|Christel Dillbohner @ Don Soker, San Francisco, through March 22nd|
San Francisco-based artist
would like to invite you to visit her show
observations / impressions
assemblages and paintings
@ Don Soker Contemporary Art
49, Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:30am-5:30pm; Saturday 11am-5pm.
Phone: 415 - 291.0966
The exhibition continues through
March 22, 2008
Christel Dillbohner is born and educated in Germany. Widely travelled throughout Europe, the United States and many countries in Asia, she lives in Berkeley, California where she maintains her studio and resides for relatively short periods of time between her travels. She is a passionate reader and researches cultural patterns and ideas whenever and wherever she lands. Her work, usually rendered in earth-coloured tonalities, often includes found objects gathered on her journeys, and resonates with experiences, yet is in no way nostalgic. It carries and communicates, whether on an intimate or monumental scale, a sombre thoughtfulness deeply connected to li fe and death on this planet. Assemblage boxes allude to intimate secrets, hiding clues, while the larger more expansive flat or hanging works create a field incorporating found or handmade objects which act as markers of memory.
"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.
Oberservations / Impressions presents an example of these contemplative environments. Das Bienengleichnis - the parable of the bees, a multi panelled assemblage is juxtaposed with painted sedimentations and vistas of vast landscapes, and a group of small sculpture, the Listening Devices, which complete the exhibition.
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."
Berkeley, CA 2008
For more information please contact sm.ART at firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit Don Soker's website at www.donsokergallery.com
or visit Christel's website @ www.dillbohner.de
Best regards from sm.ART and enjoy Christel's works,