September 14, 2017
Ryan Schneider, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles
Ryan Schneider's works also explore the ecstatic, depicting the male and female forms in a manner that is undeniably sexual, yet not to the point of perversity. His male and female subjects get the same treatment, often with arched backs, receiving the welcome glow of sun or moonlight in a hyper-lush natural setting. Two works at Expo Chicago (Infinite Man andInfinite Woman) sit above one another, showing a man and woman reclining in shallow water under a full moon that hangs in a deep green sky. The water ripples away from them and the hills behind them are soaked in a bright pinky red. They appear to be returned to their natural form, away from our cultural ideals of man and woman.
'EXPO Chicago' runs from 13-17 September at the Navy Pier, Chicago. expochicago.com
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