Opening Reception: Saturday, April 18 from 6pm to 8pm
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College features Compartmentalized, Assemblages by Zofie Lang. Friday, April 3rd to Sunday, May 17, 2015 with an opening reception and gallery talk by the artist on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm.
Certain narratives, such as those in fairy tales, have existed for millennia and maintain a grip on our collective imagination. They are refreshed and reiterated, showing up in popular culture in both familiar and novel ways; similar themes also emerge across cultures and generations. Using photography, digital photomontage, and found object assemblage, Zofie Lang’s work reconstructs these narratives visually by extracting their key elements. Zofie examines the underlying meaning of narratives, including the fairy tales she remembers her Polish grandmother telling her as a child and literature that has inspired her. Her assemblages creates new layers of meaning, consisting of a mix of nostalgia and contemplation of our present popular culture.
The original type cases in Zofie’s artwork reference literary works that were printed in the late 19th and early 20th century, while vintage dollhouse drawers are a nod to the tender age when impressions were first formed through stories.
“Drawers play a central role in my pieces, which harkens back to my ongoing curiosity about their contents, particularly when seeing them shut. While taking advantage of their compartmentalizing function, in my work I avoid using them to hide away by intentionally exposing their content to the viewer.”
Born in Poland and raised in Germany by psychiatrist parents, Zofie Lang came to the United States in 1998 to study psychology at UMBC in Baltimore. Following the completion of her B.A. in 2002, she pursued an art education at Towson University, Baltimore Clayworks, and The Art League. For five years she operated her own ceramic studio, creating sculptural work based on female archetypes. She also studied interior design at MICA and exhibition design at the Corcoran, and spent six years working in the interior design field. After moving to Washington DC in 2010, her focus shifted to visual narratives using assemblage and photography, which eventually became a major focus in her work. She also co-founded and partnered in Catalyst Projects, a temporary gallery project focused on cross-pollination within and between arts communities.
Compartmentalized is Zofie’s first solo exhibit in the Washington DC Metro Area. She has shown extensively in various group shows in the DC Metro region including at the MFA Circle Gallery, Anacostia Art Center, Black Rock Center for the Arts, and various venues through the Washington Project for the Arts.
- Monday-Friday: 10am—4pm
The Fisher Art Gallery is located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, and is named for local artist Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her late husband, Joseph Fisher.
The Fisher Gallery Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus is located at 3001 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA.