Black Crown Gallery, Oakland, CA
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.