Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity
Baltimore, MD — Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity, a solo exhibition showcasing multiple large scale sculptural works will be presented at Goucher College’s Silber Art Gallery in the Sandy J. Ungar Athenaeum from October 24 through December 10, 2017.
Rachel Rotenberg’s wood sculptures transform gallery spaces into amorphous worlds that are populated by sensually curving surfaces, intriguingly formed negative spaces, and forceful volumes. Implying movement, these suggestive forms make visible the symbiotic relationship between the intellect and the physical – each one echoing the other. Rotenberg says, “I begin my creative process with pencil drawings. They help narrate my internal dialogue and enable me to work through my ideas until a leading image emerges. Once I commit to a form I begin to cut, glue, and join wood beams to one another, often returning to my sketch book to solve issues that arise. In this way I navigate through each piece; I build, grind, and sand to further articulate form, texture, and detail.” Though wholly abstract, these works remain visual metaphors of conscious and subconscious thought. The artists’ mind flows and the internal logic of the work is made visible to the viewer; their mystery beckoning the audience to come closer; to linger. Often, stains and colors are applied to the finished pieces. Like faint memories; subtle, yet present, the pigments do not over power the forms but rather heighten or draw attention to each of the fragmented parts. Each individual work represents an amalgam of these multifaceted symbiotic relationships, yet, once complete, they create a cohesive whole.
Rachel Rotenberg was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, and York University, in Toronto. In 1984 she moved to a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn, where she began to work with wood as her primary medium. Relocating to Baltimore in 1994, she juggled financial employment, and raising her five children with her commitment to her sculpture by annexing a studio beside her residence. Since 2015 Rotenberg divides her studio work between Baltimore and Tekoa, Israel.
Rachel Rotenberg has received artist grants from the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund, the Harold and Ruth Chenven Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has also received a Creative Baltimore Individual Artist Award, and grants from the Art Bank of Canada and the E.D. Foundation.
Rotenberg has exhibited her sculpture in the United States, including The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Delaware Art Museum, Creative Alliance of Baltimore, The McLean Project for the Arts, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Hillyer Art Gallery in Washington DC, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Marianne Boesky and Lori Bookstein Galleries in New York, Mount St. Mary’s University, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, The Washington County Museum of Art and many Baltimore area galleries. Rotenberg is currently involved in an extended project in Columbia, Maryland with the Howard Hughes Corporation.
This exhibit, which is free, open to the public, and accessible to all, can be viewed Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist’s reception and talk will be held Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please visit http://www.goucher.edu/silber or call 410-337-6477 for more information.
Please note Goucher’s campus will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday November 22-26, 2017.
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:00am to 4:00pm
Silber Art Gallery, the Athenaeum 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21234