Monday, November 23, 2015

Carl Solway Gallery Participates in PULSE Miami Beach Contemporary Art Fair

December 1 - 5, 2015

Booth N-312
Indian Beach Park
4601 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Fair Hours
Tuesday, December 1, 
Private Preview Brunch
(By VIP invitation), 
1 pm
– 4 pm
Opening Celebration, 4 pm – 7 pm
Wednesday, December 2, 10 am– 7 pm
Thursday, December 3, 10 am– 7 pm
Friday, December 4, 10 am–7  pm

Saturday, December 5, 10 am– 5 pm
Sunset Celebration5 pm– 7 pm

Peter Halley
Diane Landry
Allan McCollum
Nam June Paik
Erwin Redl
Joan Snyder

Rachel Rampleman 

Official Selection: Pulse Miami Beach: Play
Rachel Rampleman, Burlesques/Showgirl Studies: Busby Berkeley 2.0, 2014, single-channel video  

“Rachel Rampleman’s Burlesques/Showgirl Studies: Busby Berkeley 2.0 is a stunning kaleidoscopic abstraction of movement utilizing motifs of showgirls dancers, beckoning notions of old-time storied glamour, made contemporary and timeless at once.”___Stacy Engman, curator PLAY

Images, top to bottom: Erwin Redl, Dial white-red, white-blue, 2015, 22- animated LEDs on white board with stainless steel frame, microprocessor, 58 x 58 x 10 inches, Edition of 10 + 1 AP, published by Carl Solway Gallery; Diane Landry, Solo Knight III, 2014, aluminum bicycle wheel, plastic water bottles, sand, LED, motor, gear, ball bearing, wood, 54 x 14 inches; Peter Halley, Explosion #1, 2015monoprint on canvas, one of twelve variants, 42 x 42 inches, published by Carl Solway Gallery

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Peter Halley Exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Geometry of the Absurd:
Recent Paintings by Peter Halley

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
November 8 - February 21


An exhibition featuring eight paintings produced between 2007 and 2015, sharing in common a distinctive stacked composition, each with a prison or cell precariously balanced above another.

Jim Campbell at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art opens major Jim Campbell exhibition
Jim Campbell: New Work and Collaborations with Jane Rosen exhibition installation views at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Photo: David Pace.
SAN JOSE, CA.- The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art opened a major exhibition of compelling new work by internationally recognized Bay Area media artist Jim Campbell. Throughout his career, Campbell’s signature vision has been to explore the deep connections of light, space and time through the use of cutting-edge LED technology and custom electronics. Running through February 7, the exhibition includes a unique collaboration with noted sculptor Jane Rosen, and new a site-specific installation in the ICA’s Focus Gallery comprised of a 360-degree immersive moving image environment.

In a visual world that is progressively defined by the highest possible definition, Campbell produces intriguing images that are at once recognizable and indistinguishable, providing a subtle challenge to the tech world’s constant pursuit of evermore crystal-clear resolution. His work tests our ability to perceive images by reducing the resolution and clarity dramatically. In this most recent work, Campbell has begun to “pull apart” his flat wall grids of evenly spaced LEDs to create a three-dimensional format. Working with Jane Rosen, Campbell further explores the three-dimensionality of his work by combining his light installations with her marble sculptures, which are inspired by her close associations with the natural world.

Jim Campbell’s custom electronic sculptures and installations have made him a worldwide leader in the use of computer technology as an art form. ICA Executive Director Cathy Kimball states, “We are proud and deeply honored that Jim Campbell, arguably the most innovative artist in this country, selected the ICA as the venue for this exhibition—the only major solo exhibition of his work in the Bay Area since his very first exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art in 1998. I have followed his work since then and am thrilled that he has garnered such wide acclaim within the art world.”

During his career as a Silicon Valley engineer, Jim Campbell has received numerous patents for his pioneering research in HDTV and LED lighting, two technologies we now use in our everyday lives and that Campbell manipulates in his work. After graduating from MIT in 1978 with dual degrees in mathematics and engineering, Campbell went on to develop several patents for high-definition television technology. Concurrently, he began his artistic endeavors as a filmmaker and transitioned to interactive video installations in the mid 1980s. He has worked with LED technology since 1999.

Campbell’s work has been the focus of solo exhibitions throughout the world including shows in the United States, Argentina, Denmark, Japan, China, Australia, Germany, and Russia. His work is included in distinguished public collections throughout the country including the de Young Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Fisher Collection, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum, among many others. Numerous public commissions include the San Diego Airport, Madison Square Park in New York City, the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and the new San Francisco central subway in Union Square. In 2012, Campbell received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and SFMOMA’s Bay Area Treasure Award.

Posted on The Art Daily.

