"Inside, visitors confront alone an unnerving parallel universe, peopled by pairs of identical twins, with hints that something appalling has happened somewhere between the child gate barring the attic door and the bare mattress in the hidden cellar.German installation artist Gregor Schneider, has brought his work to the UK, and is exhibiting in the East End of London.
Die Familie Schneider is the first creation in Britain by a man with few challengers as the creepiest artist working today. For 20 years Schneider has been dismantling and rebuilding his parents' former home in Germany - the house of his own child hood - as a sinister warren of false rooms, tunnels, pits and dead ends. When he recreated the house at the Venice Biennale he won the Golden Lion for sculpture, and when Artangel invited him to make a piece in Britain he agreed."
I saw a documentary on him and his house sometime last year...and as far as I'm concerned, at least, he's perfected the ability to re-create a childhood home's atmosphere. It's both wonderful, and chilling, all at the same time. Whilst the years we spend growing up can often be vibrant and amazing, we also catch glimpses of the adult world - the porno video on the top of the wardrobe, a dead grandparent, domestic violence. Find someone that hasn't, and you'll find a social outcast. Find someone who's had too much, and you'll find a social outcast. Schneider, in his completely dysfunctional obsessive way, is shit hot at pushing that realisation out into the world. He's an extremely valuable artist.