Gary Schneider’s Handprint portraits

Basil Jones, 2011                                        Adrian Kohler, 2011
127 x 101.6 cm                                           127 x 101.6 cm
Edition of 5                                                   Edition of 5

“I have made handprint-portraits since 1993. I consider them to be as expressive as any portrait of a face, more private, and possibly more revealing. I borrow the handprint form from the caves at Lascaux (the earliest know example of self-identification). It’s an icon present in every religion. I also borrow from the 19th century spirit photography (scientific investigation), stop signs, wet paint signs, and children in art classes everywhere making handprints as self-identification. The photographs in this book are made without a camera and are the preservation of the subjects’ sweat and heat into the film emulsion. The process of negative imprint-making I borrow from The Shroud of Turin, Marcel Duchamp’s Female Fig Leaf, Yves Klein’s Body Prints, and Jasper Johns’s Studies for Skin.” – Gary Schneider, 2010.

Gary Schneider will be in South Africa exhibiting at David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, during August. During this time he will be working on series of South African handprints. Above are the prints of Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of Handspring Puppet Company.