Lost & Foundry Oakland presents Time Peace by Anja Ulfeldt
Lost & Foundry Oakland proudly presents an exhibition of new works by Artist in Residence, Anja Ulfeldt. Time Peace is the culmination of a 5-week residency featuring a series of rotary devices that measure time and symbolize its passage.
Six wall-mounted sculptures act as something akin to a rock tumbler, accelerating the process of daily wear and tear on objects donated by the public, gradually doing away with the associations and memories surrounding them. Containing special combinations of these donated specimens of human accumulation, and curated for maximum interaction, these kinetic sculptures move both human and object forward in time.
A large scale free-standing sculpture, The Hustle (working title), invites visitors to enter one of two walks of life: one a fast-moving hustle, the other a seductively soft resting place. These take the form of rotary drums sharing an axle and transmission. The gearing is designed so that the movement of the fast-paced climbers eventually destabilizes those lounging on the slow-moving side. These artworks are not passive objects, but rather they demand our awareness, one moment at a time. They examine the way we as a society assign value, build value systems, and accumulate perceived wealth.
Anja Ulfeldt is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with installation, sound, and performance. The daughter of a painter and an engineer, Anja grew up in Berkeley, CA, and earned her BFA from California College of the Arts in 2001 and her MFA from Stanford University in 2014. Her recent installations have become know as “performable objects” and are physical scenarios in which the participant becomes an impromptu performer. Ulfeldt says: “I see my work as a sort of research dealing with subconscious reaction, emotion and memory. My process is experimental and I am always the first test subject.”
Anja is the Co-Founder and Director of Basement Gallery Oakland (slated to reopen in May, 2015) as well as a founding member of the Artstead Boat Project, a floating venue for art and performance built from a converted potato barge. She is a recipient of the Visions from the New California Award in 2010, TSFF & SOMArts Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Award in 2013 and The AAF/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts in 2014 resulting in a three-week fellowship at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria.