Julie Schenkelberg | TransMigration| Vote Code 63561

Cleveland, OH
Mixed Media, 2016

Artist Statement

I am transforming a house into sculpture. Growing up in Cleveland, I have imagined how the decaying city, in its mysterious state could be reborn into an artful story. I longed to honor the abandoned buildings’ history and recreate them into a new state of being. This is why I have entitled my project TransMigration, it is a rebirth to see a neglected structure breath into another form. The house project is a female appropriation of large-scale sculpture; working on a massive scale has traditionally been a male artist’s language. My work is about splitting and investigating materials that belong to the history and psychology of the home, using a whole house as my medium, is a natural step into this exploration. The house is being relocated to a parking lot behind it, changing the address of the house. I am extracting the house to its original structure and making a series of 4′ by 2′ cuts around the exterior and interior, with light projection through it in the evening.

Reflexión del Artista

Estoy transformando una casa en escultura. Habiendo crecido en Cleveland, imaginé cómo la ciudad en deterioro, en su misterioso estado, podría renacer en una historia ingeniosa. Quería honrar la historia de los edificios abandonados y recrearlos en un nuevo estado existencial. Es por esto que llamé a mi proyecto TransMigration. Es un renacimiento para ver cómo una estructura descuidada adopta otra forma. El proyecto de la casa es una apropiación femenina de una escultura a gran escala. Trabajar a escala masiva tradicionalmente ha sido el lenguaje de artistas masculinos. Mi obra se trata de dividir e investigar materiales que pertenecen a la historia y psicología del hogar. Usar toda una casa como mi medio es un paso natural en esta exploración. La casa va a ser trasladada a un estacionamiento que se encuentra detrás la misma y se cambiará su dirección. Voy a extraer la casa a su estructura original y a hacer una serie de cortes de 4′ por 2′ alrededor del exterior e interior, con proyección del luz a través de la misma durante la noche.


Julie Schenkelberg was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a Brooklyn, NY based artist represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in Manhattan. Schenkelberg received a BA in art history at the College of Wooster, OH, and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY, with additional studies at SAIC at Oxbow, MI, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and the Institute of European Studies, Vienna. Her large-scale installations have been displayed in solo exhibitions at The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, and most recently at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh. Schenkelberg won the 2014 ArtPrize Installation Juried Award with the curatorial group SiTE:LAB for her installation “Symptomatic Constant”. She has received two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Harpo Foundation Grant, and was awarded a residency at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at 601 Artspace, New York, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, and Station Independent, New York. Press includes Artforum, Bloomberg, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, Art F City, The Huffington Post, Beautiful Decay and Ground Magazine, and she has been named one of “30 Artists to Watch” by NY Arts Magazine. Schenkelberg collaborated with SiTE:LAB at the UNTITLED. Miami art fair in December of 2015 in addition to a year long residency at Site:Lab’s Rumsey Street Project, and will be participating in Art Prize 2016 through the organization. Her large scale installation can also be seen at the Beeler Gallery at the Columbus College of Art and Design summer/fall of 2016.

This project was supported through an Artist Seed Grant from the Frey Foundation