Julie Schenkelberg uses vintage domestic items, combined with industrial discarded materials to explore and interpret personal history. Her materials twist, break and blend into one another, blurring their original intent; creating a new yet disjointed vision. The piece The Unfounded Future of the Untold, explores how the history of these objects are mishandled into a new exquisite form, through faulty interpretation or missing information. The installation re-imagines the future of the 54 Jefferson exhibition space with the intended objects, much like interpreting a tattered manual with missing pages. This installation is made of all locally sourced materials

Julie Schenkelberg was born in Cleveland in 1974. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Schenkelberg received a BA in art history at the College of Wooster, and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY, with additional studies at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and the Institute of European Studies, Vienna. She is represented at Asya Geisberg Gallery located in Chelsea in NYC and has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Cleveland. She has an upcoming exhibition in January at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Her theatrical training as a scenic painter has influenced her work through material use, construction ideas and enveloping the viewer in a moment. Her work displays the psychological confinement and dysfunction of domestic interior spaces, inspired by the decay of the post-industrial deconstruction of the Midwest’s former industrial centers.

Thanks to Lost and Found and PADNOS for their donation of materials for this project