|On George Schneeman
by Peter Schjeldahl
The art, craft, and design of George Schneeman are all of a piece, as
if these disciplines had never been opposed, hierarchicalized, and otherwise
split off from the flow of life.
The light, slightly roughed-up sensuousness of his approach to everything
and the homey frugality of his means have a common sense so uncommon
His work is good in the sense of good quality and also in the sense
of goodness, a humanly right relation of parts to wholesfrom the
way a nail goes in or a plate is fired or paint gets stroked to the
way a whole life is inhabited, as an Italian peasant or other type of
natural aristocrat would understand.
Its about pleasure as a habit, modesty as toughness, beauty as
sanity, and a serene confounding of love and work. I have Schneeman
pictures, ceramics, and furniture in my apartment; they make it a better
and somehow a truer place as if to say, Stop you worrying and
go make us some coffee.
Whatever he touches emits, ever after, a quiet surprise.