September 3 – October 17
Common Ground Gallery
Living in the city, Koelblinger never looks up at the sky. But every time she travels outside city limits, she discovers that she has fallen victim to her own amnesia. Once hidden by the light of the buildings, the flood of stars reminds Koelblinger of her limited perspective. This awareness of her own perceptual limitations informs her current work. She is interested in the self-imposed blinders that we wear- what we choose to notice and what we unconsciously omit from our periphery. Her work unlocks default habits of looking, and draws viewer’s awareness to their own perception. Through presenting photographs in sculptural formats, she aims to disrupt traditional presentation methods, and propose new ways of viewing images. By constructing this call-and-response between sculptural forms and photographic imagery, she questions the assumption that an image exists solely as an artifact of a past moment. Koelblinger prioritizes the physical and psychological space a photograph occupies in the present. The photograph itself may not be wholly visible in one glance; instead, the viewing experience leads to discovery as the image unfolds in real time. In doing so, the viewer’s own physical presence becomes intertwined with the artwork, and the image is continuously in flux.
About the artist:
Sharon Koelblinger works in photography and sculpture, to explore the science of perception through the act of looking at photographs. She experiments with the material properties of the photograph, and incorporates multiple media such as sculpture, painting and performance to disrupt traditional presentation formats and propose new ways of seeing images. She has most recently exhibited her work in a solo exhibition at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia, group exhibitions at ACRE Projects in Chicago and The Sculpture Center in Cleveland. She has recently been awarded residencies at I-Park in Connecticut, Kimmel Harding Nelson in Nebraska, and ACRE in Wisconsin. Koelblinger holds an MFA in Photography from the Tyler School of Art, and a BFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.