Jeffrey Schrier was born December 7, 1943 (Cleveland) and considers his birth date, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a crucial factor in his development as an artist. Schrier received scholarship awards from the Cleveland Institute of Art... Read More
Jeffrey Schrier was born December 7, 1943 (Cleveland) and considers his birth date, the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a crucial factor in his development as an artist. Schrier received scholarship awards from the Cleveland Institute of Art and CALARTS, Los Angeles, BFA, 1968. At CALARTS painter Emerson Woelffer challenged Schrier to create a semester series based on a domino, triggering a career-long obsession for incorporating objects of fascination in his work. During formative years Schrier assisted archeologist William Waldren at his Mallorca, bronze-age excavation, influencing his interest in culturally significant themes. Not long after, Schrier rescued an 1879 Yiddish book, the Geduilas Yoisef from LA street trash, resulting in prolific heritage related works. His WINGS of WITNESS series are massive wing-like installation works that Schrier composes from 6 tons of can-tabs repurposed in his workshops by over 60,000 participants. The tabs were collected internationally as numerical markers for lives destroyed during the Holocaust. Project grants include Steven Speilberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation.Schrier’s studio overlooks the Hudson River, where his thematic work is strongly influenced by the cycle of tides and seasonal changes. Nature’s transience is exemplified through his continuing series, Life/Afterlife, recent oil pastel images of decomposing flowers with anthropomorphic references, drawn or painted the size of human beings. For the 2018-2019 works, Schrier combines dead flower imagery with images he mines from European medieval manuscript illumination.Schrier is also a vanguard experimenter with electrostatic, laser and digital output, resulting in widely published mixed media works, including for the music for David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello, etc., for clients such as RCA/BMG, Atlantic Music, Rolling Stone, also Psychology Today, numerous science, medical and technology publications. His experimentation with electronic mixed media is included in: Processes: The Artist and the Machine. Reflections on the Historical Media Art, 2015, by the International Museum of Electrographic Artworks-Center for Innovation in New Media Art (MEDCIANT), the University of Castille, Cuenca, Spain; The International Museum of Photography, Rochester NY; Pratt Graphics Center NYC.Visibility:September 2018-June 2019. For Climate Change: Facing Hope and Challenge. River Demons, assemblage and drawing. Dr. Bernard Heller Museum, NYC. Curator, Laura Kruger.March 2018. SIGNS and WONDERS, 100 Haggadah Masterpieces, Toby Press, Jerusalem. Two works included: 700 year survey of interpretations of the Passover story. Editor, Dr. Adam S. Cohen. Endorsement, Daniel H. Weiss, President, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.
October, 2017- August 2022. Installation, Eli M. Black Lifelong Learning Center, NYC. Benediction, montage. Included in 3rd century to contemporary renditions of biblical texts. October 10, 2017 – February 10, 2018. Give Us The Vote. Tilt, Crippling Liberty. Assemblage, commissioned by Arts Westchester: Curator, Kathleen Reckling.
June 2017. ARC. Assemblage. Permanent installation, atrium, ARC of Westchester, Hawthorne, NY. Assembled from reconfigured recyclables produced in workshops, Art Partners Challenge Grant, Arts Westchester. September 8, 2016 - June 2017. For Paint by Numbers: Gasukiiah; Wings for Warsaw; and Benediction, at Museum of Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, NYC. Curator, Laura Kruger. June, 2016. Poéticas de lo Múltiple"/Art and Social Justice Black and White, Selma, 1965, laser montage. As guest artist, MIDE, the Museum Internacional de Electrografia @ Universidad de Castilla, Cuenca, Spain, sponsor, UNESCO. Curator, Beatrix Escobar. September 2013-December 2014. Art at the Core, Unfinished Flight/WINGS of WITNESS, assemblage at Hudson Valley MoCA (Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art), Peekskill NY. Curator, Livia Straus. November 2014. Waldsee 1944. Global Education Center, Montclair State University, NJ; Also 2012, Budapest Art Market, Millenaris Park, Budapest; 2005-2006, HUCJIR Museum NYC; 2005, Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin; 2004, 2b Gallerie, Budapest. September 2011: For Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review. Elvis Costello, collage with laser printing. Curator, Steven Charny, Senior Art Dir. Rolling Stone. The Museum of American Illustration, NYC November 2010 – March 2011. WrecKtify, Solo. Mixed media paintings: creation myth across numerous cultures. Curator, Wilfredo Morel. H-ART Gallery/ Peekskill, NY 2005: Serif Serafim, solo, cut and polychrome steel works. Sculpture garden, Yeshiva University Museum, NYC May, 2005. WINGS of WITNESS: solo installation, spanning sculpture garden, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, curator, Neil Watson. Eight previous site specific installations: www.wingsofwitness.org
Additional activity: “Biography” at jeffreyschrier.org