Paul Laffoley (1935-2015)

Paul Laffoley
The Prime Elvis, panel #5 from The Life and Death of Elvis Presley: A Suite

Paul Laffoley's paintings, The Life and Death of Elvis Presley: A Suite, were shown at Carl Solway Gallery in 2014.  The artist's obituary follows:

The visionary artist and luminary, Paul Laffoley, has died today after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He had an extraordinary grasp of multiple fields of knowledge compulsively pursing interests that often lead him into uncharted territory. His complex theoretical constructs were uniquely presented in highly detailed mandala-like canvases largely scaled to Fibonacci's golden ratio. While an active participant in numerous speculative organizations including his own Boston Visionary Cell since the early 70s, his work began to attract an increasing following in his late career with shows at the Palais de Tokyo (2009), Hamburger Bahnhoff (2011), Hayward Gallery, London, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2013). The first book on Laffoley's oeuvre was The Phenomenology of Revelation published by Kent Fine Art in 1989, followed by several subsequent publications beginning with his first retrospective organized by the Austin Museum of Art (1999). Forthcoming in March of 2016, the University of Chicago Press will be releasing the long awaited book entitled The Essential Paul Laffoley. He was a kind and generous giant, and he will be sorely missed by all of us.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Rachel Rampelman's Video to be Shown at Pulse Miami Beach

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair
Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming,You are (on) an Island, 2011-2013. Courtesy of the artists and Sienna Patti.
PULSE Contemporary Art Fair is pleased to announce our full series of PROJECTS, a series of audience-engaging large-scale sculptures, installations and performances and PLAY, a dedicated showcase for video and new media that encourages discovery within the digital realm. PLAY is curated at PULSE Miami Beach by independent curator Stacy Engman. Discover PROJECTS throughout the fair.


You are (on) an Island (2011-2013) is a thought-provoking neon installation which switches between two statements one metaphorical and the other geographicalby Dallas-based artists Alicia Eggert andMike Fleming, courtesy of Sienna Patti. 

Trees (2015) is a playful yet unsettling sculpture by multi-media artist Gordon Holden who is known for ongoing commentary on pop culture and consumerism, courtesy of Paul Loya Gallery. 

Everyone Is Somewhere (2015) is a fictitious “apartment building” sculpture that juxtaposes notions of community and isolation by Chris Jones courtesy of MARC STRAUS.

Over and Under (2013) is an object born of industry and hand through the combination of textile and metal scaffolding by Frances Trombly courtesy of Miami-based Emerson Dorsch. 

Corbu Bench, (2015) is a small scale architecture piece which was inspired by Le Corbusier’s tiled lounge at Villa Savoye in Paris by New York-based artist Jim Osman courtesy of Lesley Heller Workspace.

Read more about PROJECTS and other performances happening during PULSE Miami Beach here
Julius Hoffman, Might of Young Engines
Still from Julius Hoffmann's Might of Young Engines, Courtesy of the artist and Kleindienst, Leipzig, Germany. 

Bahar Behbahni

Courtesy of Causey Contemporary, New York
Julius Hoffmann
Might of Young Engines
Courtesy of Kleindienst, Leipzig, Germany
Curated by Stacy Engman
Nino Mustica
Pittura Solida - Solid Paint
Courtesy of Scaramouche, New York, NY

 Rachel Rampleman
Burlesques/Showgirl Studies: Busby Berkeley 2.0
Courtesy of Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
These art videos share common and overlapping themes regarding notions of glamour, isolation, and reflection - driven by narratives of constructed environments and contexts which vacillate between notions of the real and imagined.Rachel Rampleman’s Burlesques/Showgirl Studies: Busby Berkeley 2.0, is a stunning kaleidoscopic abstraction of movement utilizing motifs of showgirls dancers, beckoning notions of old-time storied glamour, made contemporary and timeless at once. Bahar Behbahani’s AJAX BOOTpersonifies questions of identity, and emphasizes themes of desire. The artist herself is situated on a constructed turntable, surrounded by refracted mirrors - adorned in red boots, formal dress and a headpiece covered in sensuous fruits - various worlds and referential meanings converge. The virtual reality posited in Julius Hofmann’s Might of Young Engines recalls notions of first generation virtual existence gaming modes as seen in Second Life, while alluding to more sinister and violent themes portrayed in contemporary video games, while giving a nod to aesthetics of seduction inherent within advertising culture. Questions of multidimensional reality accelerate in Nino Mustica’s Pittura Solida (Solid Painting) – mutating identity and placement via the artists painting, which morphs into a three – dimensional object that ultimately finds placement in a utopian art museum – which springs up virtually surrounding the painting itself along with itsmany viewers. These works all embody and vacillate between utopias and dystopias of the contemporary condition echoing universal themes inherent within contemporary life and culture. – Stacy Engman

View clips from the official selections on our Tumblr over the coming weeks. #PULSEPLAY
PULSE Miami Beach Hours & Directions

Friday, November 6, 2015

37th Anniversary of Harry Bertoia's Death

On a day like today, Italian artist and designer Harry Bertoia died
November 06, 1978. Harry Bertoia (b. March 10, 1915 in San Lorenzo, Pordenone, Italy. d. November 6, 1978 in Barto, Pennsylvania, United States), was an Italian-born artist, sound art sculptor, and modern furniture designer. In this image: Bertoia's "Textured Screen" caused much controversy when it was unveiled for the Dallas Public Library in 1954.

