Julian Schnabel, born 1951 in New York, lives and works in New York. Schnabel´s work is suffused with a volatile arising from the clash of dichotomous elements; contradicting aspects live as uneasy neighbors. Powered by this sense of imminent combustion, Schnabel´s poetic dissonance traverses unstable frontiers, fearless in the face of confrontation and experimentation. Throughout the unstable and shifting landscape he creates, Schnabel´s distinctive hand and voice remain constant, his attitude questioning. Schnabel´s archeological fascination with fragments and remnants is tempered by lyric expressiveness and painterly extravagance. He celebrates the residue of human existence, arranging antiquated architectural elements, a photographic portrait, primitive shards in a baroque theater of expansive gestures and luxurious color. Drama and violence further pervade Schnabel´s work via the marks he makes: the viewer often finds palpable evidence of the trajectory of paint-soaked rags thrown against surfaces, as in his "Lost Relative".
Lost Relative 1998 From Wall Works Multimedia wall painting. Photosilkscreen on acetate, framed photograph, silkscreen, and pencil line on the wall. Acetates 70 x 98 cm (27½ x 38¼ ") ea., photo 41 x 30,5 cm (16 x 12"), silkscreen mark 104 x 46 cm (41 x 18"); overall installation size variable. Limited to 12 installations, with a signed and numbered certificate.
Malfi 1998 From the portfolio Sequences Three silkscreens, printed in five to seven colors on primed Rising museum board, each handworked with monotype and poured resin. Each print 50 x 40 cm (19¾ x 15¾"), each signed and numbered. Edition of 60.