Lisson Gallery

Sean Snyder

Sean Snyder takes the global circulation of data as the raw materials for his practice. He experiments with multi-layered signs revealing unexpected layers in an intentionally non-pedagogical way. Refusing to conform to conventions, his practice avoids simple classification. In resistance to contemporary art's tendency to aspire to a mechanized consumer society, his investigations parody and mirror their processes. Bypassing conventions, the artist's practice encodes information using an unpredictable matrix. Anatomically ordering preconceptions, his installations deconstruct assumptions that might be attributed to a topic. Interrogating representation, the nebulous investigations, occasionally come into clear focus oscillating between fact and fiction. What might seemingly be intelligible, might turn out to be far more complex. Conversely, what may apparently be complex, might unravel in multi-farious, yet simple and uncomplicated ways. Researching algorithms and unknowns, his practice dissects the aleatoric use of databanks and publicly attainable information, producing unexpected (and subjectively) interconnections between memory and materiality. Via a deconstruction and reconfiguration of components, he elucidates hypotheticals from incongruent perspectives.

Sean Snyder was born in Virginia Beach, USA and now lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Recent solo exhibitions include 'Eye of the Huracán', Schloss, Norway (2016); 'Aspect Ratio / Dispositif', Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France (2016); Re-convergence (Algorithmic Archaeology)’, Document, Chicago, IL, USA (2015); 'No Apocalypse. Not Now’, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (2013); Artists Space, New York, NY, USA (2010); 'The Real War', Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel (2010) and 'Index', Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2009). Snyder has recently participated in group exhibitions at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (2017); ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2016);  Witte de With Center forContemporary Art, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2015); Nam Juin Paik Center, Seoul, Korea (2015); Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (2014);  Irish Musuem of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland (2013); and  Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, USA (2013).

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Cloud Sediment (Gstaad)

Sean Snyder
Cloud Sediment (Gstaad), 2016
7 minutes 47 seconds, b/w and color, HD video, 16:9 format

Cloud Sediment (Gstaad)

Sean Snyder
Cloud Sediment (Gstaad), 2016
7 minutes 47 seconds, b/w and color, HD video, 16:9 format

Cloud Sediment (Gstaad)

Sean Snyder
Cloud Sediment (Gstaad), 2016
7 minutes 47 seconds, b/w and color, HD video, 16:9 format

Algorithmic Sketches

Sean Snyder
Algorithmic Sketches, 2016
15 b/w archival pigment prints on matte paper, 30 x 45 cm mounted on aluminium, installed on a wall painted RAL 7047 (installation view) 360 x 235 cm Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Reconstruction

Sean Snyder
Reconstruction, 2016
5 b/w archival pigment prints on matte paper, 51.75 cm x 69 cm, 1 cm black aluminium frame, installed on wall painted RAL 9017, 229 cm x 400 cm (installation view) Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Fukushima Daiichi (November 15, 2009)

Sean Snyder
Fukushima Daiichi (November 15, 2009), 2016
b/w archival pigment print on matte paper, 159 x 119.25 cm mounted on 3 mm aluminum

Aspect Ratio (Vanishing Point)

Sean Snyder
Aspect Ratio (Vanishing Point), 2015-2016
15 b/w archival pigment prints on matte paper, various formats, 1 cm black aluminum frames, hung on 3 m high x 4 m length wall painted RAL 9017 (installation view) Photo: Florian Kleinefenn

Tableau Bateau

Sean Snyder
Tableau Bateau, 2015-2016
Random loop played on hacked Sony XPERIA Ultra, duration variable. Installed on RAL 9003 PVC structure

Tableau Bateau

Sean Snyder
Tableau Bateau, 2015-2016
Random loop played on hacked Sony XPERIA Ultra, duration variable. Installed on RAL 9003 PVC structure

Tableau Bateau

Sean Snyder
Tableau Bateau, 2015-2016
Random loop played on hacked Sony XPERIA Ultra, duration variable. Installed on RAL 9003 PVC structure

