Writing published for SFMOMA Public Knowledge, The Stacks
Talking Climate Change Through Art and China. SFMOMA Public Knowledge, The Stacks 2019, co-written with Annie Malcolm
image: Zhou Tao The Worldly Cave [Fán Dòng] 2017, video still. Courtesy the artist and Vitamin Creative Space
Exhibition at San Diego Art Institute
San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
February 16 - March 31, 2019
Curated by Carlos Castro Arias & Sarah Trujillo-Porter, Deviate / Landscape revolves around contemporary approaches to artmaking that deal with the idea of landscape as a constructed and deconstructed space. The selected artists use painting, video, installation, photography and other mediums to explore landscape. The selected works use landscape as a metaphor for time and transformation but also highlight contemporary political and environmental issues.
Lana Z Caplan
Jessica Ling Findley
Adam John Manley
Incendiary Traces (Hillary Mushkin)
Bradley Gray Tucker
Group Exhibition at SEPTEMBER Gallery
Recognize you when she sees you,
Give you the things she has for you (group exhibition)
SEPTEMBER Gallery, Hudson, NY
November 10, 2018 - February 3, 2019
SEPTEMBER presents “Recognize you when she sees you, Give you the things she has for you,” an exhibition of artists’ books from unique books to limited editions. Artists included are: Sonia Almeida, Polly Apfelbaum, Annie Bielski, Nancy Bowen, Sarah Braman, Dawn Breeze, Ria Brodell, A.K. Burns and Sophie Mormer, Cynthia Daignault and Curran Hatleberg, Patricia Fernández, Lilah Friedland, Kate Gilmore, Joanne Greenbaum, Bibbe Hanson, Tamar Halpern, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Laleh Khorramian, Melinda Keifer, Rosy Keyser, Rebecca Loyche, Shanekia McIntosh and Hudson Public Library, Xander Marro, Mallory Murphy, Kate Newby, Emma Ressel, Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, Rachelle Reichert, Incident Report, Karla Roberts, Kay Rosen, Brie Ruais, Carrie Schneider, Nancy Shaver and Jackson, Barb Smith, Laurel Sparks, Odessa Straub, Brittany Tucker, Katharine Umsted, Marianne Vitale, Letha Wilson, Carmen Winant, Sun You, and Suzanna Zak.
An intimate experience of an artwork is a privilege. To handle a work of art is to come to terms with its object-hood, to understand its materiality and impermanence. It is an investigation, a desire to comprehend a work’s own language of shape and material. From unlimited zines printed on Xerox paper, to unique works with folded inserts, the artist book cannot be verbally or visually summarized; it must be opened, pages turned, textures felt, orientation moved. From closely guarded sketchbooks to finely bound autobiographical reckonings, the artist book demands individual interaction and contemplation.
The artist who undertakes a work in book form does so in anticipation of it being held and materially comprehended. An artist highlights old tomes in bright hues with patterns set over text, both illuminating and hindering your attempts to understand the information of the original. She collects images of hundreds of births and jams them together, putting on display the raw bodily carnage of childbirth while couching it in a universality that numbs shock and induces awe. She cuts, inserts, layers, and folds pages with landscape images, creating textured collages with absences for you to maneuver. She wraps covers with fur inciting a soft and wild fragility.
Exhibition title adapted from John Ashbery’s poem At North Farm.
NY Book Fair with Sming Sming Books
I created a book with Sming Smimg books about my research on Chinese graphite mines.
Global China: Cross-Cultural Conversation on The Work of Art in the Age of the Anthropocene
Kim Anno;, MFA, Professor of Fine Art, California College of the Arts, Executive Director, Wild Projects, Visual artist
Rachel Stern, Ph.D., Professor of Law and Political Science, UC Berkeley, Author: Environmental Litigation in China: A Study in Political Ambivalence
Winnie Wong, Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric, UC Berkeley, Author: Vangogh on Demand: China and the Readymade Moderator
Nancy Lim, assistant curator of painting at SFMOMA
Trace Evidence's public program will be a panel affiliated with Global Climate Action Summit, bringing together a unique mix of art world and climate change experts for a conversation about the work of visual representation in understanding and taking action on climate change.
Moderated by Nancy Lim, assistant curator of painting at SFMOMA, panel participants include experts from diverse geographic and disciplinary backgrounds.
Organized by Annie Malcolm and Rachelle Reichert.
