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.