The title of Schneider’s work, The Large Glass, alludes both to this museum’s large glass window, for which it was specifically designed, and to Marcel Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) (1915-1923). Like Duchamp’s enigmatic iconic work made of unconventional materials such as lead foil and lead wire, Schneider’s work is constructed from materials more often associated with domestic and religious environments: fringed curtains, fringes, artificial hair and even peacock feathers.
Schneider takes those mass-produced ornaments meant to embellish people and furniture and literally strips them of their original function. Their cheapness is made evident when taken out of context. On the other hand, these materials serve as the media through which the artist designs a soft drawing in space, subject to the laws of gravity.