Carrie Schneider at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago

Working in ambiguously narrative photography and video, Carrie Schneider mines the complexities of relationships — both romantic and familial — nature, and the self. Her images, which often depict herself and her brother, are quietly mysterious and anxiety-provoking as they seductively probe what is considered “appropriate” behavior. Beyond this, the figures can be considered a doubled self which acts as a point of entry for psychological and emotional negotiations.

Carrie Schneider
Carrie Schneider, “Still Life” (after Brassaï) (detail), 2009. Courtesy: The artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Inspired by her residencies in Helsinki, the natural landscape is often employed as the setting for her work, in addition to the interiors of bars, which also act as a site for a heightened awareness of being, specifically in regards to romantic and otherwise complicated and hierarchical relationships. Citing David Lynch and Finnish filmmakers such as Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Salla Tykkä as important influences, Schneider is undertaking her first major short film project this summer while in Helsinki and plans to debut it in her UBS 12 x 12 exhibition. The film continues her investigation of physical representations of relationships between people incorporating elements of the uncanny and the doubled-self.

About the MCA
One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is located at 220 East Chicago Avenue, just one block east of Michigan Avenue, in the heart of the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago.