Art > BackwardFuture

graphite on panel
dimensions vary
Graphite on panel
72 x 60 inches
Hexagons 4
96 x 52"
Hexagons 5
graphite on panel
50 x 30 inches (dimensions vary based on installation)
Untitled (Hexagons 3)
graphite on panel
50 x 24 inches (variable)
Untitled (Milkshakes and the Milky Way)
Graphite and inkjet print on wood panel
9 x 12”
Astral Fever
graphite on paper
9.75 x 12.25 in. (framed)

Black Crown Gallery, Oakland, CA
September-October 2017

BackwardFuture, a solo exhibition by Rachelle Reichert, is organized along themes running through her research-based practice. Working primarily with salt and graphite as the foundation for her explorations, Reichert’s work is developed from a consideration of the systems of extraction, the industrial applications, and the ecological impact of these mined materials.

In Backward Future, Reichert draws from satellite imagery of proliferate graphite mines. She creates abstract representations with the mined graphite making use of a reductive process utilized in the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries —emphasizing the material’s technological applications and profound impact.

This exhibition is presented as part of parallel exhibitions along with Present Through a Rear-View Mirror at state, in which Reichert enlists entropic processes—crystallization, decay and corrosion—as agents in transforming earthbound materials over time to produce works that investigate the topography of extractive economies.