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Anja Ulfeldt

Perpetual Moment

Exhibition Dates: Oct. 5 - 26, 2017

Artist Reception: Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Perpetual Moment features select works created between 2015 and 2017 by Oakland Artist, Anja Ulfeldt. An avid scavenger in art and life, Anja is committed to reducing waste through reuse and specifically seeks objects with a visible domestic or industrial history. Her live sound installation, Domestic Infrastructure #4, is an interactive fountain built from salvaged cast iron drain pipes. The sounds of water running through the installation are amplified to reveal a glimpse of the inner life of household plumbing.

A large portion of the works on view are made from materials and objects collected during Ulfeldt’s 2016/17 residency at the Recology San Francisco Transfer Station, AKA “the dump.” Struck by the definitive moment when something becomes trash, she works to redeem these items by shifting their context and giving them a new purpose. Many of these kinetic sculptures appear to be caught in a circular thought or repetitive action, their nearness to obsolescence highlighted by the absurdity of their function as art.

Ageing and disrepair are recurring themes visible throughout the gallery in the form of leaking plumbing, threadbare carpet, broken glass, and objects subjected to endless wear and tear. On the back wall, three rotating drums resembling rock tumblers slowly churn donated personal objects in an endless spin cycle. The story behind this series revolves around the subjective nature of sentimental value. The artist asked members of her community to donate something personal that they were ready to let go of. She then sealed them into the tumblers she lovingly built to carry them to the end of their lifespan. These pieces are called “Time Machines” because they move their contents forward in time through increased wear and tear.

The newest works in the show are two kinetic sound sculptures that use static electricity to produce movement and light, not to mention sparks! Stemming from experiments Anja began at the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, these small scale sculptures combine her interest in electronics and her attraction to natural phenomena.

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