Rachel Campbell

 

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.

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Past Exhibition

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? | works by Rachel Campbell


Dates

November 7th – December 14, 2019


Art Walk – Meet the Artist

Thursday, November 7th, 5-8 pm


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Food Pride III
30 x 40″ oil on linen canvas
2019
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I make medium-sized colourful oil paintings on canvas. I am a visual storyteller. My paintings are about commonplace moments that intrigue me. I look for the beauty in unexpected places.

 

I choose to paint with abstracted realism. The places and images are clearly recognizable. I use colour and manipulate composition to interpret the story I want to tell. I ask myself how to I want to depict my relationship to this experience or space.

 

— Rachel Campbell

I make medium-sized colourful oil paintings on canvas. I am a visual storyteller. My paintings are about commonplace moments that intrigue me. I look for the beauty in unexpected places.

 

I choose to paint with abstracted realism. The places and images are clearly recognizable. I use colour and manipulate composition to interpret the story I want to tell. I ask myself how to I want to depict my relationship to this experience or space.

 

— Rachel Campbell

My visual stories often reference nostalgia and memory. Others reference moments that bring me joy, and I want to put them into a painting.

 

There is absence in my work as well. People are implied but not often depicted.

 

— Rachel Campbell

Lunch in Texas
36 x 24″ oil on canvas
2019
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My visual stories often reference nostalgia and memory. Others reference moments that bring me joy, and I want to put them into a painting.

 

There is absence in my work as well. People are implied but not often depicted.

 

— Rachel Campbell

Some Days, Depending on the Day, I Can’t See the Trees for the Wood  
36 x 48″ oil on linen 
2019
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“I want so much to visit these places and thanks to Campbell I have, as best one possibly can. These places—at least how they are depicted here—do not exist out in the world. They exist in Campbell’s own experience and memory.

 

How fortunate that she has the technical ability and generosity of spirit to have expended the effort of translating them onto painted canvas for us all to see. The hope then is that her vision can color ours, encouraging others to see the wonders she sees out there.”

 

— Lori Waxman , 60 wrd/min art critic

“I want so much to visit these places and thanks to Campbell I have, as best one possibly can. These places—at least how they are depicted here—do not exist out in the world. They exist in Campbell’s own experience and memory.

 

How fortunate that she has the technical ability and generosity of spirit to have expended the effort of translating them onto painted canvas for us all to see. The hope then is that her vision can color ours, encouraging others to see the wonders she sees out there.”

 

— Lori Waxman , 60 wrd/min art critic