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Focus on New York artists Eric and Heather ChanSchatz.
Their work consists essentially of big paintings silk screen printed on silk. The pieces created are relatively abstract and mostly in vivid colours. Confronted with their paintings, the spectator can’t help trying to find a meaning to those surprising compositions. Since on one hand they are not pure abstractions but on the other hand they give no hint for any rational reading, those compositions are disturbing. What could be their sense, if there is one at all?
Actually it’s in the creative process of those paintings that lays their meaning. Eric and Heather ChanSchatz created in the mid 90’s an index of forms, colours combinations and phrases which serve as the basis of all their work. Once those three elements (some sort of DNA structure) have been created, ChanSchatz decided to meet the audience by selecting social groups and by asking each person of this group to choose one form, one colours combination and one phrase. Wanting to touch a large spectrum of social groups of all levels and origins, they have already worked with miners in Pennsylvania, American soldiers based in Iraq, the staff of a museum or the shopkeepers of their neighbourhood in Chelsea. For each participant a motif linked to the selected form and colours and in correlation with the meaning of the chosen phrase was created by ChanSchatz. After having collected all the serve from the group, the two artists arranged all the created motifs in a large drawing composition before having it silk screen printed. The final arrangement being influenced by the perception ChanSchatz had of this group of individuals after they met.
ChanSchatz will be included in the group show “Abstract America” at the Saatchi Gallery in London from June 3rd to September 13th 2009.
PTG.81 Joseph, 2008
Screenprint on silk and mirrored stainless steel with etching, acrylic mirror, and acrylic on wall
84 x 134 inches (213 x 340 cm), 176 x 132 inches (447 x 335 cm) overall
Collection of Michael and Roberta Joseph
"Together", Albion, London
"PTG.97 HMA-UTC", 2008
Screenprint on silk and mirror polished stainless steel with etching, and acrylic mirror
79 x 123 inches (201 x 312 cm), 104 x 207,5 inches (264 x 527 cm) overall
"The Gift", 2007-2008
Thirty-five PLW sculptures
Screenprint on silk and chrome hardware
20 x 20 x 6 inches (51 x 51 x 15 cm) each, 96 x 96 x 18 inches (244 x 244 x 46 cm) overall