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Elka Krajewska,
With Charlotte Mad-eline

Nov 20–Dec 18, 2016


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Soloway is pleased to present an exhibition by Elka Krajewska featuring a series of special events engaging her centerpiece installation Charlotte Mad-eline (formerly Charlotte Madeline, 2014). Mounted on a large table, Charlotte Mad-eline is a string instrument constructed of fishing-line and cardboard which blends sculpture, painting and projection. Viewers are invited to activate it, producing infinite combinations of sound and image.

Warsaw-born and New York-based Elka Krajewska shifts through various media in her work while utilizing interdisciplinary strategies and art-historical references laced with elements of her personal biography. Charlotte Mad-eline explores the artist's personal relationship with her parents. It emerged from her need to come to terms with her father's life-defining failure to pursue his career as a musician at the Warsaw Philharmonic after the end of Second World War. The cardboard "bridges" that form the piece are inspired by ballpoint sketches that Krajewska's mother had designed in her 44-year-long career as a costume pattern-maker.

The exhibition includes a set of photographs documenting landscape images generated by Charlotte Madeline (2014) and a limited edition of handmade posters created for the event. It further includes two new paintings (2016) by the artist: Wild Summit Blooms and Gora Rising in Protest (2016) - a painting celebrating Polish women's #blackprotest/#czarnyprotest strike and march on October 3, 2016.

Elka Krajewska's work is often based on collaboration. In this exhibition, the following guests will activate Charlotte Mad-eline in a series of Sunday Sessions at 4:00pm:

Nov 27- Bunita Marcus
Dec 4 - Gryphon Rue
Dec 11 - Felice Rosser
Dec 18 - Aki Onda

Bunita Marcus is a composer and conductor, appearing in concerts and festivals around the world. Marcus has written commissions for Bang on a Can All-Stars (Meet the Composers/Reader's Digest Consortium Commission), the Kronos Quartet, Aki Takahashi, NYSCA & the Gageego Ensemble, Morton Feldman and Soloists, Tokyo's "Sound-Space ARK" ensemble, and others. Her music has received awards from the National Endowment of the Arts (Composer's Fellowship), International Society of Contemporary Music, the League of Composers' National Competition, New York State Council on the Arts and the coveted Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at Darmstadt.

Gryphon Rue is a songwriter, producer, and curator. His music is based on acoustic and organic sounds, modified by electronic tools. He was raised between Woodstock, NY and Greenwich Village, and has created and curated diverse musical projects for the Calder Foundation. He is currently organizing Strange Attractor, an exhibition at Ballroom Marfa opening March 2017, exploring the uncertainties and poetics of natural and global networks, technological, financial, and psychological abstractions, and left-field music.

Felice Rosser is a singer, songwriter, bass player, actor and writer from Detroit, Michigan. Rosser leads the reggae/rock band Faith NYC, and released the Soul Secrets EP in 2016 on World Wide Vibe records.

Aki Onda is a composer, performer, and curator. Onda was born in Japan and resides in New York. He is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" — works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings. His on-going projects include "Nervous Magic Lantern" with Ken Jacobs, improvisation trio with Michael Snow and Alan Licht, visual-sound installation/performance with Raha Raissnia, and site-specific exploration with Akio Suzuki. Onda is a director of TPAM (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) in Japan.