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Rachel B. Abrams
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Clinton Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: Silent Spring, Rachel Carson’s ever relevant text from 1962, which addresses our environmental actions and the ensuing consequences was the starting point for a number of my recent exhibitions, Distorted Senses of Proportion. “Future historians may well be amazed by our distorted sense of proportion. How could intelligent beings seek to control a few unwanted species by a method that contaminated the entire environment and brought the threat of disease and death even to their own kind?” (p.8) My studio practice is centered on environmental concerns. Action and consequence are addressed through works focused on endemic versus nonnative flora and fauna, accumulations and tolerances, often through a holistic use of materials. Many of my earlier pieces addressed invasive species, particularly the ones we choose to introduce to our environments for their inherent beauty, ones that, as we look at their beauty in the present, pose a danger for the ecological balance of the future. Often we introduce these plants and animals without considering that with them come diseases, different life cycles and competitions, unique inherent relationships. We unconsciously, and sometimes selectively so, live in the moment of beauty without considering the consequences in the future to both the micro and macro. This portfolio of works is related to environmental conservation. Many of the pieces in the abbreviated portfolio are studies in water: the potential positive impact of restorative aquaculture, the bleaching of coral reefs, the garbage patches of the oceans, the accumulated pollution levels in sediment, the fossil evidence of long ago waters now desert. From the matte board of my drawings and collages to the archival foam of frustrules, these works are partially or wholly constructed from reclaimed materials from my employer, creating a recycling system where one does not exist.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Education



M.F.A. 2000 Glass Alfred University

B.F.A. 1997 Studio Art University of Wisconsin—Madison

Summer 1994 Music University of Missouri—Saint Louis



Solo Exhibition Record



2019

Climate Archives, City Roots, Brooklyn, NY


2017

Distorted Senses of Proportion, Juergensen Gallery, Utica, NY


2014

Distorted Senses of Proportion, Richardson Gallery, Las Cruces, NM


2013

Distorted Senses of Proportion, Northcutt Steele Gallery, Billings, MT


2010

Biological Accumulations, Earlville Opera House, Earlville, NY


Inurements, Lipscomb Gallery, Greenville, SC


2007

Neologisms, Go North Gallery, Beacon, NY


2005

Conflate, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT


Corollaries, Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV


2003

Palimpsest, Louise Jones Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC



Two Person Exhibitions



2017

Selected Works from Rachel Abrams & Meredith Setser, Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN


Distorted Senses of Proportion, College of the Sequoias Art Gallery, Visalia, CA


2011

(human) natures, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY


2000

Dissection in Whole, Fosdick Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY



Group Exhibition Record



2018

Transitions, Paul Robeson Campus Center Gallery, Newark, NJ


2017

On and Off/Off and On, UCBA Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


2015

Behind the White Walls, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Brooklyn, NY


Botanical Musings, Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Louisville, KY


Boston 2050: High Water, Boston Public Library, Dorchester, MA


Located Place, Lyon College, Batesville, AR


2014

Process, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY


The Last Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY


Sustainability, The Diane Kidd Gallery, Tiffin, OH


2013

Checks and Balances, HEREart, New York, NY


This Land, Salisbury University Art Galleries, Salisbury, MD


2012

Doomsday, 92YTribeca, New York, NY


The Last Picture Show, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY


RE: Green, Martha Gault Gallery, Slippery Rock, PA


Innovations, Dowd Gallery, Cortland, NY


Under 30, Skylight Gallery, New York, NY

2010

Oddly Alive, The Arts Center, Troy, NY


2009

State of the Union: Contemporary Craft in Dialogue, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA


2008

In The Beginning: Exploring Origins in Contemporary Art, Fox Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Organics, Robert A. Peck Gallery, Riverton, WY


2007

Sublime Climate, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston, MA


A Natural Order: Art Exploring the Organic and Artifice, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY


2006

The Thread Counts Project, Gallery Artist Studio Projects (Gasp), Brookline, MA


2005

Subanatomy, Sonoma Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Rosa, CA


The Obsessive Surface, Tower Fine Art Gallery, Brockport, NY


Technicolor, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY


2003

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY


Faculty Invitational, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE


2002

Night of 1,000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY


Empathy, Tremont Gallery, Boston, MA


Thirteenth National Juried Exhibition, Viridian Artists @ Chelsea, New York, NY


Digital Visions, The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA


Dimensions 2002, Associated Artists, Winston-Salem, NC


2001

It Makes Me Sick, Longwood Arts Project, Bronx Council on the Arts, Bronx, NY


Outdoor Light Exhibition, Glass Art Society Conference, Corning, NY


Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA


Beecher Digital Art, Beecher Center for Technology in the Arts, The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH


