The core issue that instructs the form of my work is the belief that a painting can declare itself decisively transformed when it is perceived as an object engaged in real space. The juncture between painting and drawing on and within these shaped surfaces is where I address core- painting ideas and issues about space and place along with a testing of the psychological expectation about what a painting can be. I see my book artwork as another way to further develop the idea of painting as object since these books are extended paintings existing in space and time. My books in all their forms help me to develop ideas in a robust visual vocabulary with paint gesture and material manipulation that later emerge in other complex painting wall constructions. In my work I explore a personal concept of place, Tirthas a crossing between here and there, beyond landscape, a defined moment in time, out of time, a metaphysical space, between this world and the next tuned for spiritual mystery. The altered structure of my work presents a sense of transcendence, anticipation, unease and wonder with reflection about shifting moments in time.
Kenneth Schnall's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings