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Raphael Zollinger
updated: 03/11/2011
website: rzollinger.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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29 Westmoreland
Zulu Rickshaw
Baustelle
Family Tree
Durban Holiday
du Jardin
Schwandi
Woman with Sickel
UDF redux
Flanked Road
Two Winter Trees
August 2004 with Moon Cam
August 2004 with Apollo Rover
untitled
Eva with Lines
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, figurative, historical, memory, social criticism, portraiture, psychological, race, documentary, political
 
 
29 Westmoreland  by Raphael Zollinger
29 Westmoreland
frames, glass, hinges, paper, paint and ink
2011
48" x  40"  x 24" 
Zulu Rickshaw by Raphael Zollinger
Zulu Rickshaw
paper, paint, ink in frames
2011
40" x  40"  x 1" 
Baustelle by Raphael Zollinger
Baustelle
foamcore, paper, paint, and ink
2011
50" x  60"  x 10" 
Family Tree by Raphael Zollinger
Family Tree
paper, paint, ink in frames
2011
30" x  14"  x 1.5" 
Durban Holiday  by Raphael Zollinger
Durban Holiday
silver leaf, ink on rag paper
2011
19" x  13" 
du Jardin by Raphael Zollinger
du Jardin
paint and ink on paper
2011
19" x  13" 
Schwandi  by Raphael Zollinger
Schwandi
dye, ink, paint and inkjet print on rag paper
2011
19" x  13" 
Woman with Sickel by Raphael Zollinger
Woman with Sickel
paint and ink on paper
2011
19" x  13" 
UDF redux by Raphael Zollinger
UDF redux
archival inkjet print on paper
2010
40" x  30" 
Flanked Road  by Raphael Zollinger
Flanked Road
paint and ink on paper
2011
19" x  13" 
Two Winter Trees by Raphael Zollinger
Two Winter Trees
paint and ink on paper
2011
19" x  13" 
August 2004 with Moon Cam by Raphael Zollinger
August 2004 with Moon Cam
archival inkjet print on paper
2010
40" x  30" 
August 2004 with Apollo Rover by Raphael Zollinger
August 2004 with Apollo Rover
archival inkjet print on paper
2010
40" x  30" 
untitled by Raphael Zollinger
untitled
archival inkjet print and ink drawing on paper
2010
40" x  30" 
Eva with Lines by Raphael Zollinger
Eva with Lines
archival inkjet print and ink drawing on paper
2010
40" x  30" 

Artist Statement

This body of work is defined by its use of nostalgia as well as specfic cultural narritives held in the found and family snapshots from the first half of the last century. They are carefully interwoven with abstract drawings and digital renderings forming a unified composition. I am interested in the nature of photography, its history and function as both the representational document pointing outside of itself to an aspect of cultural narrative and memory and that of the self-referential quality of art work rooted in modernism and painting. By layering and juxtaposing both old found and family photographs with my own drawings and photographs, I create a balanced tension between the content of the scanned black and white images and the formal vocabulary of abstraction via color, line and texture. 

Raphael Zollinger's work balances political and conceptual concerns with formal and material passions. Utilizing the languages of sculpture, installation, photography, and drawing, his works confront the dynamic between the everyday and the political, by connecting history with the present and blurring the border between personal and collective space. Additionally, his works, which reference both popular media and art history, form a dialogue surrounding dissemination and consumption of information, social and political dimensions of nationalism, and identity and belonging. Moreover, Raphael attempts to create scenarios that are often removed by time or space, as they describe events from afar, and to bring these scenarios home as visceral experiences for the viewer. Through his fascination with the role that objects and images play as a vehicle to elicit the uncanny and to provoke the sublime, he asks the viewer to question and re-evaluate himself in relation to the work.  

Artist Bio / CV
Raphael Zollinger (b. Johannesburg, South Africa)
received his BFA from Pratt Institute in sculpture and his masters degree from ITP, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in interactive media and installation. His work has recently been exhibited at Pelavin Galery, White Box Gallery and Rush Arts Gallery in NY, Vox Populi gallery in Philadelphia, La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, Ballroom Marfa
in Texas, the Jersey City Museum in NJ, and the Pratt Sculpture Garden in Brooklyn, NY.  In 2002, he received a fellowship to attend the Skowhegan School 
of Painting and Sculpture and has returned as the Sculpture Associate from 2007-2010. In addition, Raphael has work in the permanent collection of the Richard Meier building and Pratt Sculpture garden. 

He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.