b. 1969 Haarlem, Netherlands
Born 1969, Haarlem, Netherlands/Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, and Amsterdam, Netherlands Lara Schnitger applies domestic arts, such as sewing and quilting, to a brand of sculpture-making that merges design with modernist architecture. Knitted and sewn, hairy and bulging, her sculptures have the tendency to anthropomorphize into figures that express pent-up aggressions and sexual desires. The semi-transparent sections of some of Schnitger's works reveal the crude engineering of the structures within. Lara Schnitger studied at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag, Netherlands (1987-91); Academie Vyvarni Umeni, Prague (1991-92); Ateliers, Amsterdam (1992-94); and Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (1999-2000). Solo exhibitions include Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London (2007); My Other Car is a Broom Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, traveling to Stroom den Haag, The Hague (2005, catalogue); Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2005, 2002, 1999, 1996); Blacks on Blondes; Triple Candie, New York (2005); Civilized Special Zone: Lara Schnitger and Matthew Monahan Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen, China (2002); Raum Aktuellekunst Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna (2001); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2001); Kunstwerke, Berlin (2000); and the University of Buffalo Art Gallery, New York (1997). Group exhibitions include Fantastic Politics The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (2007); Lara Schnitger, Lily Van Der Stoker, Sue Williams,Modern Art, London (2006);USA Today: New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery Royal Academy of Arts, London (2006);Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); My Barbarian Powerplant, Toronto (2005); Obsession Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (2004); Building Structures P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2002); Shanghai Biennial, China (2002); Raumkorper, Netze und andere Gebilde Kunsthalle Basel (2000); The Centre Holds Gmurzynska Gallery, Cologne (1997); and Sublieme Vormen Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1996).