Present Through a Rear-View Mirror
solo exhibition at state in San Francisco, CA from August- October, 2017
state is pleased to announce Present Through a Rear-View Mirror by San Francisco-based artist Rachelle Reichert. This exhibition is the culmination of "Summer Home", state’s first ever residency program in which Reichert was chosen to create work on-site in the month leading up to her solo exhibition. Present Through a Rear-View Mirror is a collection of new works that address ideas about raw materials and their extractive economies. The artist offers a close reading of material by facilitating its decay, corrosion and metamorphosis. This careful way of looking draws both inspiration from and a contrast to technological forms of vision utilized in the exploitation of materials. Present Through a Rear-View Mirror will be on view from August 5 - September 23 with an opening reception on Saturday August 5 from 6-8 PM with the artist in attendance.
Originally trained as an academic oil painter, Rachelle Reichert has been working exclusively with terrestrial material over the past five years. For this exhibition, Reichert will be showing works made of salt and graphite. While the artist’s practice broadly questions humanity’s relationship to earthbound substances, this exhibition will emphasize the materials’ physical change —the slow “deep time” of geomorphology. Reichert elucidates:
Precarious states of transformation - entropic processes such as crystallization and corrosion - are observed. At a time when technology seeks to accelerate and disembody human experience, these observations point to larger processes that declare a primordial tempo and physicality.
The front gallery will display three large scale pieces, one of which was made at state—a ten foot by four foot piece of steel rusted over the course of the residency in a salt bath prepared by the artist in the gallery. Displayed on the floor and bent in an elegant arc, the work is a striking visual record of salt’s ability to hasten corrosion. The steel’s surface is marked with a crystallized texture that references the earth’s topography as seen from above. Untitled (Salt Circle), is a hanging wall piece of salt crystals bound by a circular ring of steel. Harvested by the artist off the southern shores of the San Francisco Bay, the material will slowly interact with its steel frame marking the chemical communication between salt and steel over time.
The exhibition also contains a collection of recent graphite drawings on panel and paper, that are abstract references to satellite images of Chinese graphite mines as they grow. The graphite from these mines is used not only for Reichert’s drawings (which bear the names of the mining regions in their titles), but also for “clean” technology like the lithium ion batteries used to power our cell phones and electric cars. On September 14 at 6:30pm Reichert will be in conversation with satellite earth-imaging specialist and designer Robert Simmon (NASA, Planet Labs) to discuss her work and its relationship to the human extraction and consumption of earth substances that we so often take for granted.