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Babs Reingold
updated: 06/11/2014
website: www.babsreingold.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Study for Hair Nest drawings - installed in space
Study for Hair Nest 12
Study for Hair Nest 04
Study for Hair Nest 09
Study for Hair Nest 02
Study for Hair Nest 00
The Last Tree (drawing for installation)
The Last Tree (detail drawing for installation)
The Last Tree
The Last Tree (detail)
Study for Luna Window No.13
Study for Luna Window: Ladder No. 5
Luna Window: Ladder No. 13
A Question of Beauty (detail)
A Question of Beauty
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, process, autobiographical, social criticism, gender/sexuality, obsessive, childhood, identity, memory, feminist
 
 
Study for Hair Nest drawings - installed in space by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest drawings - installed in space
Graphite on paper, one year of my hair loss, cast bronze or glass
2013
8.125 " x  5.125 " 
Study for Hair Nest 12 by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest 12
Graphite on paper
2013
8.125 " x  5.125 " 
Study for Hair Nest 04 by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest 04
Graphite on paper
2013
8.125" x  5.125" 
Study for Hair Nest 09 by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest 09
Graphite on paper
2013
8.125" x  5.125" 
Study for Hair Nest 02 by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest 02
Graphite on paper
2013
8.125" x  5.125" 
Study for Hair Nest 00 by Babs Reingold
Study for Hair Nest 00
Graphite on paper
2013
8.125" x  5.125" 
The Last Tree (drawing for installation) by Babs Reingold
The Last Tree (drawing for installation)
Graphite on paper
2010
24 " x  32 " 
The Last Tree (detail drawing for installation) by Babs Reingold
The Last Tree (detail drawing for installation)
Graphite on paper
2010
24 " x  32 " 
The Last Tree  by Babs Reingold
The Last Tree
Rust and tea stained silk organza, human hair, encasutic, thread, yarn, 193 pails, clothesline, clothespins
2010 - 2013
Dimensions variable
The Last Tree (detail) by Babs Reingold
The Last Tree (detail)
Rust and tea stained silk organza, human hair, encasutic, pail, clothesline, clothespins
2010 - present
Dimensions variable
Study for Luna Window No.13 by Babs Reingold
Study for Luna Window No.13
Graphite on paper
2009
8" x  5" 
Study for Luna Window: Ladder No. 5 by Babs Reingold
Study for Luna Window: Ladder No. 5
Graphite on paper
06.2009
8" x  5" 
Luna Window: Ladder No. 13 by Babs Reingold
Luna Window: Ladder No. 13
Silk organza, rust, tea, human hair, encaustic, string, thread, and old door
2013
1276 " x  50 "  x 135 " 
A Question of Beauty (detail) by Babs Reingold
A Question of Beauty (detail)
My hair from 2006 (365 daily doodles), Giclee Photo by my father on paper, graphite, thread, stitched to paper and onto canvas
2006-2007
42" x  126" 
A Question of Beauty  by Babs Reingold
A Question of Beauty
My hair from 2006 (365 daily doodles), Giclee Photo by my father on paper, graphite, thread, stitched to paper and onto canvas
2006-2007
42" x  126" 

Artist Statement

“What do you imagine the Easter Islander was thinking when he chopped down the last tree?”

Anthropologist Jared Diamond posed this question while discussing Easter Island as a culture that unthinkingly demolished its entire resources. The Island, once forested and thriving, is now a barren lump with a poverty economy.

Today, a cavalier and dangerous group of powerful people in the United States have similar attitudes toward our environment. This is the impetus for the The Last Tree. It’s hardly a reach to see the parallels between the Last Tree and the fouling of one of the great resources of the world, the Gulf of Mexico. Again, as Mr. Diamond aptly states:

“By now the meaning of Easter Island … should be chillingly obvious. Easter Island is Earth writ small.”

As an artist working through issues of poverty, I place my past in the present, and my hope in the future. Mr. Diamond’s dramatic example of Easter Island’s poverty economy, caused by mindless environmental destruction, placed this issue front and center in my conceptual mind-set.

The Last Tree installation is a grid of 193 tree stumps in metal pails, representing the world’s total number of countries. Isolated in the middle of the grid expanse stands one lone tree. A video of text statements such as “Drill Baby Drill” interspersed with comments by notables such as Mr. Diamond, Al Gore, and BP President Tony Hayward. In image and word, they depict well-known environmental figures, pro and con, as well as events such as the recent BP debacle.

The stumps and the lone tree are constructed of rust and tea stained organza, encaustic, and human hair. Hair, incorporated into my work for the past ten years, soaks up oils spills and metaphors in different ways our human interaction in the natural world.

Hair has been a staple in my work over the years for its intrinsic links to DNA, beauty, aging, and historical keepsakes. Hair, then, a signature, became a symbiotic link in The Last Tree installation.

Finally, The Last Tree presents this overriding question:

            At one point do we recognize --- and act upon --- our own self-destruction?

Artist Bio / CV
American Venezuelan-born artist Babs Reingold creates alternate ambiguities with her wall art and installations. Current focuses are beauty, the environment and poverty.

Works from the “Beauty Series” are more recent showings. Ms Reingold participated in the 2012 “I Have A Secret Wish” at the University of Alabama’s Birmingham Visual Arts Gallery; In 2011, the “Pulp” exhibit at Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art, Birmingham AL.

Two works are in permanent museum collections; one selected by Dr Jennifer Hardin, curator of the St Petersburg Museum of Art. The second is at the Newark Art Museum, chosen after she exhibited in the New Jersey Arts Annual. The show, curated by Joseph Jacobs, led to a nomination by Mr Jacobs for a Joan Mitchell grant.

Her wall art and a major installation, “Hung Out In The Projects,” earned a 2010 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Poverty is personal and long-lived. Ms Reingold’s recent exhibits on this theme were the “Projects” installation at the Morean Art Center, St Petersburg, FL; “Flesh Art,” Jersey City University, NJ, and “Media Mix: 4x” at Art Lot, Brooklyn, NY.

Past exhibitions include the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers, NJ, Middlesex College, Edison, NJ, and Greene Gallery, Sarasota, FL. Solo shows include galleries in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Savannah, Buffalo, and St Petersburg. Ms Reingold has participated in museum shows in Jersey City, Buffalo, Tampa, and Newark. She has works in countless private collections, including the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Other awards include three from Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, a Creative Capital Workshop, and patron awards from Michael Auping and Doug Schultz of the Albright-Knox Art Museum.

Ms Reingold received a MFA from SUNY-Buffalo and BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In both universities, Ms Reingold received scholarship and teaching assistance awards, and has shown in alumni-directed shows. She has studios in St Petersburg FL and the greater New York area