Rachel Eulena Williams challenges conventional perspectives on space, both in the formal and environmental connotations of the word.
In an alternative handling of painting materials, Williams challenges the physical and traditional forms of both painting and its presentation. Canvases are sewn, deconstructed and full of moments implying sculptural elements. Rope is transformed and manipulated to visually and structurally hold together un-stretched paintings while simultaneoulsy functioning formally as line. The image creating processes imply a power of movement and creation that continue on the canvas even after the physical action of construction has been completed. Similarly, and just as immediate, is the visible dismantling of the pieces. The full history of these paintings are present, both past and future exist on the same plane and it is impossible to tell which is which. Drawing, painting and sculpture connect retracing abstraction in image, form, and action.
Within these works space can be seen not only in a compositional sense but also as a setting. Driven by the desire to challenge the often limited depictions of outer space as a dead place outside of nature, in these paintings Williams’s use of metallics and earth tones present an environment that while foreign, is not cold or vacant. In the constant construction of new forms, which always also seem to be disassembling and changing, these paintings call to mind not only a dismantling of the traditional form of painting but of traditional imaginings of earths destruction. Williams’s paintings present us with an understanding that destruction is not an end to creation but is inseparable from it.
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Rachel Eulena Williams, Saint-Étienne
October 26 - December 15, 2018Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Feed the Meter, Wandhaff
September 23 - December 16, 2017
Inflatable tear, New York
January 23 - February 24, 2018
The Spaces In Between, New York
September 09 - October 24, 2020Exhibitions
Hey Mars, with Scott Treleaven
, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
, Online exhibition and book, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
, MRS. Gallery, Queens, New York.
, Curated by Wallace Whitney, Sean Horton (Presents), Dallas, Texas.
Go Away Road
, Curated by Adrianne Rubenstein, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Notebook
, Curated by Joanne Greenbaum, 56 Henry, New York.
, Cooper Cole, Toronto, États-Unis
, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint-Étienne, France
, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, États-Unis
William King, Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman, Rachel Eulena Williams
, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, États-Unis
Next Wave Art
, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, 2018 - 2019.
, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
Surface of a Sphere
, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA.
, Curated by Joseph Hart, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY.
Feed the Meter Vol. II
, commissaire d'exposition : Wallace Whitney, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, États-Unis
The one and only East Hampton Biennial
, commissaires d'exposition : Woobie Bogus and Adrianne Rubenstein, East Hampton, États-Unis
, Turn Gallery, New York, États-Unis
, MASS Gallery, Austin, États-Unis
, SomeTime Salon, San Francisco, États-Unis
Parting and Together
, Curated by Trudy Benson, Greenpoint Hill, Brooklyn, NY.
The cause and effect of my love for you
, 15 Orchard St Gallery, New York, NY.
Dreams come true
, Sleep Center, New York, États-Unis
, DTCV Firehouse, New York, États-Unis
, Center Street, New York, États-Unis