Rachel Selekman: Making Connections

Byline: Artist exhibit opens September 4 in Lawrence Gallery

Posted: August 27, 2014

Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit “RACHEL SELEKMAN: MAKING CONNECTIONS” on display September 4 to October 5, 2014. An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 4 from 4 to 7 p.m., and Rachel Selekman will speak at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Rachel Selekman is a Brooklyn-based artist who grew up in Bala Cynwyd, PA. Her mixed-media sculptures include watering can bases and/or watering can remnants, stand-ins for the human body and skin, respectively, and explore the dynamics of relationships: how people engage and interact. Her collages address similar themes, employ a lexicon of images, and are built incrementally, often incorporating sewing.

In her works exhibited in Lawrence Gallery, Selekman continues to explore the interaction between objects and their observers. She addresses ideas of nurturing and growth with an array of materials, giving form and structure to abstract concepts. Selekman has used everyday items in her work for years and watering cans in particular since the mid-1990s, initially as metaphors for growth and nurturing, but now in broader ways, most often representing the body.

Whether working two or three dimensionally, referencing the body, utilizing everyday objects, and engaging the viewer with elements that literally or figuratively reach out and draw them in are paramount to Selekman’s work. Her works represent her continuing exploration of the human condition.

To accomplish this objective, the image above Mouth Wide Open, suggests the action is outward, like a scream. The form of the mouth resembles a gramophone horn and the pleated, multicolored fabric on the “horn’s” interior is a textured rainbow of expressive possibilities.

Selekman has shown at The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA; Elgin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY; Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne, Germany; E. A. Draper Showcase Gallery, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE.

Rachel Selekman is a graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows around the country. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


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Last Updated: August 27, 2014