Ann Schaumburger
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
LIC Art Center - Studio# 310
44-02 23rd Street


Artist Bio:
Ann Schaumburger has shown extensively in New York City and internationally. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at the New York Public Library; The Museum of American Illustration, New York, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Cit?? Internationale des Arts, Paris, France; PS1 in Long Island City, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; and Hillwood Art Museum, Brookville, NY. Schaumburger has completed several public commissions, most notably Urban Oasis, seventeen mosaic friezes permanently installed at the Fifth Avenue/59th Street subway station for the New York City MTA Arts and Design Program. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including residencies at Cit?? Internationale des Arts Paris, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Centre d'Art i Natura in Spain, Brisons Veor in England, and the Ossabaw Island Project, Savannah, Georgia.

Artist Statement:
"Colors present themselves in continuous flux, constantly related to changing neighbors and changing conditions."
Josef Albers, Interaction of Color

I am always testing new color relationships. Seeing what happens at the edges when two colors meet gives me great pleasure.

I use the bare-bones structure of a house as scaffolding for my color investigations. The house form is at once iconic and open-ended. The primitive nature of the shape allows me to use it abstractly, breaking up color by working in blocks of four. I play with variation in the amount, repetition, and placement of color to see their effects. I am always solving an aesthetic problem with my color choices.

Although the house remains a constant in my work, I play with it over time. I recently learned that Henry David Thoreau's family purchased a house only to put it on wheels and move it from one part of Concord, Massachusetts to another. So now I have put my own houses on wheels. The idea of taking a solid house, attached to the ground, and letting it roll away seems both comical and deeply suggestive of our times.

All images and text copyright Ann Schaumburger