Tempe Digital


I'm pleased to be collaborating with Tempe Digital on a limited edition of prints made during my time at Vermont Studio Center in April 2017. Visit http://www.tempedigital.com/ for more information.
 

Rachael Gorchov: Organic Geometry


Rachael Gorchov - Organic Geometry
March 24 - April 23, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday April 24th, 6 - 9 PM
 
OJG is pleased to present “Organic Geometry”, featuring a new ceramics by Rachael Gorchov.
 
Gorchov considers herself primarily a painter, albeit one working with dimensional forms. For the the last several years she has concentrated on two series: concave shapes that are mounted to the wall, and rock-like forms that inhabit the floor with their own painted cast-shadows. Most often these hybrid works have been made through a combination of mixed-media, including plaster and papier-mâché clay. The wall-works utilize an irregular, half-egg shell framework, which is covered in colorful & gestural marks that hide within them landscapes, building facades and gardens. These images are based on drawings made on the artist’s travels.
 
This creation of this newest series coincided with Gorchov’s 2016 residency at the Hunter College Ceramics studios in New York. The works in Organic Geometry continue her earlier structural explorations, but with a more subtle approach.  For instance, one notices more subdued, earthen tones than in previous works, as the artist has experimented with a number of glossy glazes, underglazes, and underglaze pencils. These substances let Gorchov experiment with the chemical nature of saturation, transparency, and finish texture that is so inherent in ceramics.
 
Unlike the earlier landscapes, the imagery embedded within these new forms focuses on architectural details. These are based on drawings Gorchov made following a recent trip to Europe, where she explored both the interior and exterior details of a number of Renaissance and Baroque buildings. The coffered ceilings, vaulted archways, colonnades and naves that she documented there were a natural matrix to incorporate in her practice. First taking photographs on-site, the artist returned to the studio to make drawings by interpreting the photographs through fisheye lens settings on her iPhone to reference a Claude Glass, a 18th century observation device. The finished works combine aspects of several drawings. These skewed constructions and foreshortened perspectives are then placed within the convex ceramic forms. In this way, imagery, brushstroke and shape all coalesce into a uniquely warped mise en scène.
 
Rachael Gorchov takes a different approach to works that are meant to be placed on the floor. Here, she abandons the convex shapes for more organic, boulder-like semblances with overall coloring and patterns. In addition, the artist plays with the notion of the object’s exaggerated shadow, creating a painting of contrasting gestural brushstrokes or colors that is then printed and laid on the floor underneath, and extending from, the object. While both series share sculptural aspects, they enjoy as many differences as they do similarities. The wall shapes take advantage of the natural shadows that fall within them, their contours help define the images seen within, and their hard surfaces alter the audience’s sound experience. The floor pieces turn the idea of shadow into something all their own. They do not collect or reflect one’s vision, but are meant to be looked down on, and constantly keep us moving about them.

Once they have been fully considered, Rachael Gorchov’s objects reveal themselves to be carefully mediated studies: of art and architecture history, of place, perspective and gesture.

SATTELITE Miami Beach December 1-4


Works by, from top left clockwise: Anna Kunz, Mary Henderson, Jonathan Ryan Storm, Kelly Kristin Jones, Jim Nolan, Kirk Stoller, Rachael Gorchov


Tiger Strikes Asteroid presents
Phenomena at SATELLITE
Miami Beach, FL
December 1 -4, 2016

Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) is pleased to announce their participation in SATELLITE at the Parisian Hotel (1510 Collins Avenue) in Miami Beach, FL, during Art Basel Miami Beach, from December 1st to 4th, 2016. Curated by Mark Brosseau, their booth (number 20) will be called Phenomena and will feature eight artists representing all four sites of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid Network and four other cities from around the United States. The artists include Rachael Gorchov (TSA NY), Mary Henderson (TSA Philadelphia), Anna Kunz (TSA Chicago), Christopher Ulivo (TSA Los Angeles), Kelly Kristin Jones (Atlanta, GA), Jim Nolan (Houston, TX), Kirk Stoller (San Francisco, CA), and Jonathan Ryan Storm (Northampton, MA).

