David Krut Projects is pleased to present HandPrint Portraits, Johannesburg, a solo exhibition of recent photographs by South African-born artist Gary Schneider. Schneider has been making HandPrint portraits since 1996, but has never before had a show solely devoted to this work. This exhibition marks the first time Schneider has explored a particular community outside of his family and friends.
In July 2011, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, presented a survey of Schneider's work; it was his first exhibition in South Africa. While in Johannesburg, Schneider set up a small darkroom at Wits University Art School where he made over 50 HandPrints of artists and other members of the creative community. This New York exhibition presents a small selection of these portraits, including large-scale handprints of Senzeni Marasela, Jo Ractliffe, William Kentridge, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Frank Malaba and David Goldblatt. In December 2011, Schneider will return to South Africa to continue this typological exploration in Cape Town.
"These photographs, made without a camera, are sweat and heat imprints into film emulsion. I consider handprint portraits to be as expressive as any of a face, more private, and possibly more revealing. They do not reveal race and, often, neither gender nor age. I borrow the imprint technique from the caves of Lascaux, (the earliest know examples of self identification) the 'Shroud of Turin', Marcel Duchamp's 'Female Fig Leaf,' Yves Klein's body prints, Jasper John's 'Studies for Skin', and 19th century Spirit Photography."
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HandPrint Portraits, Johannesburg
September 8 - October 22, 2011
David Krut Projects, New York Gallery
526 W 26th St, #816
New York, NY 10001