Historical contexts often breathe life into contemporary movements. By tracing factors like patterns of displacement, distributions of wealth, and growths of industry, we may come to a better understanding of our current conditions. Schooler’s most recent work draws inspiration from the evolution of the city and how these changes and processes affects the city dwellers. The city is both a calculated, structural machine as well as an imbalanced, constantly changing variable. The city dwellers are both the impetus to the evolution as well as the victims to growth, decay, and obsolescence. Schooler’s installations, sculptures, videos, and performances place the viewers in such a position that they can see both a micro-view of their contemporary time and a macro-view of a time past. It is in this position that viewers can begin drawing connections to their own personal narratives and come to a better understanding of their role within the metropolis.
Installation view from P^LIS, Churchman-Fehsenfeld Gallery, Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN, June 13, 2014 – August 3, 2014. Photo: Lisa K. Fett 2014.