Rachel Bacon

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Tekenaar

Omschrijving werk

I am drawn to areas and things overlooked or discarded, whether a crumpled piece of paper, private trauma or forgotten part of town. It is here I find a condition of relative invisibility. This creates an opportunity for a re-evaluation of value, to have a new look at how we see things. That any re-evaluation of value is accompanied by a feeling of insecurity is understandable. My work invites the viewer to pause and maybe become more accustomed to uncertainty, even vulnerability. It is precisely this location in-between, where personal experience meets the world-at-large, where the viewer might stop on the threshold and re-consider their point of view, even if only for a split second. Whether through a series of slumped drawings or an intervention in an awkward public space, my attempt is to establish a connection, even if it is one of misunderstanding, between interior and exterior dialogues, people and their surroundings. The drawing series Emotional Landscape is characterised by slippages and instability. The work invites the viewer to experience a feeling of precariousness, as horizons tilt and light vanishes. Collapsing, sagging, folded, the drawings are in a state of transition between standing up and falling down. Often placed into corners or lying against the wall, something abject and abandoned surrounds them. Drawn with pencil onto crumpled and scored paper, a topography of damage is mapped onto their surface. Open spaces surrounding the paper's creases are filled in with graphite, in a meticulous, time-consuming process. In an inversion of the “normal” drawing process, lines already embedded in the paper are slowly revealed by the filling-in marks of the pencil. Not only is the drawing process inverted, however; as the crumpled piece of paper is gradually transformed into something resembling precious metal, conventional notions of value are called into question.

Werk

Cornered
Titel Cornered
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 42 x 30 cm
Emotional Landscape
Titel Emotional Landscape
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 48 x 64 cm
Equilibrium
Titel Equilibrium
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 99 x 75 cm
Equilibrium
Titel Equilibrium
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 99 x 75 cm
UnBecoming
Titel UnBecoming
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 55 x 80 cm
How a Pencil Becomes a Diamond
Titel How a Pencil Becomes a Diamond
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 300 x 18 cm
Superwave
Titel Superwave
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 26 x 40.5 cm
MALONNY
Titel MALONNY
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving made during the MALONNY arts festival in Marijampole, Lithuania in 2016, with the help of 12 volunteers
Techniek paint on concrete wall
Formaat 12.9 x 2.84 m
MALONNY
Titel MALONNY
Jaartal 2016
Omschrijving detail
Techniek paint on concrete wall
Formaat 12.9 x 2.84 m
Shit Alphabet
Titel Shit Alphabet
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving 25 drawings on A4 paper. These drawings were made during a series in which I made a drawing every day. During this time I had two rules–first, that I would work every day, and second, that anything was acceptable as topic. At a certain point, at a loss for a subject, I started to draw my own poop. It became clear after a few days that I was producing letters. Eventually I decided to complete the whole alphabet.
Techniek pencil on paper
Formaat 115 x 158.5 cm

Omschrijving werk

I am drawn to areas and things overlooked or discarded, whether a crumpled piece of paper, private trauma or forgotten part of town. It is here I find a condition of relative invisibility. This creates an opportunity for a re-evaluation of value, to have a new look at how we see things. That any re-evaluation of value is accompanied by a feeling of insecurity is understandable. My work invites the viewer to pause and maybe become more accustomed to uncertainty, even vulnerability. It is precisely this location in-between, where personal experience meets the world-at-large, where the viewer might stop on the threshold and re-consider their point of view, even if only for a split second. Whether through a series of slumped drawings or an intervention in an awkward public space, my attempt is to establish a connection, even if it is one of misunderstanding, between interior and exterior dialogues, people and their surroundings. The drawing series Emotional Landscape is characterised by slippages and instability. The work invites the viewer to experience a feeling of precariousness, as horizons tilt and light vanishes. Collapsing, sagging, folded, the drawings are in a state of transition between standing up and falling down. Often placed into corners or lying against the wall, something abject and abandoned surrounds them. Drawn with pencil onto crumpled and scored paper, a topography of damage is mapped onto their surface. Open spaces surrounding the paper's creases are filled in with graphite, in a meticulous, time-consuming process. In an inversion of the “normal” drawing process, lines already embedded in the paper are slowly revealed by the filling-in marks of the pencil. Not only is the drawing process inverted, however; as the crumpled piece of paper is gradually transformed into something resembling precious metal, conventional notions of value are called into question.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.rachelbacon.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Andere opleiding

Instituut / docent & plaats (studie)richting periode van / tot
Pratt Institute NY, USA painting and printmaking tot 01-07-1990
University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art MA Drawing 10/2015 tot 10/2016

