Via Appia

Polly Apfelbaum, Isa Melsheimer

 

 

With „Via Appia“ Galerie nächst St. Stephan – Rosemarie Schwarzwälder presents Polly Apfelbaum´s and Isa Melsheimer´s first collaboration. The idea for this was born when the two artists met in Rome, in the Via Appia, in 2013.

After her large exhibition at Belvedere 21 last autumn, most people probably know Polly Apfelbaum´s work. In contrast to the big, one could even say monumental rugs shown there, the pieces of „Via Appia“ concentrate on the smaller format, and on snails: The large circles on the walls („Snail circle drawings“), as well as the accumulations on the floors („Snails: Born of the Fourth of July“ and „Snails: Forest Green“) and the ceramics („Snail environments“) point towards this animal that slowly advances along streets, with no known aim or goal. With Polly Apfelbaum´s inherent humour they symbolize an open development, a neutral movement, or – as the text for the exhibition suggests – the awareness of nature.

And at this point of become and decay on could fix the connection to Isa Melsheimer´s ceramic works: Both of the series shown in the exhibition are about buildings and time. „Metabolismus“ refers to the 1960ies Japanese architectural system of the same name, with the objective of the flexible house, in air and above water, corresponding to its inhabitants´ needs, like a metabolic process. „Communication with the Rotten Past“, as the opposite movement, is based on the ruin and decay of modern and contemporary architecture. Apart from all this – I really have to say it – Isa Melsheimer´s ceramics are really, really beautiful; as „Via Appia“ is altogether well worth seeing!

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

 

 

Venue:

Galerie nächst St. Stephan
Rosemarie Schwarzwälder
Grünangergasse 1
1010 Wien

 

 

www.schwarzwaelder.at

 

Content:

Header: Polly Apfelbaum, „Snail circle drawing“, 2018/2019, Gouache, Acryl auf Papier, 14-teilig, je Ø 110cm

1: Ausstellungsansicht Polly Apfelbaum, Isa Melsheimer, „Via Appia“; im Vordergrund: Isa Melsheimer, „Metabolit 3“, 2019, glasierte Keramik, 40,5 x 36 x 23cm; im Hintergrund: Polly Apfelbaum, „Snail circle drawing“, 2018/2019, Gouache, Acryl auf Papier, 14-teilig, je Ø 110cm

2: Isa Melsheimer; links: „Metabolit 1“, 2019, glasierte Keramik, 37 x 36 x 32cm; rechts: „Communication with the Rotten Past XII“, 2019, glasierte Keramik, 70 x 50 x 39cm

3: Ausstellungsansicht Polly Apfelbaum, Isa Melsheimer, „Via Appia“

4: Polly Apfelbaum, „Snails: Born of the Fourth of July“, 1999, Kunstsamt, Stofffarbe, ca. 106,5 x 152,5cm

5: Isa Melsheim; links: „Trekking Mask IX“, 2018, Stoff, Draht, Faden, 35 x 25 x 12cm; rechts: „Sector 591“, 2017, Gouache auf Papier, 42 x 56cm

6: Isa Melsheimer, „Communication with the Rotten Past IX“, 2019, glasierte Keramik, 57 x 57 x 72cm

7: links: Polly Apfekbaum, „Snails: Forest Green“, 1999, Kunstsamt, Stofffarbe, ca. 122 x 112cm; rechts: Isa Melsheimer, „Communication with the Rotten Past IX“, 2019, glasierte Keramik, 57 x 57 x 72cm