Tableau Bateau

Sean Snyder
Tableau Bateau, 2015-2016
Random loop played on hacked Sony XPERIA Ultra, duration variable. Installed on RAL 9003 PVC structure

Vertical Traces

Sean Snyder
Vertical Traces, 2015-2016
hd data, 1 minute 20 seconds, lcd projection unadaltered Google Earth and Bing search engine views of the location of Watch The Doors, Please! (1980) by Daniel Buren, produced by the Art Institute Of Chicago in cooperation with METRA (Chicago Urban Transport). Photo: Aron Gent

Vertical Traces

Sean Snyder
Vertical Traces, 2015-2016
hd data, 1 minute 20 seconds, lcd projection (still)

Silence (Audition)

Sean Snyder
Silence (Audition), 2015-2016
4 minutes and 33 seconds, HD video, b/w, 16:9 format, noise cancelling wireless headphones

Duty-Free Molotov Cocktail

Sean Snyder
Duty-Free Molotov Cocktail, 2015-2016
RAL 9010 PVC support, 101 cm x 101 cm x 3 cm, height of 120 cm, scarf and vodka

0.99€

Sean Snyder
0.99€, 2015
b/w archival pigment print on matte paper, 53 x 67 cm, 1 cm black aluminium frame

Question To The CIA (Abstract Expressionism)

Sean Snyder
Question To The CIA (Abstract Expressionism), 2015
b/w archival pigment print on matte paper, 53 x 67 cm, 1 cm black aluminium frame

Correspondence with METRA (Chicago Urban Transport)

Sean Snyder
Correspondence with METRA (Chicago Urban Transport), 2015
b/w archival pigment print on matte paper, 29.7 x 42 cm

Untitled (digital imaging screen / sensor)

Sean Snyder
Untitled (digital imaging screen / sensor), 2009
Framed photograph 91.5 x 116.5 cm / 36 x 45 7/8 in.

Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen)

Sean Snyder
Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen), 2009
Framed photograph 91.5 x 116.5 cm / 36 x 45 7/8 in.

Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen)

Sean Snyder
Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen), 2009
Framed photograph 91.5 x 116.5 cm / 36 x 45 7/8 in.

Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen)

Sean Snyder
Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen), 2009
Framed photograph 91.5 x 116.5 cm / 36 x 45 7/8 in.

Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen)

Sean Snyder
Untitled (digital imaging sensor / screen), 2009
Framed photograph 91.5 x 116.5 cm / 36 x 45 7/8 in.

Exhibition

Sean Snyder
Exhibition, 2008
35mm film transferred to DVD B / W, sound with intertitles 6 minutes 59 seconds

Apparatus (Sony DCR-PC120E)

Sean Snyder
Apparatus (Sony DCR-PC120E), 2007
Lightjet print, mounted and framed 90.5 x 60.5cm / 35 5/8 x 23 7/8 in.

Compression / Propaganda (Department of Defense / Al-Qaeda)

Sean Snyder
Compression / Propaganda (Department of Defense / Al-Qaeda) , 2007
Series of Lightjet prints, two videos on monitor and three vitrines of archival material (detail) Size variable

Sony DCR-PC120E (Disassembled)

Sean Snyder
Sony DCR-PC120E (Disassembled) , 2007
Video on monitor 1 minute

A broken piece of raw optical glass from the Carl Zeiss Archive

Sean Snyder
A broken piece of raw optical glass from the Carl Zeiss Archive, 2007
Four B / W prints Framed: Each 72.5 x 72.5cm / 28 4/8 x 28 4/8 in.

Schema (Television)

Sean Snyder
Schema (Television), 2006
Single channel dvd projection with sound 10 minutes

Exhibitions

  1. Sean Snyder: Optics. Compression. Propaganda.

    Sean Snyder: Optics. Compression. Propaganda.

    2 February – 10 March 2007

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