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2016 Centre 4 Recent Drawing, London, UK OUT OF LINE GROEP
2016 Jerwood Space, London Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016 GROEP
2014 FRAC, Rennes, France Le Centre du Monde GROEP
2013 38CC, Delft, NL Eb & Overvloed SOLO
2013 Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland Imagined Communities GROEP
2011 Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC, USA Sea Worthy GROEP
2010 Brno House of Arts, Brno, CZ One on One GROEP
2010 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC, USA Floating World GROEP
2009 Scheltema Actuele Kunst, Leiden Float SOLO

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2015 Amsterdam Drawing Billytown art fair
2013 Re:Rotterdam Openbare Reflectie alternative art fair
2009 De Blauwe Periode Fluxvelden community art project
2007 Hermitage Helmond: namens De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek Desert Zen Camouflage Garden art project

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2016 MALONNY, Marijampole, Lithuania, art festival and commission
2015 Weir Farm Art Center, artist-in-residence, National Parks Service, Wilton, CT, USA
2010 Swing Space, Governors Island, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC, USA
2006 Lost & Found, Raumars artist-in-residence, Rauma, Finland

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2012 Haagse Orde van Advocaten Den Haag gedenkteken, Paleis van Justitie J
2012 Gemeente Leiden, Roomburg Leiden kunst in de openbare ruimte N
2011 Percent for Art, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs NYC, USA kunst in de openbare ruimte N
2010 CBK Zuid Oost, Transit Amsterdam tijdelijke kunstwerk in de openbare ruimte N
2008 Trust for Public Land, NYC NYC, USA kunstwerk op schoolplein J
2008 Staedion Wooncorporatie Den Haag kunst in de openbare ruimte J
2007 De Lakenhal en Gemeente Leiden Leiden kunst in de openbare ruimte N
2005 Da Costa School, Den Haag Den Haag kunstwerk op schoolplein J
2004 Gemeente Delft Delft Kunst in de Wijken N

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2014 FRAC Bretagne Rennes, France Verzameling Le Centre du Monde
2006 R. & N. Vooijs Den Haag, NL 'Pixelwolk'
2006 M. Scheppers Den Haag, NL tekening
2006 Mr.& Mrs. Roland E. Arnall, US Ambassador to the Netherlands NL/USA 'Carcinoma'
2004 J.-M. Luursema Enschede, NL 'NL/USA'
2003 M. Poppe Den Haag, NL 'Niets Aanraken A.U.B.'
2003 Gemeente Roermond Roermond, NL 'Periodiek Systeem der Elementen', kunst in de openbare ruimte
2001 G. Vercammen Antwerpen, België 'Red Dot'
2001 M. Zanstra Amsterdam, NL beeld

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2010 Float Stroom Den Haag boek
2007 'Stadsmens' Den Haag Centraal krantenartikel
2007 'Kluizen Hermitage weer helemaal anders' Eindhovens Dagblad krantenartikel
2007 BUUT! Kunst op Haagse Scholen, 2003-2006 Stroom Den Haag tijdschrift
2006 Lost & Found: Löytötavaratoimisto publicatie in eigen beheer, Rauma, Finland kunstenaarsboek
2005 Atlas met medewerking Stroom Den Haag kunstenaarsboek
2005 'Onverschrokken Blik op Vlissingen' Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant krantenartikel
2003 'Een Tempeltje van 3500 Speculaasjes' Eindhovens Dagblad krantenartikel

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2008 Stroom Den Haag Premiun Subsidie
2007 Stroom Den Haag PRO: Kunstprojecten
2007 Scholingsfonds voor Kunst en Cultuur, Amsterdam mentoring traject
2006 Stroom Den Haag PRO: Onderzoek en Ontwikkeling
2005 Stroom Den Haag Bijzondere Projecten
2004 Fonds Beeldende Kunst, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam Basisstipendium

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Royal Academy of Art the Hague, (KABK), docent beeldende kunst 2010 nu
Stroom Den Haag, Adviescommissie PRO subsidies 2009 nu
Royal Academy of Art the Hague, (KABK), gastdocent 2008 2008
Gemeentemuseum, freelance museumdocent 2003 2011
Gemeentemuseum, freelance museumdocent 2003 2009
Universiteit van Turku, Finland, lezing over kunst in de openbare ruimte 2003 2009
Quartair, Den Haag, medewerker kunstenaarsinitiatief 2003 2009
De Nederlandsche Cacaofabriek, Helmond, workshop met kinderen 2002 2002
SloopZacht, kunst en theater manifestatie in centrum Den Haag 2002 2002