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Zoe Pettijohn Schade

Zoe Pettijohn Schade’s densely researched, seductively beautiful drawings and paintings of varying size explore the scientific, art historical, and philosophical aspects of pattern. Her lifelong repertoire of work rests on the premise that the pursuit of form, repetition, organization, and its arrangements are as vitally important and determining as the finality of the image itself.

Pettijohn Schade studied at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, NY in 1995. In 2012-13, she traveled to France on a Fulbright U.S. Research Scholars Grant to work with a collection of 18th century textile paintings, many completed by anonymous women laborers. The title of her third solo exhibition at Kai Matsumiya Gallery, The Hard Problem, on view until June 17, refers to the question of how physical matter gives rise to consciousness. Recent exhibitions include Our Secret Fire at Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY; Less is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design, curated by Jenelle Porter, Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; and deCordova New England Biennial 2019, curated by Sarah Monstross, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.

Zoe Pettijohn Schade Mirrored Pyramid, 2021 gouache with dyed silver leaf on paper 10½ x 10½ in. 26.67 x 26.67 cm.
Zoe Pettijohn Schade Attempts at Self-Organization 7, 2020 gouache with dyed silver leaf, oxidized silver leaf, composite leaf on paper 19 x 13¾ in. 48.26 x 34.92 cm.
Zoe Pettijohn Schade, Attempts At Self Organization 8, 2021, Gouache with dyed silver leaf, toned aluminum leaf, copper leaf, gold leaf, and palladium leaf on paper, 22¼ x 18⅛ in. 56.52 x 46.04 cm.
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  1. […] Zoe Pettijohn Schade spoke to us about her show, The Hard Problem, running through June June 17 at Kai Matsumiya. The exhibition features her series of works titled Attempts at Self-Organization. The term “the hard problem” was coined by David Chalmers in his book, The Conscious Mind, referring to how physical matter can give rise to consciousness. The series title deals with this problem, asking how matter takes up form and how pattern becomes established. To hear more, listen to the complete interview. […]


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