Gary Schneider

Datura

1996, printed 1999
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Gary Schneider's background in photographic printing, experimental theatre and performance art helps inform his photography as a highly subjective engagement with the physical properties of humans, plants and insects. With their radical composition and lighting, his botanical images convey his interest in the surreal and beautiful properties of plant forms. "Datura" is a tall plant with full, trumpet-shaped flowers that is at once sensual in form, repulsive in smell, and highly poisonous. Similarly, Schneider's entomological studies simultaneously attract and repel, as seen in the adjacent work. Made as photograms from a group of 19th-century photomicrographic specimen slides bought at a flea market, this series emphasizes the interplay of linear and planar surfaces.
Title
Datura
Date
1996, printed 1999
Medium
Photograph
Materials
gelatin silver print, toned
Dimensions
92.7 x 74.8 cm; image: 91.5 x 73.6 cm; 39 1/4 x 32 5/16 x 1 1/8 in. (framed)
Nationality
American
Credit line
Gift of the Council for Canadian-American Relations, 2003, through the generosity of John Erdman
Accession number
41124