upcoming exhibition




Aligning

Mei Mei (Marta Corada), Judith Mullen, 

Zelene Jiang Schlosberg, Nathalie Rey, and Russell Jakubowski


open from 3pm on 5th November until 11th November, 5pm

private view by appointment only

5 November 2021, 6pm

 please register for private view via info@woldtgallery.com


venue
Dora House, 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
108 Old Brompton Rd 
London SW7 3RA, United Kingdom


Past Exhibitions

from December 2020

In Conversation 


On the occasion of the solo exhibition with the WOLDT GALLERY, London, the artist Zelene Jiang Schlosberg holds a conversation with the gallery owner and art historian Dr. Isabella Woldt about, why the artist experienced the need to make the installation colourful and what does "Fake" mean. 

ZELENE JIANG SCHLOSBERG

Air's Chamber

16 June - 19 July 2021
online exhibition, opening 7 pm 
extended until 10 August 2021


Fake, thread, canvas, wire, beads, acrylic, paper collage, 42x38x7.6cm, 2020

Special Event

dialogue performance with the oboist

Andrew Nogal

art-music performance video available on request

24 June 2021, 7 pm  

opening night of

Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, London



The exhibition 


The exhibition launches Zelene Schlosberg's newest artworks from 2020 and 2021. The artist expresses her response to the global pandemic crisis and exposes it in a new light regarding the perception of space, narratives, colour and figuration, but the music and implementation of the line as motive and material are still important references. The exhibition will be part of the Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, London, a festival for art and culture in the busy metropole.

Hint, acrylic and thread on canvas, 122x152,5x3.8 cm, 2014-2015



Going without saying, thread, canvas and nail, 28x25x6.35 cm, 2020

ZELENE JIANG SCHLOSBERG is a Chinese-born artist,  living and working with her partner Daniel, a pianist, in Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include North Central College (IL), East Central College (MO) and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Another upcoming solo exhibition will be at the Chinese American Arts Council Gallery (NYC) in late 2021. Participants of numerous groups shows include in CICA Art Museum Korea. Her painting "Directions #0" was featured on the cover of composer John Liberatore's 2018 debut CD album, "Line Drawings" (Albany Records). Her works can also be seen in Artist Talk Magazine (UK), Studio Visit (U.S.) and Art Market Magazine (Israel).

Zelene's work brings the viewer the silent but palpable experience of being between forms.

A constant preoccupation in her art is classical music, specifically contemporary art music of the last 30 years. The stylistic plurality of both the art and music worlds has caused Zelene to both to extend and to edit her own practice. The concept of rhythm is a notion that haunts her, and hopefully comes across, however tangentially, in her visual art.

Some unusual techniques she employs include cutting, wrapping, stitching, and crocheting. Holes in panels, pieces of rice paper, simple nails, dangling stones and the canvas itself are time-honoured techniques and materials that function not ornamentally but rather centrally in addressing issues of objecthood, of transience, as well as the powerful aesthetics of fragility. This fragility can be manifested in woven pouches, sometimes dangling precariously off the canvas, and nails jutting from every which way.

In her earlier artworks, Schlosberg focused on the line and its aesthetic abilities. As for example in the series Between/Line.

Line have the ability to meander, and this directional ambivalence is central to this series. The use of thread, a textile lacking in textural confidence, also helps to create a state of unknowing, of asking questions more than answering them. (...) 

Lines are creating a deep sense of space a quasi architectural meaning, a necessary component of reflection and meditation says the artist. 

AIR'S CHAMBER

In this challenging period of recent history, air quality and air particles have taken on grave importance. After one year's isolation, artist Zelene Jiang Schlosberg has created hybrid works that dangle precipitously between painting and sculpture, with attention to line and architecture always present. In this series of 12 works, Schlosberg highlights in a rather acute fashion some important themes from the Era of Covid: silhouettes of lungs, figures in an oxygen tank, lines of movement, extensive holes and indescribable patterns. In all, a general sense of anxiety pervades - the canvases have been harmed, after all, even if an optimistic colour palette is trying to maintain a brave face. An array of techniques (stitching, embroidery, script) are employed in the service of materials including beads, paper and wire. A multiplicity of textures, combined with three-dimensional tendencies, help make the role of natural light central to interpretation. Amorphous shapes emerge, rearrange, and suspend themselves, complicating the sense of dimensionality.

