Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 7th from 6-8 PM with an artist talk at 5:45 PM.
As an interdisciplinary artist, Schenck’s practice is rooted in the reclamation of found objects and pushing the limits of art canon methodologies. His sculptures, composed of materials collected from various regions within the United States, embody the bridged experiences of an agricultural history and city roots. The work has a material forward approach, relying on the object or substance to have a position in its ultimate transformation. The newly formed objects present various narratives, ranging from community-building relationships, representations of positive masculinity, and material exploration. This re-contextual adaptation parallels Schenck’s navigation of society as a trans man, asserting a constructed male representation, informed by a feminine conditioning within a male-dominated culture. He uses his work as a gateway, or a bridge, encouraging the audience to approach the proverbial curtain and look behind it, to question our preconceptions of value, worth, and place.
H Schenck is an artist who utilizes found and discarded materials to create works demonstrative of challenging societal values and a reclaimed identity. He currently works as an Instructional Specialist and is an ArTT fellow for Columbia College Chicago. Schenck also holds the position of Exhibitions Manager for Comfort Station, a multidisciplinary nonprofit art space. Before moving to Chicago, Schenck worked as the Program Supervisor and Printshop Coordinator at Pilchuck Glass School and completed the EAIR Residency. H Schenck was a member of ARTBEEFART, an artist curatorial group that organized exhibitions for the space, BEEFHAUS. Schenck previously held the title Vice President and Contemporary Art Dealers Dallas Representative at 500X Gallery. He has been awarded funding by the Dallas Museum of Art and MAC Dallas for his partnered social project, Mud Campaign. His work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and internationally at the 2nd Berlin Bercher Triennial in Berlin, Germany. Schenck earned an MFA in Intermedia at the University of Texas, Arlington and a BFA in Printmaking from Bradley University.