14 - 17Sophia Zarders – Tinsel Angels
Solo Exhibition, Opening: Nov. 13th 2018, 6-9pm
SomoS is proud to present “Tinsel Angels,” a solo exhibition of paintings by current Artist-in-Residence Sophia Zarders, taking place from November 14th-17th 2018. (Opening Reception: November 13th 2018, 6-9pm)
With a tinge of humor, Tinsel Angels‘ narrative intertwines Sophia Zarders newfound daily life living in Berlin between discovery, exhilaration, anxiety and depression. She has created emotional self-portraits that reflect a deep infatuation and respect for religious imagery and pop culture. The presented works include loving references to classic cinema, countercultural comics, trashy television, DIY zine culture, and the city of Los Angeles. The narrative of her output has also been fed by her experience as a Black American in Berlin with the anticipation of returning to a tumultuous land.
Zarders’ residence in Berlin has been documented within the pages of a sketchbook turned graphic novel, steadily filled with impressions of daily life. This exploration of the day to day has also been translated into a series of large self-portraits on paper. These pieces combine surreal inner fantasies nurtured by the realities of both her Berlin sojourn and her home of Southern California, using tools such as watercolor pencils, pens, and ink to visually depict her inner monologues. These concepts have also been further developed into a short experimental animation which utilizes a digital rotoscoping technique and hand painted backgrounds.
As Zarders cinematically inhabits many different roles in her life size works, she visualizes the notion of life as a performance. Effortlessly traversing categories of time, place or biology, her likeness travels through pop culture and cinema.
There are hints of Francesco Clemente, Pierre Klossowski’s and Cindy Sherman’s work in her pieces, but also references to East German socialist murals, and the straight-up, frontal style of Neue Sachlichkeit; casual poses, frozen in time.
The fleeting, throwaway nature of today’s mass culture is underlined by Zarder’s deliberate use of thin packing paper to carry the painting. The physicality of its crumpled, partly unpainted surface disrupts the illusion of the tinsel angels’ script, their fragile imaginary narratives ready to tear and disintegrate any moment.
About Sophia Zarders:
Sophia Zarders is an illustrator and graphic novelist from Long Beach, CA. She works as a freelance artist and an art instructor for artists with disabilities. Zarders has been commissioned by activist groups and organizations across the United States, including Forward Together, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Long Beach chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Sophia received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from California State University, Long Beach.
Opening Reception: November 13th 2018, 6-9pm
November 14-17 2018, 2-7pm, and by appointment
14 (Wednesday) - 17 (Saturday)
Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE
21 - 24Linda Post – Here
Interactive Multimedia Installation. Opening Nov. 20th 6-9PM
SomoS is proud to present the solo exhibition Here by current Artist-in-Residence, multimedia artist and educator Linda Post (US).
Here builds upon the artist’s psychogeographic exploration of Berlin’s creative and intellectual history, following unseen paths and discovering forgotten spaces. This creative research forms the basis of an immersive interactive installation employing video and software, that interlinks the present and the past. It creates fragile narratives that allow the visitors to virtually transcend space and time, enabling a personal sense of displacement, and rendering the city’s genealogy of progressive thought and expression relatable.
In the up and down of Berlin’s creative history, there were spikes of extraordinary liberty and opportunity often followed by repression, revanchism, or the limiting effects of ideology, economy or gentrification. Post retraces and channels the creative process of cultural figureheads from literature, music, film, medicine, and politics, ranging from the Weimar years, the 1970s, the 1990s to present day, who found in Berlin the right combination of elements to create their work.
Much of the footage in the exhibition will be of SomoS itself, looking at this house as a site that people are experimenting with what works as a context conducive to their creativity as residents, artists, performers and organizers.
Here employs video projections designed for the space and interactive software that responds to the presence of visitors. The video will address the architecture of SomoS and overlap it with images of other spaces projected onto the gallery. Viewers will then inhabit an overlapping of location. As viewers move about in the room, their presence triggers subtle changes to the media. At times, their image will show up in the projected images and become part of the installation.
As it develops its theme of “inhabiting displacement,” Here poetically addresses fleetingness, place, and the important role migration plays in Berlin’s creative history.
About Linda Post:
Linda Post is an US multimedia artist and educator who explores the sculptural limits of time-based media via video, installation, sculpture, audio, and photography. Her work is often site-specific, involving psychogeographic mental and aesthetic explorations; a choreography of the everyday; and the creation of links across time and space.
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Exhibition Nov. 21-24 2-7PM, and by appointment
21 (Wednesday) - 24 (Saturday)
Kottbusser Damm 95 - Berlin DE