Attempts at Bedrock: Bryan Schoneman in the Gallery

Bryan Schoneman, Variant #2 (detail), 2012 Dirt, non-toxic pigment, wood. water, plants
Bryan Schoneman, Variant #2 (detail), 2012 Dirt, non-toxic pigment, wood. water, plants
Bryan Schoneman, Variant #2 (detail), 2012 Dirt, non-toxic pigment, wood, water, plants
Bryan Schoneman, Variant #2 (detail), 2012 Dirt, non-toxic pigment, wood, water, plants

Bryan Schoneman
Attempts at Bedrock
July 3 -27, 2012
Opening: 1st Thursday, July, 6 – 8 PM

During the month of July, Gallery4Culture is pleased to welcome Seattle-based sculptor Bryan Schoneman in a solo exhibition titled, Attempts at Bedrock. Schoneman engages his own body and surrogate objects in a performance based practice that revolves around the central theme of displacement. Dirt is muse and medium for the artist.

Variants is a series of nine medium scale sculptures pivotal to this body of work. They are constructed from pigmented dirt (non-toxic), encased within wood scaffolding and imbedded with plant seeds. Over the run of the show, germination activates the dirt forms, which then begin to deconstruct.

Attempts at Bedrock introduces rocks, water and germination as expanding facets of Schoneman’s exploration. He erects an elaborate matrix of mechanical elements in the gallery space: conveyor belt, cistern and pulley systems all play a role in the activating the space. The conveyer belt move rocks; the rocks are rinsed (by the artist) with water from the cistern; dirt is collected from the rinsing, and with luck, something grows in the reclaimed soil.

Schoneman’s ritual constructions are intrinsically transitory – whether his attempts are successes or failures is never the point. The intention of his work is interpretation and mythologizing of family histories and loss, concerns that touch each of us.

About Bryan Schoneman: Bryan Schoneman grew-up in Southern California. His creative expression has surely been influenced by the fact that he descended from Iowa farmers and (more recently) mechanics. In 2005, Schoneman earned a BA in studio art from Humboldt State University in northern California; he earned an MFA from the University of Washington in 2010.

More about the artist: http://bryanschoneman.com

Attempts at Bedrock is made possible in part by Artist Trust’s Grants for Artist Projects.