This event has been organized In affiliation with the Global Climate Action Summit and in partnership with SFMOMA's Public Dialogue.
image: Mo Kong, See Sun, and Think the Shadow. 2016. video still. Courtesy of the Artist
New Curatorial Project- Trace Evidence: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue on Climate Change
Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA
Sept 8-29, 2018
Trace Evidence is a media exhibition at Minnesota Street Project in which visual artists Zhou Tao​, Mo Kong​, and Connie Zheng​ present works considering issues of environmental change focused on China. Trace Evidence will take place in affiliation with the Global Climate Action Summit and in partnership with SFMOMA Public Dialogue.
image: Zhou Tao, The Worldly Cave, 2017 video still. Courtesy of Vitamin Creative Space
Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at PNCA
Unwalking the West
Center for Contemporary Art & Culture
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209
Sep 6, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
The Center for Contemporary Art & Culture at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents Unwalking the West, a group exhibition of work by artists who participated in Signal Fire’s2016 programs. Signal Fire is a non-profit organization that connects artists with wildlands through expeditions, residencies, and other programs. The exhibition, curated by Signal Fire co-director Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, opens September 5 and runs through October 20, 2018. Signal Fire’s thematic wilderness retreats for artists focused in 2016 on retracing segments of European settler exploration and conquest in the reverse direction, as a way to interrogate assumed histories and connect volatile legacies of settler-colonialism to the present-day challenges in the “American West.” The artists, Sarah Farahat, Tanja Geis, Joe Hedges, Garrick Imatani, Emmy Lingscheit, Rachelle Reichert, Rick Silva, and Ilvs Strauss present work addressing climate change, meteorite repatriation, and the detritus of disaster capitalism.
Exhibition: ROOT DIVISION’S 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
2nd Sat Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 10, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Gallery Hours (or by appointment): Wednesday-Saturday, 2-6pm
Celebrate fifteen years of connecting creativity and community at Root Division with an exhibition, limited edition box set of prints, archive catalogue and evening of performances. The 15-Year Anniversary Exhibition features fifteen alumni from Root Division’s Studios Program, producing high caliber work in a variety of media.
15-Year Anniversary Exhibition Artists:
Kyong Ae Kim
Blanca Estela Rodríguez
Kevin E. Taylor
Image: Rachelle Reichert, Salt Circle (small), 2017. salt, wood, steel, resin. 13 x 13 in.
Artist Interview on Making Ways Podcast
I really enjoyed joining *Making Ways podcast- listen here! I share my story of finding my way as a fine artist, how I discovered salt as a medium for sculpture, and the support Root Division provided me in connecting with the amazing Bay Area arts community.
This episode is a part of Root Division's 15 year celebration. Hear all about my journey to making a life as an artist and how Root Division supports emerging artists.
Artwork Presented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting New Orleans
This week my artwork will be presented at the AGU meeting, the largest gathering of earth and space scientists in the world. More than 24,000 attendees from 113 countries are expected to attend the 2017 AGU Fall Meeting. The AGU Fall Meeting brings together leaders from academia, government, and the private sector to examine and discuss the latest research and scientific developments in earth and space science.
image: In the Air and on the Ground detail, 2016, graphite on paper, 40 x 50 inches
Curated Exhibition: Artists in the Estuary
Beneath the Surface: Artists in the Estuary
The State of the Estuary Conference, Oakland, CA
Beneath the Surface: Artists in the Estuary was curated specifically for the State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference, 2017 by Rachelle Reichert. A special thank you to the participating artists: Defne Beyce, Steven Garen, Tanja Geis, Kija Lucas, Miguel Arzabe, Renée Rhodes, Cristina Victor and to Caitlin Sweeney and the State of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership for the invitation to participate in the conference and their support in broadening the dialogue on the Estuary.
Image: participating artists (from left to right) Miguel Arzabe, Tanja Geis, Defne Beyce, Rachelle Reichert, Steven Garen, Renée Rhodes
Panelist: New Wave of Climate Resiliency at the SF State of the Estuary Conference
The State of the Estuary Conference
What is the next wave of climate resiliency? While the fires were burning north I sat down with some incredibly hard workers and thinkers for a public conversation to meditate on this question.
Letitia Grenier, Resilient Landscapes Program Director, SFEI
Kiran Jain, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Neighborly and former Chief Resiliency Officer, Oakland
Lindy Lowe, Planning Director, BCDC and moderated by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands
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.
Press: Bobcut Magazine
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.
Artwork Presented at 2017 California Climate Change Symposium
California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is the premier forum for the sharing of cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state. This research informs the state’s strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. California Climate Change Symposium 2017 is convened by California Natural Resources Agency, California Environmental Protection Agency, and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.
The 2017 symposium will feature preliminary reports from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, a status report on the state’s Climate Change Research Plan, as well as presentations on emerging research.
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.
Exhibition Catalogue Interview with Hung Liu forher solo exhibition at Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, New York
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.