Lucky Dip 4: Tasha Aulls & Paul Schneider
So we have made it to the final pairing of the L U C K Y D I P. The penultimate name to be drawn from the hat may have even made me pause for a sip of water – Tasha Aulls – who I could see to be a contest – a creator of foreboding jungle swathes, but as night was drawing close there was no time for sentiment and so it was Paul Schneider who was brought out and held aloft! And so the dip was done...
Truthfully, I knew no person to put to the name Paul, and for some days thought of them as Audrey II and Rick Moranis. So, finding out that he was a new recruit to the studios only fed my enthusiasm for this truly unfair fiction making, as I revelled in the contrast and narrative ‘the wild’ has always provided. Preconceptions of an
opposition were scotched by their eager correspondence and volleying of ideas, keen to make this contradiction work as it might.
Paul Schneider’s work allies itself with semiotic discoveries, often working recognisable symbols until their near exhaustion when their meaning and intention distorts. It develops a misreading of signs and those urban pragmatic things to construct new territory. Meanwhile, a territorial reading of Tasha Aulls’ paintings is also possible, as they do not represent a place or landscape but instead seem to be thrashing around in one. There is a refusal of space and air, no comforting horizon lines or way out, in an environment where everything appears to thrive except human sense.
Paul’s work in this exhibition elaborates on a potential split reading of Tasha’s, and his calm but fragmented leisure is further corrupted by the possibly threatening periphery of the other work. Their work meeting together strikes me as a dysfunctional telling of two uncontrollable realms encroaching upon one another, both naive
perhaps but neither innocent in their very different paths of progress. I very much enjoy their world where the exotic is shown with its inherent danger, and where substances have an unknowable never tamable outcome.
– A l a s t a i r F r a z e r