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1000 WORDS: MAX HOOPER SCHNEIDER

Concept rendering for Max Hooper Schneider’s untitled abandoned-shopping-mall project (work in progress), 2015.

A SINK with a grim provenance—salvaged from a morgue—is filled to the brim with turquoise water that disguises the school of fish within; snails crawl inside an old-timey popcorn cart: Max Hooper Schneider has become known for artworks that fuse natural ecosystems with unlikely readymades, resulting in uncanny, otherworldly habitats. Hooper Schneider’s ephemera, including dishwashers, a porcelain birthday cake, and a coffin, become host sites for invasive species whose mere presence reminds us that no matter how hermetic our online, mostly indoor lives might seem, we can’t seal ourselves off completely.

Trained in landscape architecture, Hooper Schneider applies his knowledge of various scientific fields to his goal of creating strange ecologies that seem both of and not of our earthly environment. This summary may call forth the work of artists such as Pierre Huyghe and Anicka

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