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Lara Schnitger EXHIBITED AT THE SAATCHI GALLERY

I Want Kids
Lara Schnitger
I Want Kids

2005

stencil on plaid, cotton, fake fur, wood, zipper, pins

211 x 251 x 211 cm
Lara Schnitger’s fabric constructions sit uneasily as both sculpture and costume design; her figurative forms create grating parody caricatures of the most unsavoury types. I Want Kids lures with cuddly toy seduction, a goofy three legged monster decked out in Oshkosh B’Gosh plaid, its big hairy ‘slingshot’ dangling with Jolly Jumper enthusiasm. Outrageously perverse, Schnitger’s sculpture doesn’t downplay the morbidity of paedophilia, but rather questions the too-easy public perception of predators. In Brass Eye style, Schnitger addresses our darkest fears and taboos, using wry humour to expose a lurking reality.
Grim Boy
Lara Schnitger
Grim Boy

2005

wood, fabric, and mixed media

180 x 150 x 51 cm
Swathed in black with fuzzy face and dangling dreads, Lara Schnitger’s Grim Boy is the epitome of skulking teenager: grody, rank, and insipid. Draping fabric over a wooden frame base, Schnitger perfectly captures the awkwardness of physical development, disproportioned and gangly, torso bugling with the remnants of puppy fat, head thrust forward in a spit of aggression. Her jostling laugh at pubescent boorishness turns quickly to horror. In the light of Columbine, and the recent spate of goth gang murders and suicides, adolescent angst poses as real threat, a demon seed bread from cultural anxiety.
Lost Hippie
Lara Schnitger
Lost Hippie

2004

Fabric, wood, necklace, scarves, watches, earrings, pins

211 x 119 x 75 cm
Using craft media, Lara Schnitger’s portrayals of cultural stereotypes are constructed as homespun ‘truths’, made more ’endearing’ and identifiable through their beguiling materials. Standing as aggrandised puppets, her figures are abstracted exaggerations confronting preconceptions and prejudices. Lost Hippie lumbers as a lumpy elephant of obsolescence, a virtual caravan of faded patchwork and love-bead nostalgia. An effigy of bygone innocent and idealism, Lost Hippie is met with satirical contempt and suspicion.
Tickler-Stick
Lara Schnitger
Tickler-Stick

2004

Wood, fabric, zippers, pins

389 x 91 x 102 cm
Working in domestic arts, Lara Schnitger’s knitted and sewn sculptures create a quirky brand of feminism. Swaddled in a patchwork of remnant fabrics, Tickler-Stick offers a dubious promiscuity. Stretching and bulging around its internal wood frame, Schnitger’s abstraction seduces with homespun tactility. Dressed up in feminine frills and alluring see-through lace, Tickler-Stick gives a weird corporeality to formalist design, suggesting something deeply naughty in traditional granny-craft.
126 inches of fun

126 inches of fun

Lara Schnitger
126 inches of fun

2006

Fabric, cord and wood

320 x 208 x 172 cm
Lara Schnitger’s 126 Inches of Fun towers as an Amazonian monument: pink, sexy, and larger than life. Stretched around a wooden support, lengths of silky fabric and black lace trestle an invisible bulking form like a ridiculously contrived girdle or fashion-disaster evening gown. Emblazoned with suggestive text Schnitger’s sculpture is an icon of feminine celebration, its diva-esque architecture posing as a bulwark of womanly wiles.
Cupidity (After Bronzino)
Lara Schnitger
Cupidity (After Bronzino)

2009

Mixed media

208.3 x 228.5 cm
Mistress Of The Boa
Lara Schnitger
Mistress Of The Boa

2009

Mixed media

213.3 x 176.5 cm

Lara Schnitger's BIOGRAPHY

Lara Schnitger
Born in 1969, Haarlem, Netherlands
Lives and works in Los Angeles and Amsterdam



SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2010
Modern Art, London, UK
Lara Schnitger – Two Masters and Her Vile Perfume, Sculpture Center, New York
The Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2009
Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Dance Witches Dance (with My Barbarian), Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State.
Los Angeles

2008
Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Holland
Museum Het Domein, Sittard
Dance Witches Dance (with My Barbarian), Museum Het Domein, Sittard (catalog)
Double Happiness, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin

2007
Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London
Anton Kern Gallery, New York

2005
My Other Car is a Broom, Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden traveling to
Stroom den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands (catalog)
Anton Kern Gallery, New York (catalog)
Blacks on Blondes, Triple Candie, New York

