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Louis Schmidt
updated: 04/26/2012
website: bridgethevoid.blogspot.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Facies Hippocratica (#6)
Facies Hippocratica (#8)
Facies Hippocratica (#10)
Facies Hippocratica (#5)
Facies Hippocratica (#7)
Ghosts (#4)
Ghosts (#6)
Ghosts (#2)
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Thick as Brick #1
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) (installation view)
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #3
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #5
 
Portfolio Keywords:  books, historical, landscape, site-specific, mapping, social criticism, figurative, systems, gestural, psychological
 
 
Facies Hippocratica (#6) by Louis Schmidt
Facies Hippocratica (#6)
Ink on Paper
April, 2012
14 " x  11 " 
Facies Hippocratica (#8) by Louis Schmidt
Facies Hippocratica (#8)
Ink on Paper
April, 2012
14" x  11" 
Facies Hippocratica (#10) by Louis Schmidt
Facies Hippocratica (#10)
Ink on Paper
November, 2011
12" x  9" 
Facies Hippocratica (#5) by Louis Schmidt
Facies Hippocratica (#5)
Ink on Paper
April, 2012
14" x  11" 
Facies Hippocratica (#7) by Louis Schmidt
Facies Hippocratica (#7)
Ink on Paper
April, 2012
14" x  11" 
Ghosts (#4) by Louis Schmidt
Ghosts (#4)
Ink on Paper
April, 2011
8.5 " x  5.5 " 
Ghosts (#6) by Louis Schmidt
Ghosts (#6)
Ink on Paper
April, 2011
8.5" x  5.5" 
Ghosts (#2) by Louis Schmidt
Ghosts (#2)
Ink on Paper
April, 2011
8.5" x  5.5" 
Thick as Brick (installation view) by Louis Schmidt
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Ink on Paper (on mural)
September 2010
Dimensions variable
Thick as Brick (installation view) by Louis Schmidt
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Ink on Paper (on mural)
September 2010
Dimensions variable
Thick as Brick (installation view) by Louis Schmidt
Thick as Brick (installation view)
Ink on Paper (on mural)
September 2010
Dimensions variable
Thick as Brick #1 by Louis Schmidt
Thick as Brick #1
Ink on Paper
September 2010
24" x  32"  x .5" 
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) (installation view) by Louis Schmidt
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) (installation view)
Ink on Paper
September 2010
24" x  32"  x .5" 
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #3 by Louis Schmidt
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #3
Ink on Paper
September 2010
24" x  32"  x .5" 
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #5 by Louis Schmidt
No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins) #5
Ink on Paper
September 2010
24" x  32"  x .5" 

Artist Statement
With some exceptions, my work generally channels a “less is more” sentiment. Crude, or reductive, gestures might betray a critique of materiality, form and the mark. Meanwhile, figures trudge and traipse through landscapes, cityscapes, voidscapes, emerging from or collapsing into shadows and stains and scrawls and blots, desperately distanced from the palpable, the tangible, the physical. 

Contemplating the murder of childhood dreams and the ensuing, unavoidable suicide of adulthood; lamenting the death of the touch and our whole-hearted embrace of dissatisfaction, all compounded by our utter descent into the negative feedback loop caused by the failure of history, my work hopes to help viewers hit absolute bottom. This achieved, we might each begin to break through the putrescent decay of all that was once hopeful in us and regurgitate the repugnant fruit of false transcendence back into God’s infantile, starving face-hole so that He might choke on it and finally free us from this most ridiculous construct of ours.

Imploding myths of our bankrupt modus operandi, my work is (mostly) an unhappy, sometimes comic tragedy about the results of political and spiritual ideals whose primordial architecture barely conceals writhing, diseased paradigms of hierarchy, exclusivity and ego-worship.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

2010  

MFA Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

2004  

BFA Studio Art (Summa cum Laude), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

BA Art History, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2012  

FORTHCOMING:

Title TBD (Solo Exhibition), Park Life, San Francisco, CA

New York Art Book Fair, MoMA P.S.1, New York, NY

Title TBD, Curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Double Break, San Diego, CA

Do Anything, Space 4 Art, San Diego, CA

Title TBD, Matt Coors & Louis M Schmidt, Double Break, San Diego, CA

2011  

Double Breaks, Double Break, San Diego, CA

New York Art Book Fair, MoMA P.S.1, New York, NY

Art Pad SF, Park Life Booth, San Francisco, CA

La Noche de los Libros Mutantes, Madrid, Spain

Even My Mum Can Make a Zine, Apartment Project, Istanbul, Turkey

2010  

Even My Mum Can Make a Book, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, Turkey

Special Choice Part Two, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

New York Art Book Fair, MoMA P.S.1, New York, NY

You Knew This Was Coming, Park Life, San Francisco, CA

No One Gets Out Alive (Nobody Wins), The Periscope Project, San Diego, CA

We’re All in This Together For Ourselves, Agitprop Gallery, San Diego, CA

There’s No Place Like No Place, UCSD V.A.F. Gallery, La Jolla, CA

MFA 2010, University Art Gallery, UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Thanks for Sharing! D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany

Art of Zines, Anno Domini Gallery, San Jose, CA

2009  

Black Hole, Son, Amy Adler’s Studio, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Drawings, Darin Klein’s Booth, New York Art Book Fair, P.S.1, New York, NY

The Source of the Truth is Neither a Source Nor the Truth, GLAMFA Exhibition, CSU Long Beach, Los Angeles, CA

The Dark Tower, Compact/Space, Los Angeles, CA

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

2011  

I Will Face West Forever

The Ghosts of the Living Will Never Hear What the Seashell Whispers        

Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture, Gestalten Publishing, Berlin

2010  

Move Along People Nothing to Feel Here #1-7 (serial ‘zine, 2008-2010)

Hold This, It’s Nothing

Go With the Clock

2009  

Black Hole, Son

Damage, Inc. (commissioned for Darin Klein’s Box of Books, Volume II)