Carl Solway Gallery Edition Reviewed in The New York Times

Explosion, the new edition by Peter Halley, published by Carl Solway Gallery, is featured in Ken Jphnson's New York Times review of the IFPDA Print Fair.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

News From Rachel Rampleman

Rachel Rampleman
New Work & Websites

1st things 1st! I'm quite excited to share my brand new series Pop Art Portraits right here...
Above video stills (clockwise from top) from Pop Art Portraits (Promise Phan, Charlie Short, and Bianca Charisma)
And check out my newly revamped and updated artist website here at!
 AND my new curatorial website with Vanessa Albury as The Sun That Never Sets! Good stuff!

Rachel Rampleman
New Shows

Etcetera III at S.M.A.K.
The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K)
Curated by Young Friends of S.M.A.K. (Vrienden v/h S.M.A.K.)

Etcetera III: An Evening of Performance and Video
Presented by Godart Bakkers, Nadia Bijl, Wouter De Vleeschouwer & Ilse Roosens
- performance: Driewieler Collectief, Messieurs Delmotte, Renée van Trier, Jonathan Paepens aka Diva John the worst diva of the world, Mima Schwahn, Jonathan De Winter & Bruital Orgasme, Bert Huyghe, Jonathan Meese, Peter Fengler, Ruud Rudy van Moorleghem en Sheniqua World Tour, Emmanuel Van der Auwera, A. Liparoto
- video: Kati Heck, Dennis Tyfus,  Vincent Hagnauer, Jos de Gruyter en Harald Thys, Terese Schulmeister en Otto Muehl
- installation: Maxim Ryckaerts, Rachel Rampleman
October 24th, 7pm - midnight
Jan Hoetplein 1
9000 Ghent

My Ms Olympia Studies
10 channel video installation
S.M.A.K., 2015

The Show Me State
Auxiliary Projects
Curated by Jennifer Dalton & Jennifer McCoy

The Show Me State is Auxiliary Project's 1st ever group show and features work dealing with themes of display and desire by the following artists: David Baskin, Oasa DeVerney, Jessica Hargreaves, David Howe and Anita Cruz Eberhard, Rachel Rampleman, Emily Roz, Jonathan Schipper/EXOvault, Chris Verene/Self Esteem Salon.

Auxiliary Projects is a collaborative project space founded and run by two multidisciplinary artists, Jennifer Dalton and Jennifer McCoy. Each month, Auxiliary Projects works closely with an artist to create a series of small hand-made multiples conceived to exhibit in concert with the artist’s larger works. These auxiliary objects will be available for sale at a price no higher than $300. Our goals are to facilitate wider distribution for artists’ work we admire and to enlarge the community of people who can collect art. 
Gallery Hours;  Saturday and Sunday 1pm-6pm and by appointment.

Opening November 14th, 6-8pm
Auxiliary Projects
212R Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Video still from my Red Room Study (Grace Gotham)

Solo Exhibition
Carl Solway Gallery

For the fall season, Carl Solway Gallery presents three solo exhibitions of artwork incorporating light, motion, video projection and various forms of technology.  Erwin Redl’s exhibition, featuring work from 2010-2015, will include an installation composed of digitally controlled LED light sculptures, kinetic sculpture, drawings and prints. Pascal Dufaux builds kinetic sculptures incorporating video cameras, ceramic, metal and glass that he refers to as Alien Forms. Rachel Rampleman’s exhibition will consist of two experimental projected videos: Busby Berkeley 2.0 from 2014, and Water/Light Study from 2015, as well as Bellmer Burlesque from 2013 on a traditional monitor.

Rachel Rampleman primarily works with time-based media and her videos explore subjects as varied as gender, artifice and spectacle.  She frequently showcases strong female personalities, such as bodybuilders and women in hair-metal tribute bands, who challenge common notions of femininity.  From a series of videos titledBurlesque/Showgirl Studies
Busby Berkeley 2.0 transforms and abstracts the bird’s-eye views from an example of Busby Berkeley’s cinematic choreography. Water/Light Study focuses on the more reflective and contemplative side of her work.   Many of her pieces exhibit a hypnotic quality characterized by repetitive motion and symmetrical patterning, such as with Bellmer Burlesque.
October 9 – December 23, 2015
Carl Solway Gallery
424 Findlay Street
Cincinnati, OH 45214