Phenomena brings together artists who deal with sensory experiences through differing approaches. Some of the artists address real-world situations in their work to heighten or highlight certain moments. Others use art as a way of activating the senses in an unexpected way. While it is common for art to engage our senses of vision and touch, these artists activate other senses as well.

Curator Brosseau says:

“When I was putting the booth together, I wanted to ensure representation from each TSA site, but I also felt it was important to bring in some guest artists. I decided to pull from non-TSA cities, which felt right since the core of the TSA mission is really to bring artists together and build community. We’re always looking to expand our family. The work in the booth is meant to explore the way that our senses are activated, and how art can accentuate or alter the way our senses experience the world. I also tried to bring in works that might activate senses beyond the visual.”

Mary Henderson’s relief sculpture, Clark Park, generates a strong tactile response: it gives the sense of something delicate that is in direct opposition to the force of the crowded gathering it depicts. The paintings Jonathan Ryan Storm allude to common things from everyday life – faces, language, gestures – and exaggerate a sensory response to that source. Jim Nolan’s pieces recall primary human functions and spin the way we experience those functions, activating a full range of senses in the process. Kelly Kristin Jones uses photography to highlight a visual experience that might get lost in the overabundance of visual information that exists. Rachael Gorchov creates seemingly simple sculptures in which both the texture and the painted marks create a layering of tactile experiences. Anna Kunz’s curtain painting uses natural light to create an everchanging visual presence that is also meant to shift with the movement of air in the space. Kirk Stoller’s sculptures, made of simple common materials, contort and shift the space around them in a way that forces viewers to shift their own stance and posture in order to interact with the work. Christopher Ulivo’s paintings blend the absurd with the common, triggering memories in the viewer but altering them with fantastical possibilities.

All of the artists in Phenomena have shown internationally and have been honored with various awards. Anna Kunz and Rachael Gorchov are founding members of TSA Chicago and TSA New York, respectively. Mary Henderson appears courtesy of Lyons Wier Gallery (New York). Jim Nolan appears courtesy of Art Palace (Houston). Jonathan Ryan Storm appears courtesy of David Shelton Gallery (Houston).

SATELLITE opens with a Press Preview from 12 – 3 PM on Thursday, December 1st. It opens to the public at 3 PM, Thursday, December 1st and will remain open until 10 PM. Friday and Saturday hours are 12 to 10 PM, and Sunday hours are 12 to 6 PM.

SATELLITE is an alternative art fair that presents new and exciting projects that span the gamut of art, music, performance, installation, new media and tech. The 2015 show was highly attended by informed collectors and museum curators, received rave reviews from major art publications and had major sales throughout the week.  SATELLITE 2.0 will be held NEXT DOOR to Aqua Art Fair and steps from Art Basel and Untitled. SATELLITE 2.0 will once again emphasize concept-driven rooms, rather than the typical salon style hang of the standard fairs.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists. Our goal is to collectively bring people together, expand connections and build community through artist-initiated exhibitions, projects, and curatorial opportunities. We seek to further empower the artist’s role beyond that of studio practitioner to include the roles of curator, critic, and community developer; and to act as an alternate model to the conventions of the current commercial art market. Our exhibitions and projects have been featured in numerous print and online publications including The New York Times, Art F City, Hyperallergic, The Huffington Post, L Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Two Coats of Paint, Artinfo, Artnet News, Beautiful Decay, and the artblog. For more information, go to www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com.

Fair Hours:
Press Preview: December 1st: 12 – 3 pm
December 1st: 3 pm – 10 pm
December 2nd: 12 pm – 10 pm
December 3rd: 12 pm – 10 pm
December 4th: 12 pm –  6 pm
After hours programming: Daily from 10 pm – late
The Parisian Hotel (Next Door to Aqua)
1510 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

For more information, go to www.satellite-show.com.

Channelizing: Jonathan Cowan and Rachael Gorchov


Flecker Gallery presents:
 
Channelizing: Rachael Gorchov and Jon Cowan
November 10 – December 8, 2016
Opening reception from 1:00-3:00 PM.   A gallery talk with the artist will begin shortly after introductory remarks.
 
