Christel Dillbohner, Ice Floe Journals
1821 Gallery & Studios is very pleased to be exhibiting the dynamic work “ICE FLOE JOURNALS” by Christel Dillbohner, September 4 – October 18. Dillbohner will be at the Gallery for the September 4th Art Hop, and present a slide show and lecture at an artist reception, Friday September 5th at 7 PM. Dillbohner, a Berkeley resident, has just returned from Berlin, Germany where she held a 3 week long residency at Galerie Zeit Zone. Dillbohner is exhibited around the world. She exhibited An Ufern der Zeit at the Fresno Art Museum in 2007.
In the last five years, she has been creating a large series of contemplative, abstract, process paintings circling around imaginative, clearly Nordic-looking, landscapes. In these works she is exploring – with the melting glaciers in mind – the balance of process transformation, geological reference and emotional drama.
For this group of works she has developed a new painting method with pigments dissolved and strained into an emulsion of water, oil and wax. The liquefied pigments are poured onto the canvases, wooden panels or sheets of absorbent paper. She manipulates the milky liquids in a variety of ways by adopting geomorphic movements: pushing up, fanning out, gliding through, scraping over, melting down, washing away. She allows the material to oscillate between the principles for randomness and control until she has found what she is looking for.