Video still to the left from my 
Water/Light Study, and above from Bellmer Burlesque

In Your Room
184 Project Space

The Sun That Never Sets (Vanessa Albury + Rachel Rampleman) was pleased to present In Your Room at 184 Project Space.
We find that people enjoy video art in exhibition or screening contexts, but often do not see how this work can translate into the space of a home. Video art is exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, but rarely found installed in houses. Also, our world is increasingly tech-reliant, but the mechanisms that enable our gadgets to function are largely unknown to many. These realities create a chasm between the work and the home that presents a challenge to collectors, often leaving people unsure of how to live with video art in their homes. Installed in a home gallery, In Your Room is an exhibition featuring video art alongside drawing, sculpture, painting and photography that engage video art dialectics. In Your Room plays with illusions and reveals the unspoken and underlying expectations of home space, freeing the idea of home to invite video art into its space. We have Juliet Jacobson's drawings of mirrors without reflections, Jen Gustavson's layered messages in her new video I Love You, Jamie Diamond's I Promise to Be a Good Mother series that are film-still like vignettes of motherhood to a doll, along with Peter Clough's digital drawings, Rachel Mason's inspirational Doll Audience from Starseeds, Jeremy Olson's 3D photographs, painting and new video, Ego Sensation's music video, Rachel Rampleman's Groupies and Vanessa Albury's new work Shelf of Memory Objects.

In Your Room featured artwork by Peter Clough, Jamie Diamond, Jennifer Gustavson, Juliet Jacobson, Rachel Mason, Jeremy Olson, Ego Sensation, Vanessa Albury & Rachel Rampleman.
184 Project Space is a curatorial and social practice/relational aesthetic platform, founded and run by Donna Cleary.
September 24 to October 19, 2015
184 Project Space
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NY

Above image of a pair from my Groupies sculpture series at 184 Project Space, image to the left isRainbow Wigs (archival Giclée print)

The Sound Behind You

Stonehaven, Catskills Region of the Hudson Valley
The Sun That Never Sets (Vanessa Albury + Rachel Rampleman) & Peter Clough and were pleased to present The Sound Behind You, a one night only film and video screening and exhibition in the woods, hosted by Jac Lahav and Nora Lynn Leech at Stonehaven near Phoenecia, NY. This project was conceived as an experiment in video installation, with works installed directly on tree trunks and projected onto foliage: flickering lights, a glow in the distance, echoes through the trees. A slow drone comes from somewhere down the path. Nature is a dimensioning resource that we almost completely forego as city dwellers. Since art comes from culture, it lives unnaturally in the white cube galleries of the urban landscape. By bringing the technology, illumination, and temporality of moving image work out of the city—out of the cube —and into the dark of the forest, we invoke the spirits of the ancient woods to mingle and dance with the denizens of the future.

The Sound Behind You featured works by Adriane Connerton, Pik-Shuen Fung, Jennifer Gustavson, Claudia Joskowicz, Karsten Krejcarek, LoVid, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Jeremy Olson, Kirstin Tårnes, Angela Washko, Peter Clough, Rachel Rampleman and Vanessa Albury. The exhibition took place at Stonehaven, the home and studio of Jac Lahav and Nora Lynn Leech, in Westkill, NY. The opening began just before dusk on August 29, 2015, and guests were welcome to camp overnight after enjoying some drinks and BBQ. 
Above images of The Sound Behind You courtesy of Aaron Alden & Rachel Rampleman

2015 Governors Island Art Fair

Presented by 4Heads

It was fantastic to return for a 2nd year to Governors Island Art FairNYC's artist-run art fair. I premiered two new pieces, Water/Light Study & Phantasma (Mick Mars; Mötley Crüe)installed as a solo project in a former gunpowder magazine in the Revolutionary War era Fort Jay. More on this here in the New York Times:…/christies-to-sell-collection-of-ar…
About GIAF: Indulge your curiosity as you explore the abandoned military barracks of Governors Island Art Fair, 100 singular rooms of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, video, and sound art. Run by artists, for artists, New York’s largest independent exhibition enters its 8th year this fall. Once again GIAF organizers, 4heads, have sifted through a sea of creative proposals from New York and around the world, giving 100 of the best a full room each, in which to wreak havoc as they see fit. 
GIAF takes place at Fort Jay & Colonel’s Row on Governors Island.   Admission is free.
Hours are 11am – 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, September 5 – 27, 2015.
Governors Island is accessible by ferry from the Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan or the East River Ferry.
And, last but not least, many thanks to Vanessa Albury for taking this great shot of my piece Busby Berkeley 2.0 as installed at NYC's Capitale for Une Nuit Parisienne, the Maison Kitsuné Afterparty in September, hosted by MATTE Projects & Art Report.

Thanks for looking, and hope you have a fantastic autumn...
Warmest wishes,
Rachel Rampleman
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