Jovi Schnell's colorful wall works, paintings, and cut-outs are committed to the poetic and metaphorical realms where the forms and implied systems fuse into a graphical language that expresses multiplicity, paradox, and similitude. A dose of hope and a dry sense of humor hang in balance between ambiguous logic, notions of progress, and the great unknown; these attempts evoke the psychological landscape of the modern world.
Schnell's work has been exhibited in many galleries and institutions, including the Stedelijk Bureau Museum in Amsterdam; the Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA; The Brooklyn Museum, PS1, The Drawing Center, NY, Derek Eller Gallery, NY, Gregory Lind Gallery, and the Luggage Store gallery in San Francisco.
Her work has received reviews in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Flash Art, Art in America, and Art on Paper.
Jovi received her BFA from the San Francisco Institute in 92'; upon completion she received a two-year studio fellowship at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, NL. In 95' she attended the Skowhegan School and in 2002 she received the Pollack-Krasner Award for painting. She lives and works in San Francisco and has served as a visiting lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley and is Adjunct Faculty at the California College of the Arts. In 2010 she completed her first public art commission creating work defining a new public plaza in the SOMA district of San Francisco. In 2011 she received another public commission to create work for an upcoming skate park slated for installation in June 2012 in San Francisco.
Adjunct Professor, Painting Drawing