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Raven Schlossberg

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Collage, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video • Born in Paradise, CA, USA • Studied at SFAI, San Francisco, CA, USA
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"SOCIAL THEORY, CULTURAL FICTION AND UBIQUITOUS DESIRE."

"In the final scene of Zabriskie Point, Antonioni’s 1970 homage to American hippies, a Frank Lloyd Wright-style, upper-middle-class home explodes to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s ‘Heart Beat, Pig Meat’. A sequence of jump-cuts, with the house erupting and objects within it flying forward, is repeated four times. First, the house becomes an inferno, then, in the next series of frames,
a roast chicken is thrust from its plate, a...

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"In the final scene of Zabriskie Point, Antonioni’s 1970 homage to American hippies, a Frank Lloyd Wright-style, upper-middle-class home explodes to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s ‘Heart Beat, Pig Meat’. A sequence of jump-cuts, with the house erupting and objects within it flying forward, is repeated four times. First, the house becomes an inferno, then, in the next series of frames,
a roast chicken is thrust from its plate, a television set is propelled forward, and other banal objects that dominate and define America’s cultural values are reduced to shrapnel. After the initial shock subsides, the intense beauty of the images overrides their violence.

Raven Schlossberg’s collages are similarly explosive. But while Antonioni was mainly concerned with congratulating the hippies on their quest for a combustible future, Schlossberg is trying to navigate her way constructively through the recent past’s cultural rubble.

Schlossberg’s collages are constructed from layers of vintage media images, kinetically charged drawings in ink, graffiti-like trails of enamel or acrylic paint. Ranging in size from laptop to human-scale, the collages appear as details from cultural archives. Crafted with exquisite compulsion, they are clotted with social theory, cultural fiction and ubiquitous desire. As entire images, the collages are tactile and literary, embodying the semiotic distinction between sign and signifier but also seductive visual pleasure. Her imagery and musically pulsating colours maintain this pleasure even while she stimulates a cool critique of her references."

Ana Finel Honigman, Contemporary Magazine


Raven Schlossberg's work envisions a Technicolor, psychedelic dystopia where the trappings of glamour thinly veil society’s seedy underbelly. Compressing implied narratives into storyboarded picture planes, the artist stages a surreal, sexual wilderness. Interacting between planes ripped open through trompe l'oeil effects, characters enter and leave each picture through windows or "tears", implying further action behind and between the scenes. Her source materials are as diverse as the characters, with images culled from sexploitation and horror films, pulp crime and adventure magazines, comics, 1980s graphics and punk magazines, posters and fanzines. Reimagined through manipulation, alteration and redrawing, these images are distilled into unified worlds populated by an interchangeable troupe of performers who move seamlessly between works. The illusion of neon light, an effect she has achieved using a complex process of dyeing, painting and printing onto fabric, adds to the radiant, kaleidoscopic mood. Light is also literally employed in assemblages constructed from distressed and deconstructed musical instruments and vintage exit signs, illuminating Schlossberg's deep ties to the underground music scene.


Raven Schlossberg has exhibited her collage paintings internationally for over twenty years, including solo exhibitions in cities such as New York, Dallas, Berlin, Frankfurt, Bonn, Konstanz, Brussels, Basel and Paris. In addition to a solo exhibition at Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen, Germany, her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Haus am Lützowplatz, Norton Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum of Art, and The Hunterdon Art Museum. Schlossberg's work has been the subject of radio interviews as well as articles, interviews and reviews in publications including Art in America, ARTnews, Flash Art, New York Magazine, Beaux Arts and The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Detail from

Detail from "Fear and Menace (The City by Night)"

"The Mask and the Skeleton Key"

Detail from

Detail from "The Mask and the Skeleton Key"

Raven Schlossberg's Brooklyn studio with the works

Raven Schlossberg's Brooklyn studio with the works "Lust Pulls the Trigger" and "Bad Boy" in progress

Detail from

Detail from "Bad Boy"

"The One Eyed Knife Thrower"

Objects of inspiration in the studio

Objects of inspiration in the studio

"Pretty Killer"

Detail from

Detail from "Pretty Killer"

Installation view of sculpture

Installation view of sculpture "Inappropriate Smile"

Light sculpture

Light sculpture "The Also And Also And Also" in progress

"The Also And Also And Also"

Raven Schlossberg in the studio with

Raven Schlossberg in the studio with "Hustler's Time"

"Desire In Neon"

Materials in the studio

Materials in the studio

"Prima Belladonna"

Exhibition installation view of

Exhibition installation view of "Prima Belladonna" and "Fever Dream"

"Sexycatastrofico!"

"Blue Moon Bar, California"

Light sculpture

Light sculpture "Shiny Blackness In Our One Track Eyes" in progress

Exhibition installation view of

Exhibition installation view of "Shiny Blackness In Our One Track Eyes" and "Two Groupies For A One Man Band"

"Two Groupies For A One Man Band"

"The Wild Card and the Luck Changer"

Safety first in the studio

Safety first in the studio

Brooklyn studio

Brooklyn studio

"Diamond Plate Arcade, California"

"Blue City"

"Alfombra Mágica #1"

"Alfombra Mágica" Installation View

Exhibition installation view

Exhibition installation view

"The Getaway"

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

I've been working in this Brooklyn studio for about 15 years. The storefront space has a very rich history, having been at certain times early last century a bar frequented by longshoremen and gangsters, a "social" club as well as a bordello, so the walls and floorboards are steeped in history, encouraging me to daydream and invent stories of what might have been.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

I once had a professor who, during a group painting critique asked a student who showed up without any work to present, "why did you do that?" The student replied that he couldn't afford to buy paint. The professor calmly asked the student if he had a stereo. When he replied "yes", the professor told him to "sell your stereo and buy paint... art is sacrifice". This simple yet profound idea has left a lasting impression on me and has made me work even harder.

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

Besides MoMA?

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Playing guitar.

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Junkyards, old motels and dive bars.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015

Raven Schlossberg - Daytrippin' Nightskippin', Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2013

Raven Schlossberg - To The Manner Born, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

2009

The Road South, Light & Sie, Dallas, TX, USA

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GROUP

2017

Female Ejaculation Vol. 1, Curated by Jonny Star, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin, Germany

2015

You Can Feel It, Curated by Jonny Star, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany

2014

The Amusing Style, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York City, NY, USA

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PUBLICATIONS

TUE/NIGHT: Interview - Raven Schlossberg by Adrianna Dufay, April 2016Raven Schlossberg: Yale University Radio WYCBX, The Art World Demystified hosted by Brainard Carey, August 2015American Illustrator/American Photographer, February 2015, "Raven Schlossberg at Pavel Zoubok", by Peggy Roalf

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For more information and inquiries about this artist, please contact Artitious by emailing to artist@artitious.com

Purchase artworks by Raven Schlossberg

“Oil Slick On My Heart” | Raven Schlossberg | available artwork
RAVEN SCHLOSSBERG

“Oil Slick On My Heart”

2014
4.500,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

“Desire In Neon” | Raven Schlossberg | available artwork
RAVEN SCHLOSSBERG

“Desire In Neon”

2014
4.500,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

“Escape” | Raven Schlossberg | available artwork
RAVEN SCHLOSSBERG

“Escape”

2014
4.500,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

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