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Rebecca Hackemann’s 360° anamorphic drawings explore cultural and historical ideas surrounding the mirror and it’s reflection, vision and perception. They incorporate the cylindrical mirror as an intrinsic part of their meanings. Using fairy tales, psychoanalytical and historical references such as Alice in Through the Looking Glass (sequel to Alice in Wonderland), Jacques Lacan’s mirror phase and the myths of Narcissus, anamorphic ink drawings are created that have two sides. The viewer walks around the drawing and its cylindrical mirror to see another related drawing opposite on the same piece of paper. In the case of Alice in Wonderland, one side shows her going into the mirror, the other side her coming out of it – the mirror becomes a metaphor for ‘The Looking Glass House’ itself.
D R A W I N G S
This ongoing body of work is based on extracted and manipulated graphics and texts from 1940's and 1950's photographic, fashion model guide books and educational materials. By re-presenting these dated materials, the inner rhetorical workings of industries, such as that of photography or etiquette are amusingly pointed to. They are about the construction of beauty – literally and the construction of meaning.
All the work uses the two elements of text and image to evoke third associations that result in an often humorous, larger meaning.
Artist Bio / CV
Rebecca Hackemann is a British conceptual artist. She was was born, raised and educated in West Germany, England and America.
Hackemann holds an MFA from Stanford University, CA (1996) and received her BFA (Hons) from the University of Westminster (then PCL), London in 1994. In 2000 / 2001 she was a Whitney Museum ISP Program fellow in New York (2000).
Her work consists of stereoscopes containing her constructed photographs, anamorphic drawings, both on paper and on walls as installations and interactive public art. Her art practice challenges existing media categories, such as public “plop” art, or the flat photographic image on the wall (or the Cartesian structure of vision) and is mostly concerned with issues of perception, representation, and the intersection between language and image.
She has exhibited her drawings at Hunter College Times Square Galleries (2010), Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta (2007) and at the 5th Biennial of Contemporary Art in Novosibirsk, Siberia (2007). Recent residencies include the Headlands Center for the Arts, CA (2005), Light Work, Syracuse, NY (2002) and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2003). She has also shown her work with blasthaus, San Francisco, CA, Gigantic Art Space, New York, Sotheby’s New York, Printed Matter and at LMCC, New York.
The work is in the artist book collection of MOMA New York, Musée Français de la Photographie, France; the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany; the Museum für Fotografie, Germany and in private collections in New York and England.
The work can be seen at www.rebeccahackemann.com.