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Jaime Scholnick
updated: 02/25/2013
website: www.jaimescholnick.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Zig Zag
Subterranean pinks and yellows
Positive Negative
Parabolic Cobalt Tower
Layered Rectangles
Wallatreat
Pink Flo Base
T-Pot Fossil Tower
SOC#8
Fossil Tower
 
Portfolio Keywords:  political, architecture, pattern, repetition, geometric, obsessive, urban, consumer culture, social criticism, abstract
 
 
Zig Zag by Jaime Scholnick
Zig Zag
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
72 " x  1200 1/2 "  x 6 " 
Subterranean pinks and yellows by Jaime Scholnick
Subterranean pinks and yellows
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
44" x  64"  x 6" 
Positive Negative by Jaime Scholnick
Positive Negative
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
49 " x  30 "  x 5 " 
Parabolic Cobalt Tower by Jaime Scholnick
Parabolic Cobalt Tower
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
62" x  15"  x 10" 
Layered Rectangles by Jaime Scholnick
Layered Rectangles
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
22" x  50"  x 18" 
Wallatreat by Jaime Scholnick
Wallatreat
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2012
39 " x  30 "  x 6 " 
Pink Flo Base by Jaime Scholnick
Pink Flo Base
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2011
46 " x  23 "  x 9 " 
T-Pot Fossil Tower by Jaime Scholnick
T-Pot Fossil Tower
Polystyrene, flashe and acrylic
2011
69 " x  17 "  x 8 " 
SOC#8 by Jaime Scholnick
SOC#8
mixed media
2010
17 " x  11 " 
Fossil Tower by Jaime Scholnick
Fossil Tower
acrylic on gesso-ed Styrofoam
2009
60 " x  24 "  x 12 " 

Artist Statement
This newest series of sculpture using unaltered Styrofoam, takes the viewer far into the future and asks them to become archeologists, holding up a mirror to our present-day society.  What is imaged back, in the form of these colorful and obsessively adorned Styrofoam pieces, is a kind of "fossilizing" of history.  They bookmark our moment in this civilization.  These "fossils" are an attempt to re-write history. The intention for the original Styrofoam is elevated to one of a seemingly precious object, conceptually reversing the role that Styrofoam packing material plays in the hierarchy of our global economy.

This series of work with Styrofoam is both formal in its approach to color and form.  Color choices are intuitively derived at from harmonies and discords used by painters, both historically and Contemporary.  The mark making is dictated by the form of the unaltered Styrofoam.  All sides of the pieces are addressed and can be configured in various ways to accommodate a given space.

 It's interesting to imagine oneself as an excavator hundreds of years from now, uncovering these forms, and questioning their hierarchical importance and purpose in the past. 

It's challenging not to slip into a feeling of a looming Apocalypse, to the demise of the United States as the supreme Super Power in the world; this dominant force that I have been accustomed to all my life.  The ongoing economic disasters, natural calamities, and intolerance present in today's society add to this uncertainty.  This aggregate of forms tries to capture those feelings, albeit subversively, while wooing the viewer with a seductive exterior surface.  It acknowledges the proliferation of acquisition by our consumer-driven society and slants it in a different light.  It hints at a lost civilization, a Xanadu that was once a beacon of excess and have-alls.  These pieces are the apotheosis of what was great; landmarks of a hedonistic, out-of-control consumer culture where "excess was not enough."

Artist Bio / CV

Ms. Scholnick was born in Brooklyn, New York but grew up in Southern California. She graduated from The Claremont Graduate University in 1991 with an MFA in sculpture. From 1994 to 1999 Ms. Scholnick lived in Japan. She received an artist residency from the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo which took place in Imadate, Japan, one of the few  thriving papermaking cities.

Upon returning to Los Angeles, Ms. Scholnick continues to make work that questions existing notions of gender, racial, sexual and social inequalities. The form the work takes is eclectic; from film to sculpture to works on paper. Her approach is sometimes humorous as with the “Hello Kitty Gets A Mouth” and “John Wayne” series. Her film “Hello Kitty Gets A Mouth” was selected for inclusion into several film festivals in the U.S.A. In 2006 her piece The Massage (from the John Wayne series) was included in the exhibition Defamation of Character  at PS1/MOMA.  

Ms. Scholnick currently lives and maintains a studio in Los Angeles, California. She is represented by CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles ( www.cb1gallery.com, Director: Clyde Beswick). Please see a current CV on the typepad site www.jaimescholnick.typepad.com.