Ligament, canvas, acrylic, thread, 102x102x6.35cm, 2021

As in a dream, the emotional dimension of colour stimulates an intuitive response. Zelene has created labyrinthine narratives of abstract, figurative and mystical configurations in a world that is simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar.

Facing the pandemic in this real world, with unexpected developments and an invisible enemy for the people, the artist specifically engages the human world, the surreal world of creative thinking and making, reacting to the uncertainty of time that suddenly overlays the world.

When the comfortable real world becomes unfamiliar, the artist travels into the realm of the subconscious and comes up with characters that have been forgotten. They now populate the space of installations, resting in the floral structures or new architectural spaces of the cut screens and guard us.

Surreal landscapes emerge in which the collaged photography is the target of the female figures - nevertheless, they seem to belong to different worlds, something like when one turns to the space that is within the virtual world, space understood rather algorithmically, not bodily. 

Irrelevant, canvas, acrylic, paper collage, 51x51x6.35cm, 2020 

Moving away from the thread and textile, mainly in white and natural colours, she has been exploring for several years and which continue in "Askew" or "Four Seasons" made in 2020, Zelene now explores bright colouring and abstract geometrical forms, as shown in "Irrelevant" or "Misunderstanding". The Installation contains the titles as keywords that help clarify and express uncertainty, while in 2021, the artist starts to intensify her narratives by introducing figurative structures in her art practice. Unknown figures, some kind of devils, which breath in the whole air, filling or emptying bottles; snakes, which appear suddenly on the road; females and sitting males meditate, connecting the viewer.

Misunderstanding, canvas, acrylic, paper collage, 50x53x5cm, 2020

Hidden thoughts, cut canvases, colouring, collage, photography as a relation, drawing as a dialogue partner, moving from an individual frame, diptych like white, clear thread and textile to the installation of four, approaching space and time, words and questioning the stability, the non-figural and geometric forms transform into figurative narratives, telling a new story - the artist's answer to the inner and outer experience of facing a global pandemic.

superimpose the space


Testament, canvas, acrylic, thread, 61x61x6.35cm, 2021

Askew, thread, canvas, nail and ink, 56x53x7cm, 2020

Air's chamber is not just space - in Zelene's art, space is transformed into an aesthetic play with the air that passes the musical instruments to evoke the sound that expands in time to create space.

Each canvas is a slice of time. I arrange the canvases one by one and stack them up. In my dream, each canvas is a cut tone. I pile up the stones and I go to build a temple. In my dream, each canvas is a musical instrument. I gather them together to compose chamber music. The cut canvases are three-dimensional, and one superimposed, the three-dimensional space they occupy continues to expand, upwards and upwards. I thought I was superimposing time and space, but that was a dream. If time and space can really overlap, then I will travel through the past, present and future. Then I can see my ancestors in the past and travel to the space station in the future.

 dialogue performance

As music plays a decisive role in Zelene's artistic life, during the exhibition, she will examine the general state of mind in an intermedial dialogue with Andrew Nogal. The oboist is internationally known for exploring the boundaries of the music with his instrument. In a special event hosted during the exhibition, he will join Schlosberg for a spontaneous, collaborative performance on 

Thursday, 24 June 2021, 7 pm 

at the opening night for London, Kensington and Chelsea Art Week

   Andrew Nogal

is an acclaimed orchestral performer, chamber musician, and interpreter of contemporary music. He is a longtime member of Ensemble Dal Niente, has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, CSO MusicNOW, Talea Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound. His festival appearances include June in Buffalo, Ravinia, and the NY Phil Biennial. He is a member of the Grossman Ensemble at the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition. Recent international engagements include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival. An alumnus of the Lucerne Festival Academy, Nogal won first prize at the Fischoff Competition and the Kranichstein Music Prize at the Darmstadt Summer Courses.

mode of expression

Go through a dark aisle. First, the head, then the body. The umbilical cord is connected to the mother. The midwife picked up the scissors and cut the umbilical cord. The baby broke away from the mother's body, swimming, and began the adventure in the world.

- A fragment from an unfinished novel


IW<I thought that you were collaging the canvases when each part is coloured, but you prepare each part of the particular installation in natural colour and then colour them when all parts are already assembled...

