by Fiammetta De Michele.

Dreamshow or Doomshow? Christian Holstad & Max Hooper Schneider  together for the first time  in an imaginary  digital dreamshow.

Lately i’ve been shocked by the news that  a Japanese fisherman reeled a monster fish, mutated by the radiation contamination from the Fukushima nuclear accident. I can’t even start to make a list of all the environmental tragedies that we’re facing, from climate change to extinction of species.  Two contemporary artists from California meditate about this apocalyptic scenario.

Max Hooper Schneider “Glowing Beluga Whale Skeleton” 2013, photoluminescent epoxy resin, 5? x 12? x 3. The funds to build the Whale have been raised trough Kickstarter. On the ground Christian Holstad, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch @ Schmidt & Handrup, Cologne

Christian Holstad, is interested in the culture of consumerism. In his 2010  show at Schmidt & Handrup he presented The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A series of luminous sculptures, presented in large scale.The title of the exhibition draws attention to a phenomenon first described in the 1997.

The remains of our consumer garbage, mostly plastic parts and their decomposition products, gather in vortexes in the oceans and accumulate to significant concentrations in certain maritime regions of so-called‚ trash vortexes or Plastic islands. The most famous among them is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific, with an estimated expanse of twice the size of Texas.

left, Max Hooper Schneider, Genus Watermelancholia, 2014, bioengineered square watermelon, glass-cube aquarium, UV electrolyte bath, copper wire, battery-operated digital sign, 25?×?25 × 25 cm. Right: Christian Holstad, Cacoon, Vintage aluminium lawn chair, paint, 2xist underwear elastic, vintage mohair sweater, xerox transfers, wool felt, vintage exercise boots, sand.

Max Hooper Schneider is interested in biomarine science and he uses a fictional-narrative approach that reveals a  doom vision of the future.

His works came from a fantasy  future where the human specie doesn’t exist anymore and animals occupy objects.  The final result is a hybrid of organic matter and machines.  His  artwork Lab Matters 2 , is a  life-sized glowing Beluga whale skeleton cast from photoluminescent epoxy resin . I see the whale almost  as a preistorical animal whose DNA has been completely modified.
Schneider used a quotation by Teodor Adorno: “The splinter in your eye is the best magnifying glass.” The aphorism is taken from Minima Moralia: Reflections from Damaged Life, written by Adorno in 1941.
cover picture: from the left,  Paramount Ranch 2,  Max Hooper Schneider, Scarecrow, 2010, light sculpture, 200 x 60 x 20 cm, Christian Holstad,  Pet Semiosis 3: Cholera (Cyrillic), Max Hooper Schneider


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