Feature Articles

November 2013

RIVERWORKS Gallery in Greenville, SC, Offers Works by Sara Schneckloth

RIVERWORKS Gallery in Greenville, SC, is presenting Sara Schneckloth; Making Mark, on view through Dec. 1, 2013. A reception will be held on Nov. 1, from 6-9pm.

Sara Schneckloth; Making Mark defies definition. Is Schneckloth’s view microscopic or panoramic? Is she making marks with evaporating watercolor puddles? Are her images scientific or imaginary? Is she constructing a drawing by layering elements much like a sculpture might be built? Yes, yes, yes and yes.

As Schneckloth defies definition, she simultaneously honors tradition by constructing her drawings within a traditional pristine white-space window. Her sense of place warms her drawings with memories. The viewer can feel the warmth of the sun on the stone walls she helped restore in France and the daily alteration of the stacks of construction materials outside her west view window in Brooklyn.

Schneckloth is recording the panoramic landscape with the intimacy of the microscopic. By utilizing her own personal marks and materials she transcribes the record of the view to the tactile memory of the view.

Schneckloth employs graphite, watercolor, colored pencils, wax, ink, and charcoal to weave the images of Making Mark. She empowers the unframed drawings with immediacy by suspending them from the wall.

Addressing her process, Schneckloth says, “Material layers build dimensionally on the page, as each element is chosen and placed for overall integrity… Taken together, these drawings envision and question the relationships between our bodies and the structures that contain them.” She invites Making Mark viewers to share her memories as they enjoy unraveling her marks and making their own inquiries.

Schneckloth has shown in over fifty exhibitions throughout the US, South Africa, and France, including the South Carolina Biennial, the Wisconsin Triennial, the Columbus Biennial, Drawing Beyond at the Princeton Arts Council, the Florida Experimental Film Festival, Soho20 Chelsea, and in numerous university galleries. Her essays on drawing and embodiment have appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, Visual Communications Quarterly, and the Manifest International Drawing Annual.

Schneckloth holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and has lived and worked in Iowa, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Cape Town, South Africa, and Columbia, SC. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina.

RIVERWORKS Gallery is operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at Greenville Technical College. The gallery is located along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/271-0679 or visit (www.gvltec.edu/vpa/) and click on RIVERWORKS.

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