Concert and Exhibition Opening

 October 23, 2021 
Exhibition Opening Meet the Artis - 6:00 pm
Performance - 7:00 pm

Stride Arts Exhibition Hall
1110 2 Ave F2, New York, NY 10022

Join Stride Arts in welcoming Hallo-weekend this year with a most unique episode of the Modern Arts Meets Chamber Music series: The End of Time by Salon Séance and In The Air by artist Kerstin Roolfs. From a comfortable gallery exhibiting abstract, automatic drawings and paintings by Kerstin Roolfs, dive into the history and emotional depth of classical music through a séance conducted in the form of concert theater. Creatively curated by world-class artists of numerous disciplines, Salon Séance’s special program delivers a connection between the soul and classical music one can only experience for themself. Surrounding this special musicianship will be Kerstin Roolfs’ abstract watercolor series and her newest works inspired by the pandemic.  Let us celebrate Halloween in séance-inspired attire as we trace through the automatic, free-spirited strokes of Roolf’s works and embark on a timeless musical journey with Salon Séance.

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An interdisciplinary series founded by violinist Mari Lee and researcher Simon Lee, Salon Séance creates experiences that reveal the timelessness of classical music through live performance and theatrical storytelling. Framed as a séance, each program invites the audience to the emotional depth of the music and its intersection with history and our lives. Developed in collaboration with world-class musicians, playwrights, actors, directors, designers, cinematographers, and researchers, our programs offer a new way of experiencing classical music: a concert theatre.

The End of Time

How do we find light in times of darkness? Salon Séance: The End of Time tells the story of four musicians captured by the Nazis, who transformed devastation into a new beginning. Let our séance take you to them, to experience their stories and the music they created together: Quartet for the End of Time.

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About the Exhibition
In The Air

October 23 - December 2, 2021

My main interest is to explore the world, people and relations around me. My works are oil or mixed media paintings, drawings, wood or linoleum prints and installations. The images I use in my work are often based on self-made or collected photos combined with literature, poems or phrases. I use digital tools in order to layer text, photos, and images and combine them to create a new work. Photo and text based collages will often merge into watercolor and ink drawings and these are sometimes the starting point for my large scale oil paintings. 

The emphasis of the exhibition In the Air is based on my work during the pandemic. I noticed in 2019 all the beautiful, colorful medical and microscopic images, often depicting viruses, including corona viruses. I used these microscopic images, altering them with photoshop, to create a series of watercolors on canvas. I continued this abstract series until the news of the pandemic broke. 

Once it was established that we were in a pandemic, my work shifted to automatic drawing and painting. Automatic drawings or unplanned drawings were made famous by the Surrealist movement. My ink and watercolor drawings 2020-2021 depict heads, which share space with spheres. 

I first developed these androgynous head and figure shapes when I moved to New York in 1995. The watercolor spheres appeared much later in my work around 2015, and I have combined these symbols in my most recent automatic drawings. 

In the Air includes my recent work of large scale figurative oil paintings, abstract watercolor paintings and automatic ink and watercolor drawings. Kerstin Roolfs

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Exhibition:In The Air 

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In the Water, 2020
oil on canva/yute, 95x80 inch

Beings, 2020

Ink/watercolor on cold press. 300 GSM paper, 12 x 12 Inch

Woman, 2000

Oil on Linen, 70 x 60 inch

MV-I, 2020

watercolor on canvas, 30 x 30 Inch