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Var Gallery

this / that / and the other : Brian Schneider

Join us for the opening reception of "this / that / the other thing", new works by Brian Schneider

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this / that / and the other : Brian Schneider
this / that / and the other : Brian Schneider

Time & Location

Feb 10, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Var Gallery , 643 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA

About the Event

Var Gallery is pleased to announce this / that / the other thing, a solo exhibition of new works from Brian Schneider at Var’s 2nd Street location. The exhibition opens Friday, February 10th, 2023. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Var Gallery, and first solo exhibition as a represented artist.

this / that / the other thing consists of new multi-media works that serve as a vehicle for humor and release from the present reality. Schneider creates custom panels of various shapes. He then cuts, paints, and stains individual pieces of wood to fit within these panels, in order to create objects and patterns. Paint, pencil or stickers are applied to the top of or inside the shaped panels in order to depict curious moments, odd objects, or to deface the original piece. He sees these pieces.

Brian Schneider is a multi-disciplinary artist from Greenfield, Wisconsin. He received his BFA in 2014 from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

“In my work I create custom panels of various shapes. I then cut, paint and stain individual pieces of wood to fit within these panels, in order to create objects and patterns.  Paint, pencil or stickers are applied on top of or inside the shaped panels in order to depict curious moments, odd objects, or to deface the original piece. I see these pieces as painting surfaces and, also, as wall hanging sculptures.”

“I use art as a vehicle for humor.  It is a way to release from the present reality. Humor can dampen painful experiences. Nostalgia and humor also help allow a person to let their guard down, allowing for harder to digest ideas to get through. It can draw someone in and allow nuance to be seen where it may otherwise be overlooked. My work often depicts violence or gore, a call back to childhood and Saturday morning cartoons or metaphor for internal suffering.”

Recent solo and group exhibitions include Structuring Bodies, Structuring Places (Var Gallery), Lost and Found (Riverwest Jazz Gallery), Figure Exhibition (Var Gallery), Gristle Art Gallery (Real Tinsel). His work has been collected by Pfister Hotel and Saint Kate Arts Hotel. This is his second solo exhibition at Var Gallery.

Schneider works in drawing, painting, photography, mixed media sculpture and digital.

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