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Rachel Klinghoffer
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: A pile of my own used incidentals––including bras, lingerie, designer shoes, Hanukkah decorations, used paintbrushes, souvenirs, memorabilia, and concrete blocks––that I once used to hold up my paintings has magnetically migrated to the center of my studio. These articles reflect my personal connection to femininity, Judaism, romance, and notions of painting, and have become specimens, icons, and relics that are poked, prodded, stroked, rubbed, then pulled, torn, and broken apart. They become the supports for new work, connecting my past practice of painting on canvas to the more open and broadly defined notion of “painting” that interests me now. A laborious process of making grips me, entrances me, brings me to the devotional. I get lost in the repetition of the act of making. As an intermediate step, variable elements are stained, glazed, sprayed, painted, or dipped, then at times rubbed, scraped, sanded, drilled, or cracked open. All surfaces are covered, decorated, and obliterated, with many being re-exposed to varying degrees. Methodically, meditatively, obsessively, carefully, at times carelessly but always vehemently, I make and remake.
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  • Not a chill to the winter but a nip to the air
    2014
    used paint brushes, hydrocal, acrylic, diamonds, pink, purple and orange sapphires

  • My landscape would be empty
    2013
    Used paint brush, wood, wire, epoxy, hydrocal, gouache, acrylic   10 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches

  • Whale tale (You and me, babe, how about it)
    2014
    used paint brushes, white topazes, pigment, hydrocal

  • Caught up in sunlight
    2014
    bristles and head of used paint brush, hydrocal, acrylic, yellow sapphire

  • 'Cause they know Red's satisfies
    2014
    Used corset, wood, hydrocal, resin, acrylic

  • Installation in Studio
    2014

  • One afternoon long ago
    2013
    Used paint brush, wood, wire, epoxy, hydrocal, natural pearls, gouache, acrylic   3.75 x 1.25 x 1 inches

  • For it surely looks like rain
    2013
    Used paint brush, wood, wire, epoxy, hydrocal, natural pearls, gouache, acrylic   15 x 3 x 1.5 inches

  • Been away too long at sea
    2013
    Used paint brush, wood, wire, epoxy, hydrocal, gouache, acrylic   8.25 x 2.5 x 1 inches

  • All gold everything (grouping of 5)
    2012 - 2013
    used bras, used skull cutout patent Loeffler Randal shoes, Hanukkah garland, house paint,hydrocal, imitation gold leaf, varnish   approx. 3 x 2 feet

  • Hanukkah bush
    2012
    Hanukkah garland, house paint, hydrocal, imitation gold leaf, varnish   6 x 3.5 x 2 inches

  • Keppie
    2012
    silf flower, Hanukkah garland, party beads, house paint, epoxy, wire, concrete, acrylic

  • Installation view, RISD GRADUATE THESIS EXHIBITION 2012
    2012   12 Approx. 120 x 120 inches

  • Everything On It (Re-present)
    2012   about, 90 in. x 40 in. x 35 in.
 








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