Rachel Eulena Williams

 ( 1991, Miami, FL)

Born in 1991 Miami, Florida,
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Education

2013
BFA, Cooper Union, New York
Ceysson & Bénétière is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Rachel Eulena Williams. This new body of work, titled Zero Gravity, 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.

Written by Valerie Kamen
Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Rachel Eulena Williams, Saint-Étienne
October 26 - December 15, 2018


Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Feed the Meter, Wandhaff
September 23 - December 16, 2017

Inflatable tear, New York
January 23 - February 24, 2018


Exhibitions

2018
Inflatable Tear, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, NY
William King, Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman, Rachel Eulena Williams, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

2017
Feed the Meter Vol. II, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The one and only East Hampton Biennial, curated by Woobie Bogus and Adrianne Rubenstein, East Hampton, NY
Coco Currents, Turn Gallery, NY
Shampoo Effect, MASS Gallery, TX
Staccato, SomeTime Salon, San Francisco, CA

2016
Dreams come true, Sleep Center, New York, NY
Epizootics, DTCV Firehouse, New York, NY
Dog Show, Center Street, New York, NY
Bibliography

2017
“Peek in on a Performance Through the Window of a Closed Gallery”, Anya Tchoupakov, Creators, Vice
“Episode 23 -Rachel Eulena Williams”, Deep Color Podcast
“Pencil in the Studio: Rachel E. Williams”, Pencilinthestudio.com

Rachel Eulena Williams :

L'essor - Daniel Brignon

November 06, 2018


Feed the Meter Vol. 2

Feed the Meter Vol. 2

December 12, 2017