• Zelene Schlosberg

Dr. phil. Isabella Woldt on the work of Zelene Jiang Schlosberg

Excerpt from the exhibition essay for the solo exhibition "Air's Chamber" by Zelene Jiang Schlosberg at WOLDT Gallery, London, 2021


Testament, canvas, acrylic, thread, 224x24x2.5inches/61x61x3.81cm, 2021, Zelene Jiang Schlosberg


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. Schlosberg's newest artworks from 2020 and 2021. The artist explores new perceptions of space, narratives, colour and figuration, but the music and implementation of the line as motive and material are still important references.

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.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.


——Dr. phil. Isabella Woldt 2021


在蔣貞蕾的藝術中,空間被轉化為與空氣的一種美學遊戲,在那裏,空氣通過樂器般的流動喚起隨著時間而擴展並創造空間的聲音。


在2020 年和 2021 年創作的最新作品中,新的視角展示了她在空間感知、敘事、色彩和形象方面的探索,但音樂和對線條的執行作為動機和材料仍然是重要的參考。

一種普遍的焦慮感彌漫著——畢竟,即使樂觀的調色板試圖保持一張勇敢的臉,畫布也受到了傷害。在珠子、紙和金屬絲等材料的服務中採用了一系列技術(縫合、刺繡、書寫)。多種紋理與三維趨勢相結合,有助於使自然光的作用成為詮釋的核心。無定形形狀出現、重新排列並懸浮,使維度感複雜化了。

就像在夢中一樣,顏色的情感維度會激發直覺反應。蔣貞蕾在一個既熟悉又陌生的世界中創造了迷宮般的抽象、比喻和神秘的敘事。面對現實世界的疫情,這對於人類如此突如其來的事態發展和捉摸不定的敵人,藝術家特意投身於人類世界和擁有創造性思維和創造的超現實世界,以對突然席捲全球的時間不確定性做出反應。

當舒適的現實世界變得陌生時,藝術家進入潛意識的領域,並挖掘出被遺忘的角色。它們現在遍佈裝置空間,停留在切割屏風的花卉結構或新的建築性空間中並保護我們。


——伊莎貝拉·沃爾特,2021