As an artist who is drawn to exploration and storytelling, many of the places I’ve visited have been messy and oftentimes cluttered. Although sifting through it can be interesting and reveal much, it can also be quite overwhelming and results in a sort of visual flooding. Unoccupied is a body of work that explores places left behind, and the spaces shown were photographed exactly as found. The minimalist style allows the essence of what once was to fuse with each viewer’s experience in order to form an individualized story, and it also provides a nice break from the visual saturation we constantly face. In a complicated world, it’s nice to know that much is revealed through simplicity.
These images and the stories behind them will be included in Abandoned Illinois, which will be published in December of 2018.
As taken from http://bucktowngallery.com/call-artists-counterculture-hidden-stories-chicago-past-present:
This exhibition will give people the opportunity to to "ponder the erasure of people, places, and ideas that were once synonymous with Chicago culture and identity … as Chicago’s landscape continues its transformation and grows increasingly homogenous."
Two of my pieces, an 18x24 print of "MLK Day Chicago, 2018" and an editioned 20x16 print of "This Must Be the Place" from The Yellow Glove Series were juried into this National show. The opening will be on March 10th and the show will run through April 14th.
An editioned 20x16 print of "Steamed" from The Yellow Glove Series was juried into this International Art Show. It will open on Thursday, March 1st and will run through March 31st.
Website for Las Laguna Gallery: http://www.laslagunagallery.com/upcoming
Our studio, 204D, will be open and have new and old work on display and for sale during the restart of the 4th Fridays art event at Starline in Harvard, IL. Doors open at 6. Check out the latest blog to see some of what will be featured!
A variety of my work was shown at this high energy and creatively run show at Dovetail Brewery in Chicago, IL. Approximately 30 artists of varying genres and ages were able to show their work at this pop up show to a large crowd of art enthusiasts, gallery owners, and curators.
About the show: At each of the quarterly exhibits, a panel of industry experts, including gallery curators and owners, vote to award one artist with our prestigious ‘Award for Excellence’ by considering the following: Originality, Craftsmanship and Presentation. There are also two Honorable Mentions awarded. I am proud to say my exhibit was awarded one of the two Honorable Mentions.
Websites of interest:
Conception Arts Homepage: https://www.conceptionarts.com/
My Conception Arts Artist Page: https://www.conceptionarts.com/dashboard
Press about Conception Arts:
Huffington Post: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-nadel/rachel-wilkins-arts-crusa_b_14350350.html
New York Business Journal: https://www.bizjournals.com/newyork/news/2016/03/04/rachel-wilkins-blum-conception-events-influence.html
Epicure & Culture: https://epicureandculture.com/pop-ups-around-world/
The Source: http://thesource.com/2015/11/25/art-basel-to-showcase-first-exclusively-female-run-fair/
Queens Tribune: http://queenstribune.com/lic-gallery-celebrates-women-through-art/
L'Etage Magazine: http://www.letagemagazine.com/conception-contemporary-art-fair-nyc/
The Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/articles/art-in-queenswho-knew-1417478872
Liverpool Echo: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/conception-events-albert-dock-liverpool-8098096
This show was held at the Ashton Gallery in Art on 30th in San Diego, CA. The show was juried by Jessa S. Jacobs, CUratorial Manager at the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California. "Walk Away", 24x18 editioned (1/15) piece, was on display, won honorable mention, and sold on opening night, along with another print after the show, piece 2/15.
Website for Ashton Gallery: https://www.ashtonartgallery.com/current.html
Website for Art on 30th: https://www.arton30th.com/
"Orange is the New Black" the book: https://issuu.com/kristenide/docs/orangeisthenewblack
Facebook Page for Art on 30th: https://www.facebook.com/Ashton-Gallery-at-Art-On-30th-1534539343505635/
This show will feature 12 images, some which have been printed and some that have not, for the next month at McHenry County College's Epping Gallery, which is located on the first floor near the gymnasium and cafeteria, across from the bookstore.
A selection of images from the Yellow Glove Series will be displayed and for sale all month at Ethereal Confections in Woodstock, IL.
This is a solo show featuring 17 of the images from The Yellow Glove Series.
I was invited to be the Artist of the Month in Nancy Merkling's studio during the August 2016 4th Fridays Art Event. Images from my "Yellow Glove Series" were the focus.