Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friday, March 1, 2013

ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, March 22 - April 2, 2013, Gallery 80808/Vista Studios

To see work from artists in Zoological Society click on their names: 
Roland AlbertCarl BlairSteven ChappPhil GarrettTonya GreggDiane Kilgore Condon,Peter LenzoPhilip MorsbergerMarcelo Novo,Anna RedwineKees SalentijnLeo Twiggs andDavid Yaghjian. 
For a PREVIEW of the exhibition  CLICK HERE
To see installation shots of the exhibition CLICK HERE

Monday, December 1, 2008

Works of Art: Roland Albert

All works of art by Roland Albert are available at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC.

Contact Wim Roefs at if-art-gallery@sc.twcbc.com or (803) 255-0068/(803) 238-2351.

Schote I (Pod I), 2012, cardboard, 8 x 17 x 8 in., $715

Schote II (Pod II), 2012, cardboard, 6 x 18 x 11 in.

Kleiner Stuhl, 2004
Wood, sand, glue
16 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 10 1/4 in.
$ 650

Stuhlkreis, 2006
Wood, sand, glue
30 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 22 3/4 in.
$ 950

Paar, 2003
Wood, sand, glue, 5 ½ x 19 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
$ 650

Kathedrale, 2003
Wood, acrylic paint, screws
39 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.
$ 1,350
 For additional views

Labil, 2002
Wood, burlap, acrylic paint, 4 3/4 x 13 x 2 in., $ 275

Leiter I, 2006
Wood, acrylic paint
45 1/4 x 10 1/4 x 4 in.
$ 950

Leiter II, 2006
Wood, acrylic paint
48 x 9/12 x 5 1/2 in.
$ 950

Stuhl Nach Links, 2008
Wood, sand, glue, acrylic paint
31 1/2 x 11 3/4 x 2 1/4 in.
$ 650

Vier Elemente, 2003
Cardboard, plaster, sand, glue
9 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 in.
$ 775

Torso 220202/2, 2002
Glue, sand mix on drawing board
11 x 8 in., $325

Torso 230302/3, 2002
Glue, sand mix on drawing board
11 x 8 in., $325

Tier 221003/3 (Tupfeltier)
(Animal 221003/3(Turning Around)), 2002

Shellac on drawing board

11 x 8 in., $325

Tier 221003/1 (Alt Tier)
(Animal 221003/1(Ancient Animal), 2003
Shellac on drawing board
11 x 8 in., $325

Tier 051003/1 (Verhoffend)
(Animal 051003/1(On Alert), 2003
Shellac on drawing board
11 x 8 in., $325

Bock (Stool), 2006
Bronze, 1/1

9 x 3 x 3 in., $ 750

Sunday, November 30, 2008

if ARTwalk: Salon I & II: December 11- 24, 2008

For exhibition installation images, click here.

Dec. 11 – 24, 2008
an exhibition at two Columbia, SC, locations:
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady Street
if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln Street

Reception and ifART Walk: Thursday, Dec. 11, 5 – 10 p.m.
at and between both locations
Opening Hours:
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
& by appointment
Open Christmas Eve until 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 255-0068/ (803) 238-2351 – if-art-gallery@sc.twcbc.com

For its December 2008 exhibition, if ART Gallery presents The Salon I & II, an exhibition at two Columbia, SC, locations: if ART Gallery and Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. On Thursday, December 11, 2008, 5 – 10 p.m., if ART will hold opening receptions at both locations. The ifART Walk will be on Lady and Lincoln Streets, between both locations, which are around the corner from each other.

The exhibitions will present art by if ART Gallery artists, installed salon-style at both Gallery 80808 and if ART. Artists in the exhibitions include two new additions to if ART Gallery, Columbia ceramic artist Renee Rouillier and the prominent African-American collage and mixed-media artist Sam Middleton, an 81-year-old expatriate who has lived in the Netherlands since the early 1960s.

Other artists in the exhibition include Karel Appel, Aaron Baldwin, Jeri Burdick, Carl Blair, Lynn Chadwick, Steven Chapp, Stephen Chesley, Corneille, Jeff Donovan, Jacques Doucet, Phil Garrett, Herbert Gentry, Tonya Gregg, Jerry Harris, Bill Jackson, Sjaak Korsten, Peter Lenzo, Sam Middleton, Eric Miller, Dorothy Netherland, Marcelo Novo, Matt Overend, Anna Redwine, Paul Reed, Edward Rice, Silvia Rudolf, Kees Salentijn, Laura Spong, Tom Stanley, Christine Tedesco, Brown Thornton, Leo Twiggs, Bram van Velde, Katie Walker, Mike Williams, David Yaghjian, Paul Yanko and Don Zurlo.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Line According To: August 29- September 9, 2008

To view works by Roland Albert in this exhibition click HERE.
if ART
presents at
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, S.C.

Roland Albert – Mary Gilkerson – Sjaak Korsten 
Kees Salentijn

August 29 – September 9, 2008

Artists’ Reception: Friday, August 29, 2008, 5 – 10 p.m.
Opening Hours:
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351/255-0068 – wroefs@sc.rr.com

For its August – September exhibition, if ART presents at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios The Line According to Roland Albert, Mary Gilkerson, Sjaak Korsten & Kees Salentijn. German artist Albert will present mixed media, mostly wood-based sculptures, and Columbia’s Gilkerson, a new series of monotypes. Dutch painter Salentijn will show paintings, mixed media works on paper, painted ceramic plates, lithographs and silkscreens. Korsten, another Dutch artist, will show mixed media works on paper. Korsten has recently joined if ART Gallery, and the upcoming exhibition will be his first in the United States.

