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Rachel Garber Cole
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am a filmmaker and performance artist, and primarily make experimental videos rooted in language and the performative body. I externalize the intimate, interior experiences of shame and anxiety, articulating these feelings so as to release them from the repressed psyche. Humor and absurdity are common tools I employ to make people feel comfortable confronting uncomfortable realities. Hopefully by airing out my own shameful anxieties, I make legible for others their own ‘intimate interiors.’ Within this context, my films are explicitly feminist in perspective and explore issues such as gender, bodies, climate change, consumerism and language. I often center the performance around my own body, using it as a vehicle to reflect society’s projected fantasies and desires, and to celebrate the imaginative and grotesque. My background is in theater, and in my videos I often nod to a vaudevillian tradition. I like to play with the expansive language of theatre inside the limitations of the digital video screen, creating theatrical, surreal and claustrophobically self-contained worlds. I employ a ‘homemade’ aesthetic; papier mache, construction paper and cardboard build out the visual landscape. Rather than use the magic of filmmaking to make ‘accurate’ representations, I prefer to exploit the potential of the lens to make the minutiae visible and the digital tactile.
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  • Questions For a Dinosaur
    2017
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole, shot by Jordan Levie. In this video, I ask a dinosaur 104 questions about extinction.

  • Questions For a Dinosaur
    2017
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole, shot by Jordan Levie. In this video, I ask a dinosaur 104 questions about extinction.

  • Questions For a Dinosaur
    2017
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole, shot by Jordan Levie. In this video, I ask a dinosaur 104 questions about extinction.

  • The Boyfriend: 01 Perfect Young Ladies
    2016
    Still from HD Video

  • The Boyfriend: 01 Perfect Young Ladies
    216
    Still from HD Videot

  • The Boyfriend: 04 Fancy Forgetting
    2017
    Still from HD Video

  • The Boyfriend: 06 Sur la Plage
    2017
    Still from HD Video

  • The Boyfriend: 09 Safety in Numbers
    2017
    Still from HD Video

  • The Boyfriend: 11 Never Too Late to Fall in Love
    2018
    Still from HD Video

  • Monsters and Animals
    2015
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable A short film about a young woman who has trouble connecting with the outside world.

  • Monsters and Animals
    2015
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable A short film about a young woman who has trouble connecting with the outside world.

  • Hard Asking Out a Barista
    2016
    Still from HD Video
    Music Video "Hard Asking Out a Barista" Cody Westphal from the album "What Selling Out Is And Why It Feels Bad" Full Stop Art Directed by Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Jordan

  • Pregnant and Dying
    2013
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Directed by Rachel Garber Cole and Johnson Henshaw Shot by Jordan Levie Edited by Jesse Ruuttila A short film in which I play all the characters, shot in front of rear scre

  • Pregnant and Dying
    2013
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Directed by Rachel Garber Cole and Johnson Henshaw Shot by Jordan Levie Edited by Jesse Ruuttila A short film in which I play all the characters, shot in front of rear scre

  • Pregnant and Dying
    2013
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Directed by Rachel Garber Cole and Johnson Henshaw Shot by Jordan Levie Edited by Jesse Ruuttila A short film in which I play all the characters, shot in front of rear scre

  • Squirrels Are Getting Really Fat Because of the Unseasonably Warm Winter
    2016
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable In this video I play four characters (the vampire, the opera singer, the crying woman, and the monster) who play in front of built construction pape

  • Squirrels Are Getting Really Fat Because of the Unseasonably Warm Winter
    2016
    Still from HD Video
    By Rachel Garber Cole Shot by Kimberlee Venable In this video I play four characters (the vampire, the opera singer, the crying woman, and the monster) who play in front of built construction pape

  • Birthday Suit
    2016
    Still from HD Video
    by Rachel Garber Cole shot by Jordan Levie A woman receives a mysterious package on her birthday.

  • News
    2014 / 2017
    Still from HD Video
    by Rachel Garber Cole, collaboration with sound artist Giancarlo Colaianni shot: Jordan Levie Installation: Rachel Garber Cole I put the video on the bottom of a drawer in metal filing cabinet. Whe

  • News (Installation View)
    2017
    Metal Filing Cabinet with Video Monitor in top drawer
    by Rachel Garber Cole, collaboration with sound artist Giancarlo Colaianni shot: Jordan Levie Installation: Rachel Garber Cole Installation view + video. I put the video on the bottom of a drawer i
 








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