2004
Air 2 Paris, Paris

2003
Liesje Leerde Lotje lopen langs de lange Lindenlaan, Revalidatie Centum Friesland,
Beesterswaag, NL

2002
Civilized Special Zone, Lara Schnitger and Matthew Monahan, Chinese European
Art Center, Xiamen
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

2001
Statements, Basel Art Fair, Basel
Raum Aktuellekunst, Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna
Project Room, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

2000
Kunstwerke, Berlin
Gozaimas, Lara Schnitger and Matthew Monahan, Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam

1999
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Up & Co, New York, NY

1998
Hyper Space, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich
Basel Art Fair, Galerie Daniel Blau
SpaceInvader, Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands

1997
University of Buffalo Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY

1996
Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2011
The Artist's Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Investigation of a Dog: Works from the FACE collections, Magasin 3 Konsthall,
Stockholm, Sweden, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

2010
Investigation of a Dog: Works from the FACE collections, Ellipse Foundation,
Cascais, Portugal, Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece, Fondazione Sandretto Re
Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

2009
Group Exhibition, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles
Strike a Pose, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Directions, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy
Double Dutch, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill
Investigations of a Dog, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
(re)Visions:(di)Visions, Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

2008
Sonsbeek Sculpture Exhibition, Arnhem
Attribution problems, Johann König, Berlin
Carried away, Museum Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NL

2007
Read Me! Text In Art, Armory Art, Pasadena
Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st century, New Museum, New York
Wild West, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin
USA Today, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia
To Be Continued…, Magasin 3 Stockolm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Frac des pays de la loire, Carquefou, France
Don’t Let the Boys Win, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland
Fantastic Politics, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Eight Sculptors from Los Angeles, Sabine Knust, Munich
Uneasy Angel/Imagine Los Angeles, Sprueth Magers, Munich

2006
Lara Schnitger, Lily Van Der Stoker, Sue Williams, Modern Art Inc., London
Ridykeulous, Participant Inc., New York, NY
La Retour de la Colonne Durutti, Gallery Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
USA Today, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Implosion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
The “F” word, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Miami

2005
THING New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Both Ends Burning, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (catalog)
Follow Me: A Fantasy, curated by Malik Gaines, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Forms after David, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy
My Barbarian, Powerplant, Toronto, Canada

2004
Obsession, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, NL
M.B. The Mary Blair Story (with My Barbarian), REDCAT Roy and Edna
Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles
Sectrets of de ‘90s, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NL

2003
To Be Recycled, Six Months, Los Angeles, CA
Nice and Easy, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Social Fabric, lothringer13, Munich

2002
Building Structures, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai

2001
Freestanding, Beaver College Art Gallery, Glenside, PA
Urban Creation, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China
Tomorrow's fish&chips,Simplonstr., Berlin, GER
Kunst in Actie, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, NL
11 x Dutch Art, National center for Contemporary Art, St. Petersburg, USSR
I Love NY, Benefit show, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY

2000
Trendwande, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
The Body Between Condition and Construction, EXPO 2000, Hanover
Raumkorper, Netze und andere Gebilde, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Payijs- Berlijn- Kitakyyushu- 2x New York, Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam

1999
10th Fukuoka Art Adventure, IMS – place Fukuoka, Japan
artLovers, curated by Marcia Fortes, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Maeda Exhibitions, C.C.A, Kitakyusha, Japan.
Smooth Space, Vlaams Cultureel Centrum de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Provisorium I, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, Netherlands
Prix NI, Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag, Netherlands

1998
Een Keuze, De Grote Kerk, Den Haag, Netherlands
Art Sculpture Basel ’98, Basel
Neuro-Artonomy, Eramzus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Morning Glory, De Ateliers, Amsterdam
The Centre Holds, Gmurzynska Gallery, Cologne (curated by Rudi Fuchs)

1997
Group Show: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Basel Art Fair, Galerie Daniel Blau
Gramercy Art Fair, Anton Kern Gallery

1996
Sublieme Vormen, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Tien Jaar Lustrum, Niggerdijker, Groningen
Culture Dialogue, Ateliers Höherweg, Düsseldorf

1995
Wild Walls, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Shaking Patterns, W139, Amsterdam
Uitgelicht, RAI, Amsterdam

1994
East Award, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, England

1992
Met Vlag en Wimpel, Nederlands Textielmuseum, Tilburg
Moderni Galerie u Vystavisté, Prague
Kulturni Stredisko, Boskovice, Czech Republic

1991
Stalling, Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague