The works in this show vary significantly - and impressively. There are works with dreamlike, allegorical content, works dominated by a strong, almost hallucinogetic, sense of an object, and works of stark expressivism. But all show a deep responsiveness to nature, and all show Schneider's remarkable sense of color.
Aster and Asteriods is part of a series, drawn from her own views of the Hudson. Enormous asteriods are balanced comically in a night sky that is made charming and strange, with Christmas-like lights for stars, and magnetic waves marking the heavens. A thin band of black, dotted with innocent light, indicates our life, cozy and vulnerable. The river, not quite a match for this sky and its strange objects, all the same, mirrors its every feature, beautiful, but threatened too. The work combines a beautiful use of color with wit and symbolic power.
In the Gunnera paintings, nature figures as an the object of attention in a different way. The subject throughout is the Gunnera plant, but it is also the opportunity for a variety of meditations on how dramatic manipulations in color can give rise to sharp, well defined atmospheres. In Gunnerea Number 5, shades of blue and white convey the textures of the plant in stylized geometric design, with contrasting dark red alongside. The strong color tones of the painting, along with the uncanny distributions of light, give the painting a kind of primitive power. Nature is recognizable, but it is dark and symbolic, the dramatic use of color generating a powerful effect. In Gunnera Number 4, Schneider continues to give us a nature study but now with a bit of formal playfulness, the descending line marking out an an alternative non-natural object. And in Gunnera Number 6, we have a kind of tour de force of color and play, the natural object still with us, but now a vehicle for strong color juxtaposition in its own right.
The Apple Tree series gives us works more symbolist and expressive. The subject is stark, but the composition and the choices regarding color are very imaginative, the result almost dreamlike. There is much for the eye to do as it moves about these clever and suggestive works.
In all these works, there is an inviting atmosphere achieved by shrewd, often dramatic, color choice and composition. Schneider uses strong color and imaginative compostion, yet she is sensitive to our sense of the subject apart from its treatment in her paintings. The result is art that transforms its subject, gives us something we have not seen before, but also gives us a version of the subject that we recognize.