COLLAGE ON VIEW
Stephen Schaub: Recent Works
at The Artist Book Foundation in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA, 9 November 2018-1 February 2019
In Stephen M. Schaub’s monumental artwork, rather than experiencing a literal place or a linear story, viewers encounter something akin to the fragmentation of a memory or the illogic of a dream. The images may be evocative, lyrical, and, at times, haunting. Schaub says these recent works were “inspired by the light and the energy of this iconic, sweeping space,” in the 14′ print, Grand Central Terminal. He says he “was particularly struck by what happens when you stand still amidst so much movement and just watch…it felt to me as if slices of time were appearing and disappearing all around. This is one of the themes that fascinates me and informs so much of my work: how our perception of space and of time combine to create the stories we tell ourselves, which may only be loosely related to reality.”
In the creation of the negative, overlapping frames and multiple-exposures are used to evoke an almost cinematic sense of time and motion. Images are printed using handmade surfaces such as Amate paper from Mexico, and Kinwashi from Japan. Schaub is interested in the way these historic materials may merge with content and vice-versa, surface and imagery blending into one, each informing the other. Because each artwork is created in this fashion, these places exist nowhere so much as they do within the mind of the viewer.
Schaub lives and works in Vermont and his unique prints have been exhibited in the US, Europe, and Asia. His work is in the Polaroid Collection as well as other major private and corporate collections. In July 2018, Schaub’s in-camera collage work was featured in “Revolutionary Paths: Critical Issues in Collage” at Antenna Gallery in New Orleans as part of Kolaj Fest New Orleans.
(Text adapted from the venue’s press materials)
Louis and Susan Meisel Gallery at The Artist Book Foundation
1327 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 USA
by Stephen M. Schaub
Courtesy of the artist and The Artist Book Foundation