ZJS>The process is to cut each canvas and finish cutting all canvases (for instance there are 8 canvases... of one work than colour each (using a very flat technique), then to stack there 8 canvas up and down and side by side, to collage these canvases as one work. For some, there are two layers of cut canvases to emphasize the three dimensional of the work so that the lighting can go into the body and go into the inside of the work.

IW<There are some motives in your works which I need to identify. They look like cut-off from photographs, and some are drawn...


ZJS>Yes, some has a drawing, while others have photographs cutting off from books, just like citing historical text and images.

IW<I also want to know, why you produce the installation of four parts, is there any argument or reason to do that?


ZJS>I think I use these canvases as bricks and stack and position them together. I think I am inspired by architecture, essentially the idea of positioning things together, or think this way, a chamber concert usually uses different music instruments, for me, these canvases work like different instruments, ...I am composing...By using the technique I am doing, I am able to complicate the image and space. The city life is a multitube and the life is complex. I hope my work resonates with our time zeitgeist, and to record our time and life experience.

IW<Do the specific colours have a particular meaning for you?


ZJS>For those works that are mostly in white, I intend to inspire a soothing feeling, almost zen-like. For colourful works, I try to use intense, saturated colours, the intention is to be striking, almost morbid, I try to make them NOT harmonious, given the year that has transpired.

Tendon, canvas, acrylic, thread, 61x61x6.35cm, 2021

to cut is to create

The creative process that the artist evokes in cutting canvas in her earlier series constitutes the expression of being harmed by the pandemic through making holes almost obsessively. To cut the canvas transforms her emotional experience into the movement of the scissors and creates indefinite organic forms and architectural spaces, where her figures, which she elevates from the surreal world, find their place in an uncertain reality.

Cutting occupies a central position in my art. A stretched canvas is no longer a supporting surface for paint, instead, I return canvas to its original function, a piece of cloth, more precisely, a piece of cloth covering a wooden foundation. Cutting pierces this three-dimensional space, hidden until now. The texture of the wood becomes exposed. This way of cutting, brings the shape of the person, the body, the line, and the nature the object to the surface. Shearing is the beginning of creation. 

Objet, wire, thread, canvas, beads, organza and shredded paper, 27x49x5cm, 2020

silhouette

The act of cutting canvas manifests immediately and intimately. The momentum of the blade, as a gesture, translates to direct emotion. I see the gestures in my work breathe, run, struggle, fly, halt, and escape. I apply colors flatly to create a sense of silhouette. As nature's light goes in, shadows are cost on the wall. Between the tension and illusion of real and unreal, the canvas feels reminiscent of memories, of yearning and blurry screams. 

Four Seasons, thread, canvas, nail and beads, 61x53x5cm, 2020

please step into the virtual viewing room for a tour of the exhibition

Lockdown Toy No. 2, The Good Ship, perspex and stainless steel, 2020

Russell Jakubowski

Toys

21 February - extended till 30 March 2021 


in Conversation with Russell Jakubowski



Lockdown Toy No. 1, perspex and stainless steel, 41x24x12cm, 2020

For many years Russell has been interested in the connections and relationships between human processes on a psychological level, and interpersonal connections on a social level. There are structures in his artistic practice that physically visualize these connections in individuals and between people. Even the wall-mounted works made of PVC in 2012 underline precisely these aspects. Geometric forms and designs become representations of systems we are a part of. They appear as networks that are constantly being supplied with new content and information from perception, experience, and reflection.

Russell conducts his artistic investigation of the circumstances through a meticulous examination of the material and its technical possibilities. He chose PVC, perspex, and acrylic because here he can control and finish the material through targeted cuts and modeling. The artistic practice results in artworks characterized by exceptionally patient precision and attention to detail.


Russell provides more detailed explanations of these Toys, as he calls these sculptures, in the short videos, where some explanations of the artistic creation process are given by the artist himself. 

Dr.phil. Isabella Woldt 

Russell Jakubowski

Russell is an English artist, who lives and works in Surrey, near London. He has been joining the gallery since 2018. He works mainly as a sculptor, and his artistic practice encompasses artworks made in wood, steel, acrylic, perplex, and mixed-media incl. videos and digital. 

