Bryan Schnelle | 50|50 Studies

Bryan Schnelle’s work maps out relations of power and beauty. In the geometric 50|50 Studies, re-printed images of Renaissance and Byzantine art, religious icons and leaders are cut to glossy print ads and magazine covers.

Vessels of amber colored perfume pour over parted lips and draped jewels mixing with gold leaf and the pious eyes of saints. These priceless works of art shift among the most luxurious of products in grids of hedonism and desire, objectification and deification, questioning historical standards of aesthetic aspiration, commodification and value.