If You Like Piña Coladas, a solo exhibition of sculptural paintings by multi-disciplinary artist Rachel Klinghoffer, curated by Lauren Powell, is on view at the One River School
in Woodbury, New York from November 14, 2020 - January 16, 2021.
The works in this exhibition provide a ray of light in hazy and uncertain times. They remind us of the power, joy, comfort, safety, and possibility that can reside within our own nostalgia, if we so choose to see with that perspective.
Created while sheltering in place with her husband and two young children at their home in South Orange, NJ, the works in If You Like Piña Coladas combine personal ephemera (used lingerie, souvenirs and studio refuse) to create prismatic, self-narratives that recycle Klinghoffers own joyful memories into hope and optimism for the viewer. Materials ranging from balloons from her son being brought home from the hospital when he was born, a copy of the ketubah that belongs to her sisters family, a seashell found by her niece, a piece of a painting from friend, a piece of failed sculpture, drink stirrers from her Grandmother, bras from a collector, and a receipt from the kosher butcher provide a glimpse into what the artist holds onto. These objects are generously passed onto the viewer, completely transformed, sometimes unrecognizable, but the memory remains.
As we all currently seek safety and simplification, Klinghoffer found refuge focusing on imagery of humming horizon lines while isolated in her home studio. Recounted memories with family and friends inspired her to transform these objects into sunsets, oceans, and otherworldly atmospheres. This resolves into a bright horizon where personal ephemera emerge and submerge, floating through this unknown space, an atmosphere. The colors reference the Romantics, particularly the Hudson River School with its emphasis on subtleties and range of light. These relic-like assemblages reflect the artists personal connection to femininity, craft-making, Judaism, romance, pushing the definition of painting.
In the ever present dichotomy of these times, Klinghoffers paintings highlight this notion. In letting go and passing on instead of holding on, the artist has effectively transferred her joy onto others, igniting a possibility of change on the horizon and a glass-half-full perspective we can truly use right now.
Rachel Klinghoffer (b. New York, NY 1982) received her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting with honors from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with course work in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
By repurposing materials, making and remaking them into paintings and sculptures, Klinghoffer prompts a reimagining of uses for these relic-like objects. Articles reflect the artists personal connection to femininity, craft-making, Judaism, romance, pushing the definition of painting. Through time, the items become specimens, icons. They are poked, prodded, stained, sprayed, stroked, rubbed, dipped, then pulled, torn, cracked open and broken apart making up and becoming the new work.
Selected exhibitions: Solo project at the Skirt Space, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn NY; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, Deleware; Kristen Lorello, New York, NY; The BRIC Biennial III, Brooklyn, NY; Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, Dallas, TX; Rocklmann & Partner, Berlin, Germany; Hunter Project Space, New York, NY; Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York Flat File 2018, Brooklyn, NY; See You Next Thursday at Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn, NY; FAR x WIDE, Brooklyn, NY; Zero Zero, Los Angeles, CA; Ballast Projects and Alt Esc, Brooklyn, NY; SPRING/BREAK 2017, Cuevas Tilleard, New York, NY; The Willows, New York, NY; Fjord Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Interface Gallery, Oakland, CA; Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Philadelphia, PA; Ms. Barber's, Los Angeles, CA; Trestle Projects, Brooklyn, NY.
Lauren Powell (b. Detroit, MI 1984) is a curator, consultant, and contemporary art enthusiast who is deeply involved in both NYC and LAs art communities. In an effort to make art more accessible to all humans Powell started the art blog Art of This World in 2018. She empowers artists with disabilites through art experiences with Exceptional Artist Foundation, and is coordinating a private collection of works by contemporary queer artists with hopes of opening it to the public in the near future. Lauren has curated shows and installations at Postmasters Gallery in TriBeCa, Spring/Break Art Shows in New York & Los Angeles, Chelsea Market, and Future Fairs, and her work has been covered in Artnet News, Artsy, Hyperallergic, & W Magazine. Powell lives and works in Brooklyn.