UrbanGlass: H Schenck - New Introductions (Opening Reception)
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.