de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART is pleased to present “you i i i everything else” an immersive, collaborative body of work by artists Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger.
The artists exploit the original function of the gallery building, a modest bungalow, and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times.
Furniture pieces are functional, but off-kilter. Household features and technology are ersatz and jerry-rigged. A computer has a keyboard made of acrostic gemstones, and a fireplace is actually a painting, the canvas leaning against the site of a walled-over functional counterpart. On the walls, large expressive paintings depict shadowy scenarios.
For “you i i i everything else” both artists worked on each piece of art, sometimes painting side by side on the same canvas. Both approach their individual practices by marshaling information from a vast array of historical and intellectual subjects. Human behavioral science, psychological theory, geo-political power structures, scientific and technological experiments, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore.
“you i i i everything else” is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with text written by art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
Photos by Colin Doyle