Albert (b. 1944) is a widely respected painter and sculptor in Germany. He is part of the artists’ exchange between Columbia and its German sister city of Kaiserslautern. Albert studied with the famous Greek-American sculptor Kosta Alex in Paris in 1964. In 1970, he graduated from the prestigious Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Albert’s work overall fits European post-World War II contemporary traditions. He shares Joseph Beuys’ love for rough and unfinished materials. Like Art Informel artists such as Spaniard Antoni Tapies and fellow German Emil Schumacher, Albert considers not just forms and shapes important but also the tactile and physical quality of his materials.

Gilkerson (b. 1958) has recently completed monotypes for her Three River series based on Columbia’s Congaree, Saluda and Broad rivers. The sometimes strongly abstracted works are based on photos and drawings Gilkerson made earlier this year during walks along the riverbanks. Gilkerson for many years has been prominent on the art scene of the South Carolina Midlands as an artist, critic and curator. She teaches art at Columbia College in her hometown of Columbia. Gilkerson holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees from the University of South Carolina.

Korsten (b. 1957) is widely known and respected in the Netherlands. Not unlike Albert, he works in established post-World War II European modern and contemporary traditions. His work is related to Art Informel artists such as Tapies, Jaap Wagemaker, Wols, Jean Fautrier and Manalo Millares. Much of the focus in their work and that of Korsten is on materials and surface. While Korsten’s work is heavily abstracted, he typically includes representative elements. Korsten’s work has been shown at major European fairs, including TEFAF Maastricht, PAN Amsterdam and the Cologne Art Fair.

Salentijn (b. 1947) is among The Netherlands’ most prominent painters. The initial inspiration leading to his mature style came from post-war American art and from Spanish painters such as Tapies, Antonio Saura, and later Millares. Salentijn developed a personal style that combined the expressionist, painterly swath with smaller but equally expressionist marks that are quick and slightly nervous but sure. Combining vigorous painting with often-childlike imagery, Salentijn’s work eventually placed him in the Northern European, post-war CoBrA tradition of strongly expressionist, abstracted art that containes representational elements. Salentijn’s increased use of figuration in the 1990s confirmed this link. His work is in several European museums. In addition to the 1982 Chicago Art Fair, his work has been represented at major European art fairs, including Art Fair Basel, TEFAF Maastricht, Kunstmesse Cologne and KunstRAI Amsterdam.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Essay: Roland Albert

Paar, 2003
Wood, sand, glue
5 ½ x 19 ¼ x 3 ½ in.
$ 650

By Wim Roefs

Roland Albert’s often material-driven art that hovers between abstraction and figuration, between the natural and arranged worlds, between representing something and being something, and between material and psychological existence.

Albert’s work overall fits European post-World War II contemporary traditions. He shares Joseph Beuys’ love for rough and unfinished materials. Like Art Informel artists such as Spaniard Antoni Tapies and fellow German Emil Schumacher, Albert considers not just forms and shapes important but also the tactility and physical quality of his materials. He shares Paul Klee’s playfulness and back-and-forth between figuration and abstraction. His spontaneous impulse and some imagery relate to Jean Dubuffet and CoBrA painters such as Dutchmen Karel Appel and Corneille. 

Combining the architectural with the natural in his sculpture links him to the 1960s German art group Zero, which included Otto Piene and G√ľnther Uecker. Zero was part of a larger network of European artists, including the Dutch Nul Groep with Jan Schoonhoven and Armando, Lucio Fontana in Italy, Jean Tinguely and Arman in France and Tapies again. These artists practiced an art that started from scratch, historically, art historically, conceptually and often practically. In the wake of the human disaster that was Fascism and World War II, the artists sought a new beginning, independent of historical and art historical traditions. This included the incorporation of and a focus on non-traditional materials with an often minimalist, geometric or gestural, poetic and metaphysical approach that led to novel aesthetic results. 

Albert molds paint and marks on surface, he says, rather than trying to depict things. He often blurs the boundaries between drawing and painting and painting and sculpting. Heavy application of dirt, plaster and stucco-like materials on his two-dimensional work can make it in effect three-dimensional. And sculpting to Albert is merely painting and drawing in space. 
“I can’t really analyze my own work very well,” Albert says. “I don’t work very systematically but instead mostly follow my spontaneous inner drive.” 

That spontaneous drive leads to the use of not just paint, canvas, bronze and other established media but whatever materials may cross Albert’s path. He draws with shellac or with a combination of glue and sand, including the reddish sand of the Kaiserslautern region. He sculpts with wood and corrugated cardboard. The surfaces of the sculptures in the current show are covered with a mix of glue and sand. 

“Wood typically simply provides the armature to create a certain shape,” Albert says. “It’s often not that important for the look of the work. In addition to glue and sand, I use, for instance, paper and clothe to cover the wood.”

“My objects are based on everyday phenomena. The chair refers to human anatomy, character and temperament. The ladders are symbolic for ascending and descending, coming and going. Architecture represents living and mystique. In exploring the elements, I don’t shoot for representation but for new creations.”