Artist & Scientist in Conversation: Rachelle Reichert & Robert Simmon
On the occasion of the solo show at State in September 2017, San Francisco-based artist Rachelle Reichert invited data scientist Robert Simmon (Planet Labs, NASA) to discuss their particular approaches to working with satellite imagery of the Earth.
Solo exhibition, Present Through a Rear-View Mirror at state, August 5 - September 23, 2017. Opening reception, August 5, 6-8pm at 1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco
Solo exhibition, Backward into the Future at Black Crown Gallery. September 8 - October 14, 2017. Opening reception, September 8, 6-9pm at 814 Alice Street, Oakland, CA.
Origins: Raw and Refined at Monterey Peninsula Collage, Monterey, CA
Solo show at Some.Time.Salon
Rachelle Reichert | The Earth Rolls from Under
Opening Saturday, September 17th, 4 - 7 PM
On view through November 6th, 2016 | Wednesdays 5 - 9 PM & by appointment
91 Walter Street, San Francisco
Rachelle Reichert researches the usages and associations of her mediums by weaving story lines of scientific innovation and ecology into her art. At Some.Time.Salon (STS), Reichert will show work created while an artist in residence at Planet Labs (an earth imaging and aerospace company based in San Francisco) and Signal Fire (a weeklong camping residency in the Cascade Range near Portland, OR).
In The Earth Rolls from Under, Reichert uses drawing to explore the distance between a personal understanding of humanity’s impact on the planet and the representation of this impact depicted in satellite photography. During the settlement of the American West, the exploitation of natural resources occurred in conjunction with the glorification of the West as an idea - a sublime landscape imagined and reproduced in epic paintings by artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church. Satellite images are hybridized, composite mosaics of photographs from varying dates and times woven together to create the most compelling image (and to hide proprietary technology from competitors). Reichert’s work investigates the implications of these manipulated photographs and the consequences of not acknowledging the scars our consumption has created on the Earth’s delicate surface.
A series of small graphite drawings depict the Fort McMurray fires at the Tar Sands in Canada. These fires and the fossil fuel extraction surrounding them sparked a national debate on climate change. Reichert references the unedited images that do not reach public consumption. The resulting works are subtly abstracted aerial landscapes playing with the dichotomies of light and dark and geometric and organic form. Bulbous clouds drift toward the viewer and large triangular planes of solid graphite slash through the compositions.
In the largest piece on view, rectangular and spherical shapes filled with graphite drawing bisect and overlap at odd angles, visually mimicking the way satellite imagery is collaged. Reichert drew from satellite images taken of the land during the time she was camping on Mt. Hood for the Signal Fire residency. Reichert’s drawing aims to expose the deforestation threatening that wilderness and how the manipulation of the satellite imagery may mask this fragmentation.
With ancestors in Italy, Reichert became interested in Carrara marble, which comes from a famous mountain that has been mined for over two thousand years and used in iconic examples of art and architecture such as the Pantheon and Michelangelo’s Pieta. She finds irregular scraps from the supplier rather than paying for new material. A marble sculpture imitates the peaks and valleys of mountainous terrain absent from Reichert’s drawings. The piece instills upon the viewer an enduring theme in all of Reichert’s work - the preciousness of this Earth and the care with which we should approach it so it does not become thus - cold and barren stone.
Some.Time.Salon hosts solo and two-person exhibitions by emerging artists. We welcome visitors to informal gatherings, intimate dinner parties, and workshops, inviting close looking and fostering direct engagement with art and artists.
Group Exhibition with Mixed Use at Minnesota Street Projects
I'm excited to announce that I will have some of my work in an upcoming exhibition at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco, featuring new and recent works by a group of artists from the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, June 4th from 6–9PM.
Carolyn Janssen, Joel Frank, Lukas Geronimas, Maggie Preston, Matthew Abbott, Matthew Craven, Randy Colosky and Rachelle Reichert
June 4–July 2, 2016
Minnesota Street Project, Gallery #200
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
SALT at Bridgemaker Arts in Richmond, CA from February 27-March 26
I'll be giving a lecture on salt in the Bay Area on March 22 at 7pm.
Barbara Boissevain, Rachelle Reichert, Kevin Keul & Meri Page
curated by Gwynessa Aetherwyn
BridgeMakerARTS is pleased to have Curator Gwynessa Aetherwyn who brings together four artists who have delved into the mysteries of the mineral Salt.
Salt has such a complex history and varied usage that books have been written about it. Sharing an ecological viewpoint and critique of the process of mining salt, both Barbara and Kevin make note of the price our land pays for its production. Their work highlights the unique way that distance can often create beauty from ugly places.
Meri and Rachelle deal with salt in the finite, seeing it as a rock and mineral that they manipulate into sculpture. Both Meri and Rachelle work with salt as the crystal it is and give it the freedom to do what it will in their art – create or corrode. Their pieces have a delicacy and textural seductiveness that serves as a micro view in contrast to their fellow artists’ macro view.
Being aware of salt’s rich history, the artists reference value, religion, gluttony, and science in their work. Combined into this show, the crystals show off their many facets, in a continuum from beauty to destruction.
The Alchemist, at Root Division in San Francisco.
2nd Sat Reception:
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Apr 6, 2016 to Apr 23, 2016
Gallery Hours (or by appointment):
The Alchemist is a group exhibition of artists whose practice includes alternative processes and the transformation of raw materials in unexpected ways.
Alchemy, the medieval predecessor to chemistry was a mystically charged field of research dedicated to the transformation of matter, particularly the conversion of base metals in to gold, or the preparation of a a life prolonging "universal elixir." Seeking the highest form of knowledge through this pursuit, alchemists dedicated their lives to crafting recipes, tinctures, and experiments.
