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To the Manner Born
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January 10th, 2013 - February 9th, 2013
 
 Anonymous Rooms With Automatons , Raven SchlossbergRaven Schlossberg,
Anonymous Rooms With Automatons ,
2012, Acrylic and ink on fabric with paper collage on birch panel , 34 x 36 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & Pavel Zoubok Gallery
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PAVEL ZOUBOK GALLERY invites you to an exhibition of new work by New York artist RAVEN SCHLOSSBERG, whose seamlessly layered dreamscapes of printed, drawn and superimposed imagery explore themes of cultural exchange, travel and the obsessive nature of collecting.
RAVEN SCHLOSSBERG’s recent series of mixed-media collages function as landscapes - natural spaces composed from familiar elements. But they are in fact places of pure imagination, “floating worlds” hovering between multiple realities. By employing superimposed, or ghost images, Schlossberg conjures a double-exposure in which events real and invented write themselves onto shifting planes. By exploring this spatial duality she gathers the disparate threads of ancient tales to tell stories of love, loss, discovery and devotion. Schlossberg writes:
When I began this body of work, I conceptualized the idea of luxury, of collectors acquiring beautiful objects throughout time, and how these objects (individually loaded with meaning and stories) have been passed down through families of influence or discarded and discovered continents away from their point of origin. I am interested in the export of an aesthetic, what it says about the cultures that produced these objects as well as the taste and fashion of the collectors who sought to acquire them, such as German production of fine porcelain in an Orientalist style, or French Chinoiserie.
Schlossberg arranges these objects as markers, creating paths for the viewer to visually move across the picture surface, making connections between landscapes real and imagined. The collage paintings in this exhibition draw heavily from the artist’s experiences traveling and exhibiting her work across Europe over the past several years, losing herself intentionally and unintentionally. In a seamless swirl of images, Schlossberg conjures the memory of a Roman-built amphitheater in far Western Germany where she could swear she heard the echoed roar of caged lions. Down from the ruin, along the banks of the Mosel River, was revealed the faint glint of Roman coins, once the epitome of power, now lost to nature and time. In Rome, a random turn down a narrow alleyway eventually opened onto an imposing pair of intricately wrought iron gates, behind which stood a tomb composed entirely of human skulls. This hidden, sacred place built atop strata upon strata of buried treasure and refuse. Schlossberg’s works are composed from and built upon this concept of cultural accretion. Her landscapes are terraced with layers of paper collage, painted, printed, drawn and superimposed images that create a kind of historical time line punctuated by characters or travelers acting out scenarios that verge on theater.
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