Gray Contemporary art opening reception: Temples by Dmitri Obergfell and Raphael Zollinger
The pairing of artists Dmitri Obergfell and Raphael Zollinger for Temples highlights the dialogue between two artists whose common interests play out through their creation and observation of structure and myth through work that is formally distinct, yet startlingly kindred.
Obergfell's work is greatly informed by philosopher Jacques Lacan's concept of The Real, a primordial state that escapes languages ability to describe it and is lost as language is learned. Using quasi-religious secular imagery, Obergfell's work examines the way identities and myths are constructed with societal symbols to enable autonomy from them in pursuit of The Real.
By combining languages inherent through both sculpture and photography, Zollinger seeks to blur the border between personal and collective memories through constructed forms that break down the distinction between image and object. Using both staged and found photographs, and then identifying and extracting common forms by hand, Zollinger examines what happens when these images are decontextualized through form, function and materiality.
On view through Nov. 14.