Library Street Collective’s latest iteration of Alliance features the work of Ryan Schneider, with proceeds directed to the Choose Love Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser. The featured artwork is a hand-painted unique monoprint made from chainsaw cut woodblocks by Farrington Press, titled Hungry Ghosts 2. With Hungry Ghosts 2, we watch Schneider continue his experimentation with sculpture as he uses his chainsaw to carve organic patterns into cedar blocks of wood, introducing to his practice a new way of applying paint to a two-dimensional surface. Loosely inspired by Japanese woodblock prints and the “Hannya Mask” of the Japanese theater, the work on paper touches on the Buddhist concept of the “Hungry Ghost,” a soul that can never be satisfied with what they have. This idea of constant consumption yet never feeling full is a theme present in Schneider’s own life and the lives of many others.
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Hungry Ghosts 2, 2021
Hand-painted unique monoprint made from chainsaw cut woodblocks and oil pigments by Farrington Press. Framed in natural wood.
Artwork dimensions: 40h x 30w in
Framed dimensions: 43.5h x 33w in
As the Putin-led military invasion in Ukraine escalates, millions of people are facing a serious humanitarian crisis and are in need of urgent assistance with increased fears of forced displacement arising. The Choose Love Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser stands with people in and fleeing Ukraine during this devastating moment in history. With the donations received, the Choose Love Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser is supporting projects that are providing vital aid and services to those still in and fleeing the country, including: emergency medical care, food, shelter, clothes, legal support, support for the LGBTQIA+ community and mental health support.
“It’s easy to feel helpless in moments like this, but we ask you to respond with love in the face of such calculated and cruel aggression. Putin’s invasion is not just an attack on Ukraine. It is an attack on freedom, truth, democracy and humanity. ”
— Choose Love Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser
Joshua Tree-based artist Ryan Schneider experiments with high-contrast oil pigments and wood in his hand-carved sculptures. Says Schneider: I make sculptures out of wood using chainsaws, chisels, paint, and other tools. I do not intend anything too specific as I work, but rather allow the particular piece of wood to dictate to me what it wants to be. I am more of a steward, bringing out its true form. I take inspiration from the landscapes, animals, rock formations, and flora I interface with directly in my outdoor studio. I employ the foundational tools of my painting practice in my approach to sculptural forms.