I use stylized forms and strong color to bring a sense of animation and humor to objects that are overlooked or partially hidden, like grass and flowers or fragments of paintings and bits of architecture. I am interested in the workings of time, color and its tricks, and our sense of both fear and domination in the context of landscape. I am interested in the way Bosch, Robert Smithson, and Lygia Clark (among others) employ the absurdities of scale and a sense of alienation or belonging in relation to nature. I have explored these ideas in recent projects about the weather, in the form of ozone maps, waves, and clouds. Similar concerns were at play in two series of modular sculptures (Flowers and Arches) in which a set of parts can be configured to make many different but related sculptures. I am interested in the way drawing as an activity marks time, creating a visual record of time’s passage, and in a similar way how sculpture marks space and our movement in it. My Dream Drawings and Flower Drawings are both serial works that are ongoing and mark different traces of time spent (either asleep or in the studio), as well as their particular subject matter.
Artist Bio / CV
Rachel Urkowitz received an MFA from Hunter College and a BA from Brown University. She has had solo shows at White Columns and Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York and Galerie Michael Neff in Frankfurt, and been in group shows at Salon 94, Josee Bienvenue Gallery, Bravin Lee Projects, The Islip Art Museum, Catherine Clark Gallery (San Francisco), PS122, Thomas Erben, Foundation Ricard (Paris), Antony Wilkinson (London), and the Oldenburger Kunsteverein (Germany), among others. She was the recipient of an Art Production Fund/ Rockefeller Foundation Artists at Giverny Grant and Residency in 2001 and a Foreign Artist’s Studio Residency at La General in Paris in 2007.
Rachel most recently showed at Five Myles Gallery in Brooklyn and Big and Tall Casual Gallery in Long Island City.
She lives and works in New York.