Julie Schenkelberg "Embodied Energies" At Asya Geisberg Gallery In New York

Industrial demise and the decaying glamour of a gloried era are two of the main themes in Julie Schenkelberg’s site-specific installation Swan Song at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York. The large-scale installation is made up of found industrial as well as domestic objects, collected over the course of five years and put together in ten weeks before transferring it into the gallery space. The installation is overwhelming and beautiful at the same time, traversing the entire gallery space from floor to ceiling. The seemingly randomly piled objects have been carefully arranged and are reminiscent of abandoned and destroyed family homes. Fully grounded in the space the precariously mounted chairs and stacked pieces of furniture give the installation an upward reach making it heavy and light at the same time. The mix of textures, fabrics, solid foam and powder, and colors, white, turquoise and brown further supports this juxtaposition. Julie Schenkelberg "Embodied Energies" will be on view until October 24, 2015 at Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York. text and images by Adriana Pauly