24th Harper National Exhibition: Small Works, Harper College Art Center, Palatine, IL


4th Biennial Exhibition, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY


16th Annual Greater Midwest International, Art Center Gallery, Warrensburg, MO


23rd Annual Contemporary Crafts, MCA, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ (catalogue)


2000

Outdoor Light Exhibition, Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Alfred, NY


Eclectic, Davies Building, Wellsville, NY


1999

Outdoor Light Exhibition, Museum of Luminous Phenomenon, Alfred, NY


Print Exhibition, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY


1998

Neon and Light, Madison, WI


1997

John A. Logan College 3rd Biennial Crafts Regional, Museum and Art Galleries, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL


Vitriguanius, Gerhke Gallery, Madison, WI


Unconfined Creative Illuminations, 611 Langdon Street, Madison, WI


Exploring the Abyss, 611 Langdon Street, Madison, WI


SHE, 611 Langdon Street, Madison, WI


1996

13 Even, University of Wisconsin Gallery, Madison, WI


144 Hrs. Soak Salon, University of Wisconsin Gallery, Madison, WI


1996 Stateline Vicinity Exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL


University of Wisconsin 1996 Invitational Neon & Light Exhibition, Stock Pavilion, Madison, WI


1995

Photography Exhibit, Madison, WI


Coming Out Show, University of Wisconsin Gallery, Madison, WI



Artist Grant



2018

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, New York



Artist Residencies



2018

The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway


2002

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


Assilah Forum Foundation, Assilah, Morocco


2001

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France



Bibliography



Artforum, New York, NY, October 10, 2018, https://www.artforum.com/news/pollock-
krasner-foundation-awards-3-9-million-to-125-artists-77046


ARTnews, New York, NY, October 10, 2018, Claire Selvin, http://www.artnews.com/ 2018/10/10/pollock-krasner-foundation-names-2017-18-grantees-gives-100000-madison-square-park-conservancy/


Tabby Maust, “Art installation looks at nature, climate change,”The Retort, October 23, 2013.


Jaci Webb, “MSUB art show draws attention to climate change,” Billings Gazette, October 11, 2013, page D14.


This Land (Maryland: Salisbury University Art Galleries, 2013), Elizabeth Kauffman, pages 12-13.


East Bay Express, Oakland, CA, July 3-9, 2013, Alex Bigman, page 24.


San Francisco Arts Quarterly, San Francisco, CA, June 20, 2013, Leora Lutz,
http://www.sfaqonline.com/2013/06/a-function-of-lines-by-sabine-reckewell-and-frustrules-by-rachel-abrams-at-chandra-cerrito-contemporary-oakland/


RE: Green (in reference to) Green (Pennsylvania: Martha Gault Gallery at Slippery Rock University, 2012), Sharon Massey, pages 14-15.


Strange Glue (Traditional & Avant-garde Collage) Virtual Annex (Massachusetts: The Cambridge School of Weston, 2012), Todd Bartel, page 60.


The GLASS Quarterly Hot Sheet, September 25, 2009, Analisa Coats Bacall,
http://blog.glassquarterly.com/2009/09/25/old-craft-vs-new-craft-at-the-philadelphia-art-alliance


Artweek, Palo Alto, CA, July/August 2005, Colin Berry, page 13.


The New York Times, New York, NY, October 26, 2001, Holland Cotter, page E-35.


American Craft, New York, NY, Volume 61, Number 2, April/May 2001, page 84.


Phoenix New Times, Phoenix, AZ, February 15, 2001, Edward Lebow.



Visiting Artist Lectures, Critiques, & Workshops



2017

Juergensen Gallery, Utica, NY


2014

Denise Bibro Fine Art, Inc., New York, NY


2013

Northcutt Steele Gallery, Billings, MT


Chandra Cerrito Contemporary, Oakland, CA


2005

Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT


State University of New York, Brockport, NY


2004

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


2002

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT


2001

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE


1997

San Jose State University, San Jose, CA




Corporate Collections



Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP, Redwood Shores, CA



Private Collections



New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Canada, Austria, Morocco, Australia



Commission



1995

PIMA, Commission, University of Wisconsin Health Services, Madison, WI



Publication



2006-2008

Arts Information Resource, http://rbabrams.blogspot.com


2002-2006

Contributing Editor and Writer, Art For Real, http://www.artforreal.org

 








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