ZINC contemporary is pleased to present a major solo exhibition of new work featuring artist Rachel Campbell. What Are You Looking For? frames Campbell’s career-long exploration of memory and nostalgia, most notably in the American South; working intuitively with the juxtaposition of light and shadow, abstraction and realism, and memories that are at once glum and humorous.
Influenced by artist David Hockney, Campbell plays with layers of abstraction, transforming figurative scenes into what she coins “abstracted realism.” As a visual storyteller, Campbell appropriates narratives that trigger memories: the slapstick antics behind the counter of a pastry shop, or the profoundness of unassuming lives lived behind the scenes. She characterizes this series of oil paintings as her own journey in “snapshots,” while inviting interplay from a collective cultural memory at large.