 16 – July 3, 2022 before the exhibition travels.
Schneider says “I create illuminated illusions – tender, gilded offerings of fleeting moments of beauty in our vulnerable environment . . . My process creates a surface that shimmers as the viewer’s position and ambient light transition, reflecting the mercurial light at capture. Elevating the ephemeral, I follow instinctively where each image and print takes me, often altering the color, texture or gold, and honoring the variations within the edition. Each of these unique framed prints is a one-of-a-kind object of reverence.”
Wendi Schneider’s portfolio The Patina Collection was chosen as Work of Merit in the 2020 Rfotofolio Call.
The Patina Collection is an assemblage of gilded prints in the ‘States of Grace’ series paired with antique frames – the synthesis of 40 years of collecting turn-of-the-twentieth-century art and objects and creating images inspired by the sinuous elegance of organic forms.
In order to introduce you to the work of some of the auction artists, LACP will be hosting a series of online artist talks which will begin on September 21st.
These talks are free and open to the public via Zoom.
Tuesday, September 21, 5 pm PST – Josephine Sacabo, Wendi Schneider, Hiroshi Watanabe
Thursday, September 23, 5 pm PST – Fran Forman, Michael Kenna, Shawn Theodore
Tuesday, September 28, 5 pm PST – Joanne Dugan, David Hume Kennerly, Miranda Penn Turin
Thursday, September 30, 5 pm PST – Richard Renaldi, Bootsy Holler, Sam Abell (yet to confirm)
“In Diffusion Volume X, we pay homage to the history and celebration of our forged bonds, so cheers to the technicians, the historians, the cyber artists, the chemists, the alchemists, the magicians, the purists, the rebels, and the visionaries! Ten cheers for the crafters of photography.”
— Excerpt from “A Love Letter to the Crafters of Photography” by Blue Mitchell
View the issue: Diffusion Vol X, 2021
“It has been a year of more and less. More appreciation, compassion, loss, recognition, reflection, solitude, and work. Less travel, interaction, and concern about unimportant things. Even mundane tasks have developed into more meditative moments. I am acutely aware of the passage of time and of my emotions, which seem to resonate more deeply. And as usual, but perhaps more than ever, I have turned to my art for serenity and respite, as making art to celebrate beauty has always been my personal refuge…” — Wendi Schneider
Wendi contributed a post to Still in the Studio, a weekly series created in response to the pandemic, where artists offer insight into their work and artist practice.
Read the post: Wendi Schneider, Still in the Studio, February 3, 2021
“Her work is influenced by the lush landscapes of Memphis and New Orleans, her collection of art and antiques from the turn of the twentieth century, and a background in painting and art history – in particular the work of Steichen, Whistler, and other Pictorialists and Tonalists. She turned to photography in the early 1980s to create references for her paintings, then combined the mediums…”
Wendi Schneider is thrilled to announce her latest project, The Patina Collection. Each print from the States of Grace series in The Patina Collection is paired with a specially selected antique frame, making these inherently unique gilded prints truly one-of-a-kind works of art. This collection is the synthesis of nearly 40 years of collecting and creating, fused with a lifetime of love for the natural world and all its mysterious beauty.
“My practice has not shifted measurably in the time of Covid-19. I turn to nature to dwell in serenity amidst the chaos, for it is there I find sanctuary and respite. I am transfixed and transformed when I capture impressions of fleeting grace in the natural world. Calmed by fluid, organic shapes reminiscent of the elegant whiplash lines of art nouveau botanicals, I photograph intuitively.“
Wendi contributed a post to Safe in the Studio, a weekly series created in response to the pandemic, where artists offer insight into their work and artist practice.
Read the article: Wendi Schneider, Safe in the Studio, April 9, 2020
In this exhibit we honor trees in all their states: majestic specimens or struggling seedlings, in summer plumage or winter austerity, grown in nature or nurtured by man. Where do you find inspiration in trees? What is it about trees that moves you? All capture methods and processes are welcome. Deadline for submissions is February 10, 2020.
3 Park Street, Middlebury VT 05753
On view April 2 – April 25, 2020