Lockdown Toy No. 2, The Good Ship, perspex and stainless steel, 36x31,5x13cm, 2020

Void


Here in Tracker and Resistance Is Not Futile Russell underlines the connecting elements in these relationships. The way they are organized together and where connections are created are made manifest by empty or missing spaces.

These forms are visualizations of thoughts that disappear at some point in the memory or the subconscious, or like people that suddenly appear in our life, whom we integrate into our system, finely or loosely, but who could also disappear again and again, and do so. Then there is a trace of memory that emerges as a moment on a connecting line in a network, where empty space locates the missing content and could refer to a struggle. 

Tracker, PVC, cut by hand, wall-mounted, 88x65x0,5cm, 2012


These artworks concern the struggle to organize or contain something. The void spaces represent a missing part of the structure that may have acted as a restraint. As these elements are indeed 'missing' the flowing mass might be seen to be free to flow on. Resistance is Not Futile was exhibited with a brief narrative:

"If your efforts come to nothing, you will at least leave a space where you were".

Resistance is Not Futile, PVC, cut by hand, wall-mounted, 110x71x0,5cm, 2012

Profiles

The red orbital trace-shapes in Red Orbits oscillate around a hard core, a spin, where they are anchored. They revolve around the core, as the thought revolves around an idea, as we humans revolve around our networks, around our task, or within structurally organized systems. The position of the 'leaves' can always be put in a new position, which veins through the entire composition. You could potentially also add more sheets and let them circle with the existing ones. But they remain in orderly systems.

Red Orbits, acrylic and stainless steel - 25 x 19cm (approximately) - December 2018, Edition of 4


A way of looking at this is like an axis of time extending from top to bottom through the assembled layers with effort described on a lateral plane extending away from it. Like a three-dimensional graph. Viewed as a whole this can be seen as a snapshot of efforts through time, with everything else stripped away so that only a skeleton of activity remains.

Red Orbits, Angel 1, acrylic and stainless steel, 12x10x9cm, 2019

Made from numerous individual acrylic components – some of these compositions consist of more than 100, and held in place by stainless steel rods. – Imagined profiles of energetic orbital paths are arranged from one end to the other. Each one is asymmetrical, varies in distance from the centre, and returns to a tight curve around the core. 


Red Orbits, Angel 2, acrylic and stainless seel, 12x10x9cm, 2019 


The core gathers up and anchors these red trajectory forms into a column of imaginary traces of effort and activity.

Toys

And then, in Russell's Lockdown Toys - produced during the pandemic (2020 / 2021) we see a completely different system and interconnections. Made from strongly coloured opaque acrylic he presents fundamentally changed structures that result from the experiences and perceptions of the pandemic time. The colorful parts stick closely together, they could move, but the movements and shifts are suddenly no longer as ordered as they were. The systems must come to a standstill or they break.

Lockdown Toy No. 3Voices On The Airwaves, perspex and stainless steel, 26x22,5x16,5cm, 2020


"In March 2020 we entered into a state of Lockdown. The multifarious components of this sculpture are a mechanical representation of us as individuals and organisations and the connection we have with one another as part of society. In this work, each component is unable to advance independently. Bound together, increasingly aware of the need for financial lubrication, and trapped aboard our lifeboat we are stationary but moving through time. The Good Ship shepherds us towards vaccination and the promise of a more gregarious future."

Lockdown Toy No. 4, The Cavalry, perspex and stainless steel, 28x17,5x11,5cm, 2021



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Shield II, plaster, yarn, resin, pigment, cheesecloth, sawdust, 91,5x61x6cm, 2020


JUDITH MULLEN 

Walking

6 - 30 December 2020

Self portrait I, oil, wax, charcoal on board, 50,8 x 40,64cm, 2017

Resilience I, plaster, yarn, glass beads, acrylic, 213,36x243,84x12,7cm, 2020

Shield I, plaster, yarn, resin, enamel, 121,92x60,96x2,54cm, 2020

My engagement with specific materials has a long family lineage beginning with my great grandfather, Julius Schubert, who emigrated from Denmark in 1870. Schubert was one of a few fresco painters who helped to rebuild Chicago and vicinity after the Chicago fire. A recent trip to the earliest frescoes found in the ancient cave paintings at Grotte de Niaux, France, showed records of daily rituals and interaction with the natural world and internal well-being. The makers of these early frescoes also employed walking, ritual and repetition to speak of their connection to nature. My recent modular figurative sculptures and mixed media objects employ some of this the ancient fresco technique bringing historically grounded materials into contemporary sculptural and painting discourse. It is through a continual process of constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing that I reach outside of the familiar and invite the viewer to engage in the shared nuances of the human condition. 

