Alien Linguistic Lab

Sarah Schönfeld

January 13 — March 10, 2017

Opening Reception
Friday, January 13, 2017 | 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Shaman Coat 7 / Shamanastic Travel Equipment</em><span class='media'>UV print on cowhide</span>56 x 71 in  (142.2 x 180.3 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0002&body=I am interested in finding out more about Shaman Coat 7 / Shamanastic Travel Equipment by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Shaman Coat 8 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment</em><span class='media'>UV print on cowhide</span>30 1/2 x 83 in  (77.5 x 210.8 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0003&body=I am interested in finding out more about Shaman Coat 8 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Shaman Coat 9 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment</em><span class='media'>UV print on cowhide</span>36 x 57 in  (91.4 x 144.8 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0004&body=I am interested in finding out more about Shaman Coat 9 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Shaman Coat 10 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment</em><span class='media'>UV print on cowhide</span>34 x 74 1/2 in  (86.4 x 189.2 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0005&body=I am interested in finding out more about Shaman Coat 10 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Flying Sorcerer/ Alien Linguistic Lab</em><span class='media'>IKEA plate thrown, glued together, translated through morse code app, played through record player</span>8 x 8 in  (20.3 x 20.3 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0006&body=I am interested in finding out more about Flying Sorcerer/ Alien Linguistic Lab by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Octopus Oracle / Alien Linguistic Lab</em><span class='media'>Satellite Dish / Linguine De Sepia</span>Dimensions variable<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0007&body=I am interested in finding out more about Octopus Oracle / Alien Linguistic Lab by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, Opium</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0008&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, Opium by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, Valium</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0009&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, Valium by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, Ketamine</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0010&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, Ketamine by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, Acetylcholine</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0011&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, Acetylcholine by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, Estrogen</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0012&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, Estrogen by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>All You Can Feel / Planets, MDMA</em><span class='media'>Substance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print</span>27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in  (70 x 70 cm)<br>2013<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0013&body=I am interested in finding out more about All You Can Feel / Planets, MDMA by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
<p><span class="name">Sarah Schönfeld</span><br><em>Shaman Coat 4 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment</em><span class='media'>UV print on cowhide</span>43 1/4 x 82 5/8 in  (110 x 210 cm)<br>2017<br><a class='inquire' href='mailto:info@gildargallery.com?subject=Artwork Inquiry SSCH0014&body=I am interested in finding out more about Shaman Coat 4 / Shamanistic Travel Equipment by Sarah Schönfeld'>Inquire</a></p>
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Sarah Schönfeld
Shaman Coat 7 / Shamanastic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide56 x 71 in (142.2 x 180.3 cm)
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
Shaman Coat 8 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide30 1/2 x 83 in (77.5 x 210.8 cm)
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
Shaman Coat 9 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide36 x 57 in (91.4 x 144.8 cm)
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
Shaman Coat 10 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide34 x 74 1/2 in (86.4 x 189.2 cm)
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
Flying Sorcerer/ Alien Linguistic LabIKEA plate thrown, glued together, translated through morse code app, played through record player8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
Octopus Oracle / Alien Linguistic LabSatellite Dish / Linguine De SepiaDimensions variable
2017
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, OpiumSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, ValiumSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, KetamineSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, AcetylcholineSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, EstrogenSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
All You Can Feel / Planets, MDMASubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
2013
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Sarah Schönfeld
Shaman Coat 4 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide43 1/4 x 82 5/8 in (110 x 210 cm)
2017
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Gildar Gallery presents Alien Linguistic Lab, the US solo debut of Berlin-based artist Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld. Sch  nfeld’s broad practice encompassing sculpture, performance, installation, and photography is informed as much by indigenous perspectivism as the spiritual dimension of science and technology. In this exhibition, Schönfeld offers a series of treatments for our current state of anxiety and alienation in a globalized society, specifically focussing on the techno-sociological conclusion that UFO's are manifestations of nuclear angst, a thesis which gained prominence in the 1950s. Schönfeld suggests that this manifestation of stress could be understood as imbalance in the spirit world and mental health issues alike. She examines several methods to escape, eliminate, include and defend these spirits or disease by comparing strategies like pharmacology, shamanism, psychotherapy, magic rituals, space travel, mythology and their different dimensions and potentialities.

