Creativity turned inside out

By GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2014


The botanical-ish ones radiate an intensely pleasurable sultry come-on, like the sexiness of flowers or femme fatales or vampires. Snyder’s wood and rawhide sculptures had mainly been handsome, sedate, earth-toned things, but now he coats his pieces with luscious, candy-bright, sparkling automotive-style paint.

“It’s a mesmerizing surface,” he says. “You can get a lot of depth from it. It makes the surface illusory.”

The result is the shimmering, bubbling pool in his sculpture FinalFreeze. A little dead blue tree sits on top of the ooze, which curdles from emerald green to red-black as if by an evil spell. Or like chameleons or changelings or the shape-shifting nanomorphic T-1000 from Terminator 2. Or those marine creatures that dazzle their prey. They tempt you, lure you close, to get their fangs into you.

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