Self portrait II, oil, charcoal, wax on board, 45,72 x60,96cm, 2018

Judith Mullen 

is US American artist, living and working in Chicago. She studied painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago II and obtained there her BFA and MFA. During her artistic career, she exhibited in numerous solo, group exhibitions, and curatorial projects. Her studio practice over the last several years evolved from traditional painting to a more sculptural practice using a handmade plaster and yarn-based material that she developed as seen in Resilience I and Mask IV, and Shield I. Judith explains that she usually does not produce pre-sketches or drawings for artworks. They are rather results of her artistic practice processes in handling direct materials, which she uses for creations. 

The current exhibition, which takes place in virtual space, refers to Judith's artistic processes during her walks in the landscape, especially the wood, where she explores the structures of nature and their impact on our senses and cognitive perception. 


Judith points out that in walking, interpretation frequently lags behind the actual temporal experience. When walking we transgress and re-establish new boundaries by continually redefining a new frame for our field of experience. Walking itself does not make art in the traditional sense excerpt for perhaps a trail as in seen in Richard Long's A Line Made by Walking. The physical act of putting one foot in front of the other is repetitive and tied to rhythms of organic processes. Wandering, the deliberate moving off a set course is about non-conforming and remaining open to a new way of facing everyday challenges. With this type of ambulation, the role of gesture and habit are the foreground and suggest opportunities for ritual as material and conceptual connection with nature. It is and an invitation to linger, to slowly immerse yourself in an environment like a cave or a forest that allows for transformation. 

Judith's performative approach to the regulation of her artistic practice in a dialog of her body with the processes of natural surroundings results in a daily ritual.  

Mask IV, plaster, yarn, glass beards, 45,72x30,48x17,78cm, 2020

 Walking or wandering in a forested area is a daily part of my studio practice. Here the tree-forms act as metaphor, respite, teacher and model for my overall art practice where I combine many mediums and textures. While walking I meditate on the ever present awareness of the impact on the human body and mind as a result of cultural pressures, communication overload and isolation. I am curious about the psychic and intellectual effects experienced in this ritual of walking in the forest and how these manifests in processing concerns related to a range of emotions such as joy, loneliness, uncertainty and fear. The resilience of the tree and its adaptability to changes in the landscape is a model I use to express our shared human desire for strength and courage. Reflecting on a quote from Janet Laurence from her work found in After Nature, Laurence states, "Trees for me are the great signals of change. They become a register of what's happening through climate change, pollution and poisoned waters." In my sculptures the tree is represented by references to bark using skin like materials such as resin, handmade tree bark, chicken wire, cheesecloth and Ace bandages. The bark of the tree is made up of living cells and acts as a skin which shields the tree from disease, animals and insects much like our own human skin. Following in the footsteps of Ana Mendieta I gather found, up-cycled and recycled materials which can be woven and cast into figurative wall and free-standing sculptures and nest like assemblages. My mode of combining materials mimics the ritual and repetition of walking in the forest. Interweaving or layering of materials speaks to a balance between strength and fragility.

Artwork in Focus


Mask VI

plaster, yarn, acrylic, pigment, 20,32x30,48x7.62cm, 2020

This mask becomes tangled. This rust-red work evokes an impression of the symbol of infinity, and therefore its shape is reminiscent of the constant natural course of things. And yet it is not freely exposed to the forces of impermanence. The surface is structured like a crust, a protective crust, a protection against the influences of transience.


Mask II 

plaster, yarn, pigment, acrylic

60,96 x 45,72 x 25,4cm, 2020

It's a form that writhes in itself. The green pigment refers to the natural polles that float in the air. And yet it has found its constancy in a form. 

The artwork is part of a series that Judith titled Masks. As the artist explains, the title refers to the journeys, which she undertakes between the urban space of the city and the forest. 

The mask is protection, it protects our emotions and makes us appear strong.

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