Within the exhibition a variously related bodies of work come together to form the laboratory. Flying Sorcerer is an open workshop, an actualization of several medieval European and older South American traditions of intentionally destroying pottery, used in wedding and funeral rituals to scare bad spirits. Schönfeld re-appropriates and customizes this technique inviting the audience to throw saucers against the gallery wall in the exhibition. Using gravity as a controlled way of flying and crashing, the shivers (shiver meaning both “to tremble” and a piece of pottery) that have been shattered will be reassembled on site in an act of instant archaeology. These reformed objects will be listened to using a record player and a Morse App. The act of throwing objects as a domestic "reenactment" of the UFO phantasm, is supposed to enable us to get over the shiver and decode to the message of alienation. The complete product, now fractured, opens room for the metaphysical interpretation throughout its gaps.

This workshop is embedded in a presentation of imaginary tools and oracles, works developed by Schönfeld in recent years. In her series Shamanistic Space Travel Equipment, organic textures and cosmic imagery fuse into a single complex surface. Imagery from popular science-fiction films along with actual scientific images from NASA printed onto cowhide combine frontier mythologies in a process of physical alchemy. This altered traditional ritual-wear becomes a surface of both cosmic-scientific gnosis and blockbuster entertainment — helping spirits merge with technology. In the results from Schönfeld’s Pharmaceutical Cosmology Lab, the artist chemically transmogrifies a variety of anti-anxiety drugs to create visually hypnotising portraits. Forging the photo chemical surface of the negative with these psychoactive medications, the resulting photographic reactions appear as glowing planets of induced calm. Both of these series refer to the translation of cosmological metaphors of inner and outer space, as François Bucher puts it:

 

“These new radio telescopes can only show us what they heard and saw by way of their own theater of artificial color-coded images, catered pedagogically for our human perceptual apparatus. So in a sense those images are yet another story, another mythology fabricated in order to hint at something that is essentially incomprehensible.”

    Schönfeld’s choice of materials reflects the eclecticism of late-stage capitalism, where boundaries must be crossed to face complexity and the question of culture and nature has to be examined once more. In each of her works unexpected materials are playfully melded into specific perceptual treatments. With formal subtlety, the viewer’s senses are jostled until disciplinary boundaries selectively dissolve into conceptual portals, where loose threads cross, unsnarl, blend into new insights.

     

    More About the Artist

    Schönfeld studied under Lothar Baumgarten at The University of The Arts in Berlin. She has exhibited widely, including recent solo exhibitions at Zabriskie Point in Geneva, Galleria Mario Iannelli in Rome, Dapiran Project Space in Amsterdam. She has participated in many institutional shows, including at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, the Kunstverein in Wolfsburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, the Museo Paco des Artes in Buenos Aires, the Muzeum Ludwig in Budapest, Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. Schönfeld’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, the Huffington Post, Der Spiegel, and Terremoto.She recieved the Stiftung Kunstfonds Germany and the Villa Aurora Residency Los Angeles amongst other grants.

     

     

    Selected Works

    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Shaman Coat 7 / Shamanastic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide56 x 71 in (142.2 x 180.3 cm)
      2017
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Shaman Coat 8 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide30 1/2 x 83 in (77.5 x 210.8 cm)
      2017
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Shaman Coat 9 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide36 x 57 in (91.4 x 144.8 cm)
      2017
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Shaman Coat 10 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide34 x 74 1/2 in (86.4 x 189.2 cm)
      2017
      Inquire

    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Flying Sorcerer/ Alien Linguistic LabIKEA plate thrown, glued together, translated through morse code app, played through record player8 x 8 in (20.3 x 20.3 cm)
      2017
      Inquire

    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Octopus Oracle / Alien Linguistic LabSatellite Dish / Linguine De SepiaDimensions variable
      2017
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, OpiumSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
      Inquire

    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, ValiumSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, KetamineSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, AcetylcholineSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, EstrogenSubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
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    • Sarah Schönfeld
      All You Can Feel / Planets, MDMASubstance on photo negative enlarged as C-Print27 1/2 x 27 1/2 in (70 x 70 cm)
      2013
      Inquire

    • Sarah Schönfeld
      Shaman Coat 4 / Shamanistic Travel EquipmentUV print on cowhide43 1/4 x 82 5/8 in (110 x 210 cm)
      2017
      Inquire