Flecker Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming two-person exhibition of recent paintings and sculptures by Rachael Gorchov and Jon Cowan.  The show is comprised of selected works made between 2014 and 2016.  The title of this exhibition, Channelizing, sets an appropriate point of departure for entering a dialogue with the works of these two artists. Both speak of their works as a means of departing from the familiar path of thought, experience, and knowledge. Both channel the subsequent de-stabilization into artworks that re-frame perceptual reality. About her work, Gorchov states “The various elements of the artworks frame and obscure one another, de-familiarizing omnipresent, ordinary environments.” About his work, Cowan expresses that idea the work is a “re-staging of tradition that seeks to de-familiarize what we think we know.” Both Gorchov and Cowan present us with work that evokes a kind of longing, a need to grasp that which is just beyond our reach, to see beyond the limits of sight, and they do so by manifesting a kind of abstract-surrealism; a space where the limits of both our perceptual experience and our consciousness ultimately become the primary emphasis and the subject of the work. Each is creating an alchemy of the moment, both internal end external. All of this is an embodiment of process, material, image, and vision working in discordant harmony. This is a channeling; a synthesis that is poignant and filled with vivacity at this moment in history.
 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Flecker Gallery Director and Curator, Matthew Neil Gehring.  Please visit our website or contact the gallery directly for directions, to schedule an appointment, or to request a catalog.
 
Flecker Gallery
Suffolk County Community College, 533 College Road, Selden, NY 11784
www.sunysuffolk.edu     631-451-4093     Monday - Thursday 10AM - 4PM and by appointment
 

Review of Nonspecific Places in Hyperallergic


"From Stitched Symbols to Painted Shadows, Connecting Two Artists’ Surreal Sensibilities," review of Nonspecific Places at Simuvac Projects by Seph Rodney

Nonspecific Places


Reception: Friday, June 3, 6-9pm
June 3 - July 10

Simuvac Projects
99 Norman Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Simuvac Projects is proud to present the two-person exhibition Nonspecific Places featuring the works of Jonathan Cowan and Rachael Gorchov. Their work, exhibited together for the first time, allows viewers to inhabit a removed reality in which the natural world is at the forefront, although often placed at arms length. While Cowan and Gorchov begin with specific places, Cowan painting from photographs of visited locales, and Gorchov working from her sketches of the lawns, ponds, and plant life of the suburban landscape, ultimately they each remove any specificity through their respective multilayered processes.

Visit http://www.simuvacprojects.com/ for the full press release and more information.





Conversation Space open late


Conversation Space: Caroline Santa and Jen Schwarting is open late for Armory weekend - Saturday open until 8pm. See the work and stay for refreshments 6-8 pm.
http://www.tigerstrikesasteroid.com/

Art on Paper


Art on Paper
Dorado Project and Proto Gallery
Booth 121
Pier 36 New York
299 South St, New York, NY 10002
 
Preview Thurs 3/3 6-10pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 7pm, Sun 12-6pm

Featuring: Jarrod Beck, Bert Benally, Lauren Collings, Judith Farr, Nick Fusaro, Rachael Gorchov, Catherine Haggarty, Lael Marshall, Raymond Saa, Sofia Szamosi, Diane Tenerelli-June, Austin Thomas, Denise Treizman, Ian White Williams.

http://thepaperfair.com/ny

Conversation Space


Conversation Space
February 19th – March 20th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, February 19th, 6-9pm

TSA NY is pleased to present Conversation Space, a two-person exhibition featuring recent work by Caroline Santa and Jen Schwarting, curated by Rachael Gorchov. Both Schwarting and Santa use major art movements of the 20th century as a vocabulary to catapult themselves into a space for the contemplation of studio work and womanhood. Schwarting insets digital images of “drunk girls” found on the Internet within paintings and columns that borrow from Bauhaus textile and furniture design. Santa, referencing a Post-Minimalist aesthetic of letting materials lay where they fall, employs a method of working that is spontaneous and intuitive to make her installations.

When she began teaching college, Jen Schwarting who is based in Brooklyn, noticed a contrast between her students’ and her own sense of individual freedom when she was their age. The presence of the Internet and digital photography in her students’ lives meant that they always could be documented publicly in a way that she did not experience; and as a result they seemed to lose a degree of personal agency. Through this realization, Schwarting embarked on her current project in which she pulls anonymous photos of young women in ambiguously vulnerable situations from a digital space and reframes them by placing them in handmade, human-scale spaces in order to invite examination and discussion of their experiences.

