Open Studio Gallery
Artist talk at 6:30PM on March 24th, 2017 followed by an opening reception.
Gabriela Jolowicz captures fleeting scenes of everyday life in one of the oldest and most traditional visual media, the woodcut. Depicting modern still life images and dense scenes of metropolitan life, Jolowicz freezes an already fading afterimage of reality in a disjointed and kaleidoscopic manner.
Nevertheless, the mode of depiction appears to be realistic on first impression. On second glimpse the sobriety of the sceneries is broken up through the scattered picture references and unique compositions. Great richness of detail and a pronounced variety of structures bring about a confusing and irritating simultaneity of forms. The structures, executed in either acutely delicate or crude cuts, are heightened in a playful employment of proportions and through perspective distortion, readable as decorative graphic patterns or elements suggestive of three-dimensional depth. In this context, Herbert Eichhorn (Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus Reutlingen) alludes to “a veritable horror vacui and a desire to break open the wooden surface” and refers to the artist’s deliberate quotation of printmaking history.
Gabriela Jolowicz is a woodcut artist from Germany. She completed her diploma and post-graduate studies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. Her works have been exhibited in Mexico, USA, Canada, Germany, France, England, Italy, Thailand, China, Serbia, Poland and the Netherlands. She won the Holzschnitt Heute international art award 1st Prize in 2012. She was awarded an honourable mention at the 17th German International Exhibition of Graphic Art in Frechen in 2014. In 2016 she won the International Artist in Residence Award of the Black Church Print Studio in Dublin. Gabriela Jolowicz lives in Berlin.
The exhibition is accompanied by an essay written by Ira Solomatina. Please click the button below to download.