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Rochelle Goldberg I Residency from May toJuly 2017

Rochelle Goldberg Residence May through July, 2017 Rochelle Goldberg was born in Vancouver in 1984. She lives and works in New York.

One of the recurrent themes of Rochelle Goldberg’s installations is the association of organic materials with complex metal structures, to which she attaches grains, natural fibres, food and vegetal matter which can sometimes mime an ecosystem.

This apposition of natural elements on an artificial structure acts as a way of destabilizing their reference categories and to attract attention to the undefined borderline where the virtual and reality co-exist.

This association between organic and man made elements in hybrid form forces each of them to change from an ephemeral state to a durable one, or symbolize different types of movement from malleability to mutation.

Despite their rigidity, the steel forms allow for diverse configurations. The strong presence of these armatures gives structure to the organic elements in these precise works. In this way, Rochelle Goldberg uses them in two ways: as an “active armature” or a “porous threshold” that acts as a fluid barrier as the artist establishes a link between her work and the viewer.

During her residence at the Atelier Calder, Rochelle Goldberg collected a great number of used objects that she chose to integrate into her installations so as to pursue a new path in her work.

She uses living and natural elements in her work: grains, natural fibres, ceramics, unrefined oils and snake skin shed, that she presents suspended, lying on the floor, or contained in a complex metal structure.

Goldberg uses the metal elements at once as a framework and a threshold. The notion of boundaries was at the centre of the work developed during her residence at the Atelier Calder, and this translates into the use of everyday objects that have several functions, such as the folding screen, used as decoration or furniture, corresponding perfectly to the notion of boundaries – the limit of what we see and what we cannot.

This incites the viewer to look behind, to cross the boundary between the work and the exhibition space, recalling the interaction between man and the objects of everyday life.

Rochelle Goldberg’s work presents complex tableaux, approaching the theatrical; they are a mise en scène that can make reference to religion or God.

Rochelle Goldberg is a graduate of Bard College. Recently she has had several solo exhibits: Sculpture Center in New York, 2016; Federico Vavassori in Milan, 2015; Espace Quark in Geneva, 2015; and Eli Ping Frances Perkins in New York, 2014. She participated in several group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, 2016; Dortmunder Kunstverein, 2016; Murray Guy, New York, 2015; Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, 2015; Clifton Benevento, New York, 2015; and Mitchell – Innes and Nash, New York, 2014.

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