Gabriela Jolowicz is a woodcut artist from Germany. She completed her diploma and post-graduate studies at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. Her works have been shown in numerous international group and solo exhibitions. She was awarded the first prize at the International Woodcut Art Competition of the KSK Ludwigsburg in 2012 and the Artist in Residence Award of Black Church Print Studios in Dublin 2016. She currently holds teaching assignments at the HfK Bremen and HGB Leipzig. Gabriela lives and works in Berlin.
The woodcut is a visual medium of the past. As the earliest mass media, woodcuts first were distributed in the form of affordable single prints, depicting religious scenes. They were mostly crudely executed and printed from one block in black. These oldest examples come to mind when looking at Gabriela Jolowicz’s woodcuts for the first time. What follows is a feeling of discrepancy: the palpable overflow of information with which we deal today, in comparison to the slowness of cutting into wood to retell events. This notion is amplified when mobile phones and other modern imagery appear on these woodcuts, showing the present through the medium of the past.
The various parts of her woodcuts are assembled like a collage: they derive from memory or are sourced through online search engines, and range from book illustrations, photos, life drawings to found materials, conversations and imagination. A closer look quickly dissuades the viewer that these woodcuts could actually represent real life depictions.
Violinist Guy Braunstein was born in Tel Aviv and studied under the guidance of Chaim Taub and later in New York with Glenn Dicterow and Pinchas Zuckerman. He started performing as an international soloist and a chamber musician at a young age and has since performed with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. His chamber music collaborations have included projects with Issac Stern, András Schiff, Zubin Mehta, Maurizio Pollini, Yefim Bronfman, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Mitsuko Uchida and Angelika Kirschlager to name a few. He was the youngest person ever to be appointed concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2000, a position he held for twelve years before leaving to pursue his solo career. Recent highlights include the position of Artist-in-Residence with the Trondheim Symphoniker for the 17/18 season which showcased Guy’s multi-faceted musicianship with projects as both conductor and soloist. Further highlights include concerto debuts with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & the Tampere Philharmonia. Recent conducting highlights include debuts with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as well as returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal for recital performances at the Elbphilharmonie with the Hamburger Symphoniker, where he holds the position of Associate Artist. Highlights in 18/19 include return concerts as both soloist and conductor with the Trondheim Symphoniker and Hamburger Symphoniker as well as a concerto debut with the Ulster Orchestra. Guy will also debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra as both soloist and conductor in the same concert. Guy plays a rare violin made by Francesco Roggieri in 1679.