INSPIRED BY FAIRYTALES TOLD WITH A TWIST OF HUMOR, ARTIST SONNY SCHNEIDER FUSES HUMANS AND ANIMALS.
CARMEN HUST | ARTICULATE # 15 | APRIL 2018
The works of the Danish artist Sonny Schneider (1973), wonders between paints, illustration, ceramic sculptures and etching. As an expressionist, he adores fairytales told with a huge twist of humor. Stories being told of human and animals meeting, transforming, mutating, to then appear in other shapes and forms.
The works of the artist, often consists in the constellation of creatures: half human, half animal, encouraging his audience to embrace the odd and unfamiliar, with humor. When circus is in town, I often hope it will stay here forever, the artist adds, as a reference.
Alike “Cirque do Soleil, who transformed circus from people-plus-animals to people-as-animals, from familiar to fantastic, family to forbidden” (Stokes, 2016),
Schneider with his humor, transformed his expression from familiar and family to fantastic and forbidden.
When dedicated to etching, Schneider usually challenges his expression through the technique of dry point. Likewise, monotype is among one of his favorite printing techniques.
Since 2012, the artist-duo DENCKER+SCHNEIDER, consisting of Sonny Schneider and Henrik Dencker, is showcasing numerous artists, in a variety of exhibitions in their gallery in Copenhagen and Berlin (by same name), with great enthusiasm and success, while working themselves, setting up collaborations with other artists and exhibiting their own work.
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