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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
    9 minute 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
    2017
    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
    9 minute 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
    9 minute video

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

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

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

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

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

  • Monsters and Animals
    2015
    Still from HD Video
    10 minute 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
    10 minute 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
    3 minute 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
    10 minute 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
    10 minute 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
    10 minute 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
    5 minute 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
    5 minute 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
    6 minute 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
    6 minute 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
    6 minute video
    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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