Sean Snyder
December 1, 2010 –
February 13, 2011

Closed through December 20, 2010 – January 4, 2011

Despite the ever-increasing amount of images we are exposed to, it could be conjectured that we see less. We see less of the image itself, overpowered by the meaning imposed by the discursive context in which it appears. But what if we displace an image from its reception on a screen or printed matter, blow it up and examine it? What if we capture video, slow it down and review it?

– Sean Snyder, Optics. Compression. Propaganda, 2007 

Artists Space presents the first institutional exhibition by US artist Sean Snyder (b. 1972 Virginia Beach, living in Berlin, Kiev and Tokyo), encompassing the breadth of his practice over the past decade.

During this period Snyder has been recognized internationally with one-person exhibitions at among others the Stedlijk Museum, Amsterdam; Secession, Vienna; Portikus, Frankfurt; and De Appel, Amsterdam, occupying a unique position with his use of research-based methodologies, in which Snyder adopts an analytical approach to the circulation of information and imagery within the global media.

Snyder's work, realized in the form of installations and publications, comprises the re-framing of found images, video, and text, alongside the presentation of material produced through his research process. Utilizing archival documentary sources such as news agencies, image data banks, and government bodies, as well as the more furtive digital sphere of blogs and chat rooms, Snyder composes studies of instances in which the material manipulation of information is exposed. Touching on subjects such as urban planning, the "war on terror," and the technologies of image production and dissemination, Snyder reveals the construction and transposition of ideologies through systems of representation.

The exhibition features key works including Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania(2001), which documents the presence of a replica of Southfork Ranch from the 1980s television show Dallas in post-socialist Romania; and Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars(2004-05), a work that uses footage of the conflicts in Iraq to map the consumerist impulse behind the production of images of war. 

Sean Snyder's recent solo exhibitions include: Institute for Contemporary Arts, London; Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (both 2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (both 2007); Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; Secession, Vienna (both 2005); De Appel, Amsterdam; Neue Kunst Halle, St Gallen (both 2004).

Exhibition architecture by Jonathan Caplan.

Sean Snyder is supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency and The Friends of Artists Space. With thanks to Lia Gangitano, Participant Inc.; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.  

Installation view of Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars, 2004–2005, DVD projection (13 min 11 sec).
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of The Site, 2004–2005, Digital prints on color proofing paper, text panels.
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania, 2001 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Installation view of Analepsis, 2003–2004, DVD (4 min 53 sec). Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania, 2001, Photographs, 2 DVDs (video 1: 2 min 27 sec; video 2: 4 min 41 sec), architectural models, digital prints, photocopied documents, newspaper articles.
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania, 2001, Photographs, 2 DVDs (video 1: 2 min 27 sec; video 2: 4 min 41 sec), architectural models, digital prints, photocopied documents, newspaper articles.
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Two Oblique Representations of a Given Place (Pyongyang), 2001–2004, non-synchronized video projection, 2 DVDs (video 1: 17 min 34 sec; video 2: 5 min 44 sec).
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Two Oblique Representations of a Given Place (Pyongyang), 2001–2004, Non-synchronized video projection, 2 DVDs (video 1: 17 min 34 sec; video 2: 5 min 44 sec).
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Urban Planning Documentation (Road Runner & Coyote), 1996–1998, b/w plotting prints, text printouts, DVD (2 min).
Photo: Daniel Peréz

Installation view of Urban Planning Documentation (Road Runner & Coyote), 1996–1998, b/w plotting prints, text printouts, DVD (2 min).
Photo: Daniel Peréz

Installation view of Dallas Southfork in Hermes Land, Slobozia, Romania, 2001, photographs, 2 DVDs (video 1: 2 min 27 sec; video 2: 4 min 41 sec), architectural models, digital prints, photocopied documents, newspaper articles.
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Two Representations of a given place (Pyongyang), 2001-2004 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Two Representations of a given place (Pyongyang), 2001-2004 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Schema (Television), 2006-2007 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Schema (Television), 2006-2007 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Exhibition, 2008 (video still).
Courtesy of the artist; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Lisson Gallery, London; and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Installation view of The Site, 2004–2005, digital prints on color proofing paper, text panels.
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Urban Planning Documentation (Road Runner & Coyote), 1996–1998, b/w plotting prints, text printouts, DVD (2 min).
Photo: Daniel Peréz

Casio, Seiko, Sheraton, Toyota, Mars, 2004-05 (Video still).
Photo courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Installation view of Exhibition, 2008, b/w film transferred to DVD (6 min 59 sec).
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Installation view of Schema (Television), 2007, DVD projection (10 min).
Photo: Daniel Peréz.

Programs

Jan Verwoert
Lecture
Wednesday, December 8, 7pm

Lucy Raven
Artist Talk
Friday, January 28, 7pm

Thomas Keenan and Eyal Weizman in conversation
Conversation
Thursday, February 3, 7pm