Roni Shneior: Place in the sun was the first solo exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Roni Shneior at a non-profit arts space in the United States. The exhibition presented a new body of paintings, sculptures, and ceramics within a site-specific installation conceived by the artist.
With a nod towards Bay Area Funk of the late 1950s and 60s, Shneior’s sculptures teeter between the absurd, the erotic, and the eccentric. Shneior approaches painting as she does her ceramic and sculptural work, often building out her surfaces over time to create highly impastoed renderings of trees, bushes, and cacti found in and around Southern California. In their organic, anthropomorphic treatment, Shneior’s Trumpet Trees (Brugmansia), Bottlebrushes (Callistemon), and Agave plants extend the artist’s playful if irreverent approach to representation. Both the paintings and sculptures are based on an intuitive method of art making, one influenced by the personal and lived realities of life lived in a foreign city.