URSULA SCHULZ-DORNBURG
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22. March - 14. April 2001


Neuhoff Gallery
New York


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© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg.

© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg.

© Ursula Schulz-Dornburg.




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Places of Transition

Ursula Schulz-Dornburg's photographs are of archaic architecture, from simple medieval chapels in the Northern region of Spain, to rock chambers along the border of Georgian - Azerbaijani. The work captures imagery which draws the viewer into the world of contemplation and revelation.

Along the pilgrim's path from Barcelona to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, are nine small chapels, the earliest dating from the 10th century. These structures are created for the contemplation of light. Concentrating on light Ursula Schulz-Dornburg has photographed, and successfully captured the essence of the pilgrim's voyage.

Each hermitage possesses small windows through which light falls. Due to the structure of the buildings there is an illuminating point of focus to contrast against the darkness. The concentration of light brings a sharpness to detail and the subtleties of the interior.

The other group of photographs take the viewer on a voyage along the Georgian Azerbaijani border in the Kachetien Desert. The imagery captures chambers chiseled by early Syrian Christians, who fled from religious prosecution.

These photos lead the viewer along a path through interior spaces, which are formed by solid structures of textured rock. The result is a sculptural space hollowed by man, formed by nature, and created for meditation. The cabornous surrounding encompass the composition, enclosing the viewer.

Overall, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg permits the viewer a sense of peace and comfort, and ultimately room for contemplation.

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