The artists in this exhibition are dedicated to a similar practice, and through their inquisitive and experimental practices convert base materials into higher artistic forms. Working with surprising materials and processes this group show highlights innovation and experimentation as the highest form of artistic wizardry.
The Alchemist is presented in conjunction with Root Division’s annual culinary fundraiser, TASTE, an evening of artfully inspired food and drink made onsite. Some of our favorite contemporary alchemists--the chef, the baker, the barista and the mixologist will be conjuring up colorful experiments and irresistible concoctions in the gallery, illuminating the magical transformations that occur both in the studio and in the kitchen. For tickets visit: www.rootdivision.org/taste-2016.
Mills College MFA Exhibition
Terra Incognita: 2015 Mills College MFA Thesis Exhibition
Please join me at the opening!
Saturday, May 2, 2015
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
On view Sunday, May 2nd-31st, 2015.
Megan Ender, Jackie Farkas, Sara Kerr, Kevin Keul, Malena Lopez-Maggi, Dani Padgett, Christine Patterson, Jess Smith, Rachelle Reichert, and Miranda Robbins.
stARTup Art Fair San Francisco- exhibition and artist in residence
stARTup Art Fair | San Francisco
I will be exhibiting my work with Root Division at the stARTup Art Fair
May 3-5, 2015
Hotel del Sol, San Francisco
Artist Residence- Sunday May 3rd, 12-2:30pm
stARTup Art Fair- Hotel del Sol
Come by for Drawing in the Round, a drawing game created in collaboration with Sara Kerr
Incline Gallery Anniversary Show!
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Dates: December 5, 2014 – December 31, 2014
Incline Gallery is turning 4! Join us and 30 artists to celebrate four full years of art life on the Incline ramps. Through the years we have had an eclectic mix of talented artists grace these walls. This exhibit celebrates the diverse talent and our continued efforts to support all artists in their journey. This evening will be filled with art, music, tamales, a raffle and a chance to help celebrate this great occasion with the Incline Familia.
Mills College Fall Open Studios 2014
Mills College Open Studios
Saturday, December 6, 12-5
Mills College, 5000 MacArther Blvd, Oakland
Juried Exhibition at Southern Exposure
Southern Exposure More Than One Way
Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
juried exhibition by Aandrea Stang
Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street, San Francisco
Screening: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Exhibition on View: November 21 – December 13, 2014
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Solo Exhibition at ProArts Gallery
Please join me for my quick solo exhibition at ProArts Gallery in Oakland, CA
*November 20, 2014
November 6 - November 21, 2014
Artists' Reception: First Friday, November 7, 6-8pm
Open House: Daily 2-4pm
Pictures, Featuring considers how performance shapes our experience of two-dimensional art.
Reveling in the unpredictability and open-endedness of performance, Pictures, Featuring will bring ten one-day solo exhibitions to Pro Arts. In a split gallery; one half of the space presents a single day exhibition, while the second half is in transition. The next day the spaces flip. Through making visible the process of exhibitions – gallery visitors can witness the complete cycle of install, exhibition and deinstall – Pictures, Featuring offers a peep into the multidimensional practices of ten ‘picture’ artists.
Featured Artists: Zina Al-Shukri, Dru Anderson, Sebastian Caceres, James Gouldthorpe, Emanuela Iuliana Harris-Sintamarian, Toby Kahn, Raphael Noz, Rachelle Reichert, Gabrielle Teschner, Emma Webster
*Mills College MFA Thesis Fundraiser * *Side Projects* Incline Gallery 766 Valencia Street, SF (between 18th & 19th St.) *Friday October 24th, from 6- 9pm*
Exhibition at SFMOMA Artist Gallery
Daniel Grant, Rachelle Reichert
March 8 – April 17, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, March 8, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In the photographic series My Affair with Diana, Daniel Grant captures compelling vignettes of women using a Diana: a midcentury plastic camera embraced by contemporary artists for its simplicity of use, expressive results, and iconic square format. He used the same camera while traveling through the United States, Mexico, and Europe and found the photographs it produced favorably unpredictable: alternately crisp, then unfocused; moody, then stunning. These qualities prompted his use of the Diana for this photographic essay on the female form and the symbolic embodiment of the feminine as muse. The bodies he photographs morph from shadowed to brilliant, hard-edged to soft, as the arbitrary focus and pinhole vignettes characteristic of the camera lend at one moment a dramatic chiaroscuro and at another a dreamlike pictorialism. Equating the Diana with a lover, the series title hints at the shifting landscape of intimacy ― and implies that the greatest love affairs are those between artists and their work.
Rachelle Reichert's large-scale graphite drawings of figures and flowers reference seventeenth-century vanitas painting, Renaissance nudes, Dutch floral painting, and contemporary advertisements, responding to notions of beauty, desire, and the feminine in classical and modern culture. By obscuring and erasing female nudes, often with flowers piled over their heads or encroaching on their bodies from all sides, Reichert alludes to the homogenizing erasure effected by the pursuit of beauty and the fleeting nature of the ideal in the face of inevitable decay and death. Magnifying the material of drawing, Reichert includes abstract explorations of the medium of graphite, a dense form of carbon — essential to all of life, and that which remains after incineration. Seen side by side, her works expand and contract drawing from its traditional forms, moving from highly detailed figure and still-life works to conceptual and formal acts of drawing realized as sculpture, photography, and installation. In this body of work Reichert pushes beyond the edges of drawing to consider perception, materiality, and formation. She reveals elemental qualities of the artist's creative process and the corresponding qualities in natureis cycles of regeneration, perfection, decay, and death.
Source: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
MFA 2015 Candidate at Mills College, Oakland, CA