Le Salon 2019
Notions of culture, beauty, and perception collide at Snap! Orlando’s annual showcase of international and regional artists. The exhibition provides viewers with a unique opportunity to revisit past exhibitions while discovering new works.
Works by Roger Ballen, Shawn Theodore, Casper Faassen, Mark Gmehling, Tom Chambers, Helaine Schneider, Nicolas Senegas, Chris Robb, David Kretschmer, Gabe Cortese, Kelly Ladd, and many more…
Born in 1983 in East-Berlin, David Kretschmer and his parents fled from the communistic system in the GDR in 1989 just months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. They settled down in the south of Germany. After an apprenticeship in photography, Kretschmer moved to Amsterdam to assist famed Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf. David currently lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany where he is running his own studio, producing art- and commissioned work. He is represented by Amstel Gallery.
Faassen (1975) is a painter and photographer who lives and works in Leiden, The Netherlands. Since 2002, Casper has been gaining a very fast and broad recognition through his solo and group exhibitions in galleries and art fairs. In 2003, he came in second to Corneille in the Dutch Artist of the Year Election. In 2007, he was awarded Talent of the Year in that same competition. His works have been exhibited in many solo exhibitions, group shows and art fairs in Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Hong Kong, New York and Chicago. In addition to many private and corporate collections, Casper’s work is included in some public collections such as the Royal Library in The Hague.
Born in 1994 in Key West, Florida, Gabe Cortese is a Figurative painter and photographer. Interested in human sexuality and gay culture, his figures occupy a common psychological space of plaguing shame and exhaustion. “Vulnerability and guilt persecute my identity and serve as duality, central to my work.” ~ Gabe
Ladd is a self-taught artist who grew up in Orlando and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Liberal Studies degree with a focus in astronomy and creative writing. Due to her husband’s adverse reactions to paint, Ladd strategically found another medium for her creativity. She channels her creative process through paper – ripping, cutting and folding it into visions of her meditations, and connecting her internal thoughts onto her art pieces incorporating the great wonders of the astronomical universe through name and form.
Tom Chambers was born and raised on a farm in the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Chamber’s photomontages capture visions we often see in art and dreams but rarely in real life. Chambers’ photographs give familiar fantasies a sharp-edged realism. His work has been shown internationally through solo and group exhibits. Tom has received a variety of awards, as well as the fellowships from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Mark Gmehling is a German artist who has an elastic view on life. He makes fine art prints from 3D renderings of abstract characters and bizarre scenarios, all illustrated in a playfully fluid manner. It’s interesting to see 3D modeling being presented as fine art, which you don’t see very often. The aesthetics of each of his figures are highly polished though and resemble beautiful, glossy ceramic pieces.
Chris Robb’s work has evolved over the past 30 years into an expressionistic abstraction. His large format paintings are full of fresh energy and dynamic mark making. His work has been sought after by collectors and he has participated in group exhibitions and one man shows throughout his career. His work has been shown at universities, colleges and art centers nationwide, and are held in private and public collections throughout the US and in France. Born in Cleveland to an art teacher mother and Scottish immigrant father, Chris has lived in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and now works and resides in Winter Park, Florida.
Helaine Schneider is a figurative clay sculptor who explores the nature of human connection, specifically the importance of empathy and open communication. “My sculptures represent my perception of moments in time in my life, the duality that exists within me and my constant aim for balance.”