In her method of working Caroline Santa, based in Philadelphia, uses an incidental decision making process in the studio. She has an accumulative practice, foraging the negative space cut outs, ripped off remnants, and other edited portions of her own paintings and drawings as well as her students’, which congeal into her artwork. Her works have indefinite borders and depend on one another to be deciphered. Santa embraces limitations that her roles as a teacher and mother place on her time and materials, and allows this to frame her decisions. Instead of continually amassing more and new material, Santa takes a practical and resourceful approach to her studio practice by using the time and tools she has to break down her work to form a new language.

Both of these artists take consumption and undervalued articles seriously. Caroline Santa consumes by-products of the studio. Jen Schwarting focuses on how an image and its history are consumed. Both artists use image, motif and art object as language. For Schwarting, the loaded digital images and specifically modernist painted forms frame a conversation. For Santa, the comparison of surface to mark, mark to mark, and surface to surface becomes writing. They each use this language to contemplate and communicate lived experiences.

LAZULI at Ground Floor Gallery


LAZULI and Small Blue Thing: 
Feb 11th – Feb 28th 2016
Artists Reception : Friday Feb 19th 6-9pm
Closing Reception : Sunday Feb 28th 3-5pm

Ground Floor Gallery and guest curator Enrico Gomez proudly present LAZULI, a selection of treasures from 11 contemporary artists; Liz Ainslie, Andrea Bergart, Debra Drexler, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Daniel John Gadd, Rachael Gorchov, Jeanne Heifetz, Will Hutnick, Paula Overbay, Russell Rogers, and Joanne Ungar, whose works bespeak the essence of Lapis Lazuli, epitomizing the captivating and enigmatic qualities of this rare and precious stone.

Visit http://groundfloorbk.com/lazuli-curated-by-enrico-gomez/ for more information.

Disquieting Vicinities


Disquieting Vicinities at Owen James Gallery
Colleen Blackard, Rachael Gorchov, Karen Marston & Elin Rødseth
January 15 – February 14, 2016

Rachael Gorchov: Convex Chromascope


Rachael Gorchov: Convex Chromascope
October 27-November 12, 2015
Reception: October 31, 4-7 PM (see instructions below for visiting)

Thomas Hunter Projects at Hunter College presents recent work by Rachael Gorchov based on drawings made while at a residency in Los Angeles in the fall of 2014. Traveling in and around the city visiting defunct factories, midcentury subdivisions and state parks, Gorchov made drawings onsite using a Claude Glass, a handheld convex black mirror, frequently used by 18th century artists and tourists. The reflections served as a portal for observational drawing, distorting her subjects while dictating that she turns her back when viewing them.

Back in her New York studio, Gorchov constructed paintings based on these drawings using acrylic paint, plaster and paper mache clay. Convex Chromascope continues the investigation of a persistent theme in Gorchov’s work: to skew, invert, and reframe everyday environments, thus making the familiar strange, and opening up our ability to see vernacular spaces in new and surprising ways. Through the use of riotous color, protruding forms and a re-editing of the image, the work serves as a periscope: a way to build a subjective experience of place that is mysterious and delirious, and wonderfully unexpected.

Thomas Hunter Projects, Hunter College
695 Park Ave
NY, NY 10065

Thomas Hunter Projects is located in the basement of the Thomas Hunter building on Lexington Ave. between 68th. and 69th Streets.

Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM Fridays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Visitors will need to get a guest pass from the main entrance (next to the enormous black cube) at Hunter College on the corner of 68th St. and Lexington Ave. You may then use any entrance to reach the Thomas Hunter Project Space, located in the basement of the Thomas Hunter Building.



Two Coats of Paint pick


Happy to have Making Strange featured as an image on Two Coats of Paint!
http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2014/09/september-16-andrew-ginzels-list-of-nyc.html




Interview on Gorky's Granddaughter


Studio visit/video interview with Zachary Keeting and Christopher Joy.

www.gorkysgranddaughter.com





Strange Glue Exhibition Catalog


Strange Glue: Collage and Installation exhibition catalog is available on Lulu.com. 
Written & published by curator, Todd Bartel.
Click here to view.


Reveiw of Intramural: Art on the edges


Review of Intramural at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Edith Newhall.



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