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  • Writer's pictureZelene Schlosberg

Solo exhibition "Air's Chamber" in June 2021 with WOLDT Gallery London


Air’s Chamber

Zelene Jiang Schlosberg

online exhibit

16 June – 19 July, 2021

*special dialogue/performance with Zelene Jiang Schlosberg and oboist Andrew Nogal*

24 June, 2021, 7 pm BST

In this challenging period of recent history, air quality and air particles have taken on a 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 these series of 12 works, Schlosberg highlights in a rather acute fashion some important themes from the Era of Covid: silhouettes of lungs, figures in 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 color 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 color stimulates an intuitive response. Schlosberg has created labyrinthine narratives of abstract, figurative and mystical configurations, in a world that is familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Andrew Nogal is internationally known for exploring the boundaries of the oboe. In a special event hosted during the exhibition, he will join Schlosberg for a spontaneous, collaborative performance on Thursday, 24 June, 2021.

Zelene Jiang Schlosberg is a Chinese-born artist living and working in Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include North Central College (IL), East Central College (MO) and University of Illinois at Chicago. Other upcoming solo exhibition will be at the Chinese American Arts Council Gallery (NYC) in late 2021. Participants of numerous groups shows, includes 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).

Oboist Andrew Nogal, 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.


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