Rachel Beach's multifaceted wood veneer and oil paint constructions are derived from details of art, architecture and design history. By manipulating the grammar of these visually familiar forms, Beach
continues to question the construction of meaning in the visual world around us. Sitting halfway between painting and sculpture, the pieces ask us to reflect on our own perception and to see the new in the familiar. Beach’s lyrical forms flip flop between 2 and 3 dimensions, interspersing structural and formal logic with more traditional pictorial illusion. Meticulously crafted and thoroughly materialized, these quirky objects provide a play of opposites, jostling us between the ambiguous and the specific, the minimal and the exuberant, the optimistic and ominous.
Rachel Beach was born in London, ON Canada in 1975. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2001and BFA from NSCAD University in Halifax Canada in 1998. Her paintings and sculptures have been included in various exhibitions at US and Canadian venues including Mixed Greens and HQ galleries in NYC, The New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax Canada. Beach’s works have been described as “tough, precise and disciplined with a hard edged cheeriness” and “steeped in a pleasant pluralism, bound by a shared material intelligence”. Beach lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Visiting Artist in Residence, NSACD University, Halifax, NS, 2008
Flip Artist talk, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 2008
Visiting Artist Lecture, NSACD University, Halifax, NS, 2007
Six of One Artist Talk, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NF, 2007
Visiting Reviewer, Yale University School of Architecture, Ornament Theory and Design, 2004
FreeForm Panel Discussion, Fordham University, New York, NY, 2004
Visiting Reviewer, Yale University School of Architecture, Spacial Language in Design, 2003
Visiting Reviewer, Yale University School of Architecture, Spacial Language in Design, 2002
Teaching Assistant, Yale University School of Art, Drawing II, 2001
Visiting Artist Lecture, Southern Connecticut University School of Art, CT, 2000
For further information about the artist please visit http://www.rachelbeach.com/