state presents Present Through a Rear-View Mirror by Rachelle Reichert

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

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, Reichert created all works in residence. 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.

Untitled, Iron and salt on paper, 9x11 inches, 2015 (R)
Liumao, graphite on panel, 72 x 72 inches, 2017 (L)

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.

“We look at the present through a rear-view mirror.
We march backwards into the future.”
-Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore
The Medium is the Message, 1967


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:

Rachelle Reichert working during her residency, photo courtesy of Miguel Aruzabe

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, such as Liumao (pictured right), that are abstract references to satellite images of Chinesegraphite 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.   

About the artist

Rachelle Reichert lives and works in San Francisco. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Select exhibitions include the German Consulate in New York City, SFMOMA Artist Gallery, Southern Exposure, and Mills College Art Museum. She was awarded residencies at Planet Labs, Can Serrat in Spain, and grants from the Susan Pilner Money for Women Artist Fund and the Russek Foundation. Her work has been reviewed and published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Make Magazine, and New American Paintings and is held in private collections such as Boston University Medical School, Red Bull Inc., and General Catalyst Ventures. This year Rachelle presented her artwork at the California Climate Change Symposium and has been granted a Research Ambassadorship from Planet Labs to create anthropogenic climate-related artwork. She earned her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a BFA from Boston University. To see her artwork visit  www.rachellereichert.com.

About state

state is a visual arts exhibition space in the Mission District of San Francisco. state exhibits contemporary art with an emphasis on Bay Area artists and project-based artwork. state is run by Danielle Smith and Kimberly Verde of FRAMEWORK.

August 5 - September 23
Artist’s Reception, Saturday, August 5, 6-8 PM
Artist in conversation with Robert Simmon, September 14, 6:30 PM
state | 1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA  94110 | statespacesf.com

Gallery Information:
12-5 Tuesday - Saturday
1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco 94110
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Follow us: @state_spacesf.com

Haute Tease

  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Mueller, ISIS Defeat, Brexit, NZ Unites, 2020 Election, Census

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Stopping short of total exoneration, Robert S. Mueller, Special Counsel Investigating the possibility of collusion between President Donald Trump and the Russians to secure a victory in the 2016 Presidential election, indicated the evidence was insufficient.

     
  • HL Tech: Top Ten TVs That Offer the Most for Your Money

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    From sports to streaming movies, today's best and most innovative televisions bring the theater experience into the living room. They generate stunning colors, contrast, clarity, resolution and audio, and they're complemented by an impressive menu of features. They're also prohibitively expensive for many buyers.  

  • Spectacular Art Deco Emeralds and Magnificent Diamonds Headline Bonhams First London Fine Jewellery Sale Of 2018

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Set to be some of the most talked about lots in Bonhams London Fine Jewellery sale next month (25 April) are three outstanding Art Deco jewels by Hennell who closed its doors for good in 2001.

     
  • Spring Temps Tease Thanksgiving Travelers

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Following a deep freeze that sent much of the nation into woolens and winter wardrobe, a quick spring thaw with warmer temps has caught the same plunging jet stream and will send a brief respite as far as Deep South.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Guns and The American People; Global Gun Violence; Sandy Hook, Charlie Hebdo; Club Renia, Pulse Nightclub; Chicago

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama moved ahead this week announcing his strategy during an emotional speech that turned from his usual objectivity to humanizing the victims remembering each of them, including the first graders of the Sandy Hook Massacre.

     
  • Andy Cooper and Sweden’s Easy Are Set to Drop New Albums Late January

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    For those into old school beats with a fresh sound, two artists Ugly Duckling's Andy Cooper, a hip hop/rapper in the Sugar Hill Gang style and the Swedish band Easy layered Indie Pop are bringing the funk, breaks and beats.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Top Ten List Reviewed; Economy/Climate; ObamaCare; Terror; Cuba/Asia; Bob Iger

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama unveiled his Top Ten list of "Reasons to be Optimistic in 2016", as he and his family and most elected officials head home for the holidays, the heart of America is still wounded and shaken.

     
  • Death of A Nation Review - A Mid-Term Republican Missile Aimed Right at Democratic Voters

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Death of a Nation, from Pure Flix and D'Souza Media, present a documentary that while interesting uses extreme tactics to drive home foregone conclusions regarding the Democratic candidates that may or may not be factual and true.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Little Men Director Ira Sachs and Star Theo Taplitz Talk On Hollywood Endings, Casting and Actors

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Little Men, from Magnolia Pictures and Directed by Ira Sachs, brings to the screen a contemporary drama on life, death, love, family, friendship and the realities of economic minded decisions in the real world.

     
  • Something Rotten Review – Raucous Surprises, a Roaring Good Time

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Something Rotten!, Broadway’s newest musical, is so fun it's hard to say for sure who was having a better time at the St. James Theater the other night, the audience or the actors and musicians on stage.  

     
  • Diamond Rivière Necklace Formerly Owned By Zsa Zsa Gabor At Bonhams New York

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A magnificent diamond rivière necklace formerly owned by Zsa Zsa Gabor – the women who stated she had never met a diamond she didn't like – is up for auction at Bonham's New York this December 4, 2017.

     
  • 2014 Program Promises Enchanted Evenings of Magical Music at Southern California’s Premiere Outdoor Venue Santa Anita Race Track

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    April 4, 2014, Arcadia – There is a buzz that begins around this time of year; a buzz that grows steadily, accompanying the anticipation of another unforgettable summer season of concerts by Maestro Victor Vener and his California Philharmonic.

     
  • Business News: China Retailers Romance The Singles Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    On Wednesday, Alibaba generated $14.3 billion in total sales during Singles' Day, the Chinese equivalent of Black Friday. The figure is a 53.7% increase from the company's previous Singles' Day sales record of $9.3 billion during the holiday last year.  

  • Jodie Foster And Dean Tavoularis To Receive AFI Conservatory Honorary Degrees

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The American Film Institute (AFI) announced it will confer AFI Conservatory Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees honoris causa upon Academy Award®-winning actor/director Jodie Foster and Academy Award®-winning production designer Dean Tavoularis, for their contributions to the art of the moving image.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Miranda Richardson Talks on Belle, Corsets, Costumes and Customs

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Miranda Richardson, from the Fox Searchlight Films "Belle," recently sat down to talk about the period film that is grabbing the attention of audiences around the world with its fresh script and exquisite direction.