when nature and normality run out of control

Untitled (white), 2007

Owen Schmit only claims responsibility for his initial actions with his paintings and electroluminescent wire sculptures; eventually he loses control over his artwork and the pieces create themselves. He likens his creative process to humankind’s “interferences” with nature—every human action leaves a permanent mark on the earth but the planet evolves and reacts organically, forming its own consequences. Likewise, Schmit shapes his electroluminescent wires into sculptures, but attributes the light they cast on their environments and the overall visual effect to the materials themselves. These ‘consequences’ also serve as his inspiration. Abnormalities created by artificial constructions and pollution appear otherworldly to Schmit and render damage and beautification to indistinguishable processes.

Untitled (pink), 2007

With the electroluminescent wire sculptures, their alien neon glow a pillar of artificiality, Schmit aims to “stage an extraordinary, transcendental experience of a space ordinarily expected to appear 'normal’.” The pieces depend on their surroundings both literally, as the room’s walls and beams support them, and artistically, as they are crucial to their final appearance. “The ultimate form of each installation answers only to its location, and never repeats another's appearance or presence,” Schmit has explained. “The outcome is somewhat unpredictable.”

Schmit was born in 1984. He lives and works in Los Angeles.


Untitled (Blue), 2009

Owen Schmit: Footprints On Air (Painting and Sculpture)
August 1 - September 8, 2009

Frank Pictures Gallery
/ Bergamot Station Gallery A-5
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica California 90404

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 2nd
, 6:30-9:30 PM

Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:30 pm

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