The Schlesinger Center Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery welcomes “COMPARTMENTALIZED,” assemblages by Zofie Lang. The exhibit will be available for viewing from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, May 17, with an opening reception Saturday, April 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Certain narratives, such as those in fairy tales, have existed for millennia and maintain a grip on our collective imagination. They are refreshed and reiterated, showing up in popular culture in both familiar and novel ways; similar themes also emerge across cultures and generations. Using photography, digital photomontage and found object assemblage, Lang’s work reconstructs these narratives visually by extracting the key elements. She examines the underlying meaning of narratives, including the fairy tales she remembers her Polish grandmother telling her as a child and literature that has inspired her. Her assemblages create new layers of meaning, consisting of a mix of nostalgia and contemplation of our present popular culture.
The original type cases in Lang’s artwork reference literary works that were printed in the late 19th and early 20th century, while vintage dollhouse drawers are a nod to the tender age when impressions are first formed through stories.
Born in Poland and raised in Germany, Lang came to the United States in 1998 to study psychology at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Following the completion of her B.A. in 2002, she pursued an art education at Towson University, Baltimore Clayworks and The Art League. For five years she operated her own ceramic studio, creating sculptural work based on female archetypes. After moving to Washington, D.C., her focus shifted to visual narratives using assemblage and photography, which eventually became a major focus in her work.
“COMPARTMENTALIZED” is Lang’s first solo exhibit in the Washington metro area. She has shown extensively in various group shows in the region including at the Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery, Anacostia Art Center and Black Rock Center for the Arts, and various venues through the Washington Project for the Arts.
Located on the upper level of Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, the Fisher Art Gallery is named for the late Margaret “Peggy” Fisher and her husband, Joseph Fisher. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during performances.