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sm.ART curating & consulting

sm.ART curating & consulting

Private Gallery
Christel Dillbohner @ Don Soker Contemporary Art, San Francisco
Christel Dillbohner
Christel Dillbohner
  Dear (sm.)ART-Friends,

San Francisco-based artist

Christel Dillbohner

would like to invite you to visit her site-specific installation

Nothing is Certain - Fragments from The Arctic Chronicles

@ Don Soker Contemporary Art

80 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
Phone: 415 - 291.0966

The opening reception is tomorrow
Saturday, July 14
4 - 7 pm

Artist talk 5 pm

The show continues through

August 25

The exhibition contains a selection of artifacts from The Arctic Chronicles, and a series of new paintings on canvas, wood and paper.

Geological structures and glacial lobes, cloud masses and arctic seas are the underpinning of Dillbohner's paintings. The paintings' layers are generated more than they are painted or drawn; surfaces scored and scarped, pushed and pulled, oscillating between principles of randomness and control. She experiments with fluid, changeable materials such as hot and cold wax; adding ink and water to liquefied pigments. In this flooding of paint all boundaries of distinction are lost.

Dillbohner will also present a new group of assemblage boxes made of weathered wood and rusted metals, plant material and old photographs collected over the years. These assemblages that form The Arctic Chronicles are inspired by arctic history as well as addressing the present melting of the poles and glaciers.

Dillbohner was born and educated in Cologne, Germany, and has lived in California for over twenty years. She has had extensive exhibitions nationally and in Europe and Asia and is the recipient of much public acclaim.

"For me, art has always been visual research and dissemination: investigating events and concepts through uncommon viewpoints and tools, then transforming ideas and material into "visual catalysts", offers me a perpetual challenge, the basis for my creative process and the means for a nonverbal communication with others. Over the years, I've expanded my material language: worked with clay and sculpted paper, spent days in the darkroom, explored the use of wax, added oils and pigment to my palette, and collected a multitude of natural materials and cultural debris for my assemblages. The outcomes of my visual studies, which often involve travel, are manifested in my paintings, collages, assemblages and sculptures. I present these in intimate or large-scale site- specific installations, often accompanied by talks and workshops. ... It is my hope that the sensuous, speculatively charged zones of this environment may communicate to the viewer my pleasure of viewing things and ideas from a different angle. They may also speak to him or her of discovering, collecting, and securing evidence, and of the never ending search for new insights into, and ideas about, the world and oneself."

Christel Dillbohner
Berkeley, CA2008

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Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Christel's works,


sibylle mueller
sm.ART curating & consulting
le montaigne
7, avenue de grande bretagne
98000 monte-carlo

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Christel Dillbohner
#1573 Motionless Torrents, Silent Cataracts X, 2011
Oil, wax on wood; 24 x 24 inches
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