LGTripp Gallery Press Release (excerpt):
Dan Schimmel’s imagery explodes in energetic lines and sharp contrasting colors whose chaotic state belies their delicately structured engineering. A narrative unfolds instantly, like a flashbulb going off, as the eye catches a fleeting glimpse of an uncharted cosmic-cybernetic existence. He states, “The effect I want to achieve is one that has the viewer suspended in that moment following the path of their eye, discovering detailed bits of information and making connections in free-form fashion.” Included in this exhibition is his “tape paintings” series in which the tape is laid down to block off areas, using color and line to construct a three-dimensional architectural space. While the act of placing the tape may allude to a sense of methodical forethought, Schimmel does not approach a work with a preconceived direction; it is intuitive and fresh. Considering the vast potentials (and dangers) of technology, Schimmel’s works are a meditation on these divergent possibilities produced through a seemingly unsystematic yet complexly emergent combination of line, color and scale.
Dan Schimmel was born in Saint Louis in 1964 and grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, where he lives today, tending a garden and combing the stream banks not far from his childhood home. He received a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from University of Iowa. From 2000-2009 Dan Schimmel directed the Esther Klein Gallery at the University City Science Center. In 2010 he co-founded and became the director of Breadboard, a hybrid program at the Science Center that explores emergent contemporary art trends and intersections between art, technology and science.
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