RACHEL KLINGHOFFER

RACHEL KLINGHOFFER

Suspended in my Masquerade

The Skirt at Ortega y Gasset Projects
363 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY

January 25 – March 29, 2020

Suspended in My Masquerade , referencing a lyric from Springsteen’s Growin’ Up, investigates the complex rituals
surrounding memory and sentimental objects. Driven by a strong emotional connection to her family, friends and
community, Klinghoffer pays homage to the past by literally suspending those personal items in time and space,
imploring viewers to excavate. Simultaneously organic and alien-like, her sculptural forms are covered, surface
textures obliterated and then exquisitely adorned with small embedded objects of personal significance. Surface
colors reference the Romantics, particularly the Hudson River School with its emphasis on the subtleties and range
of light. Her laboriously manipulated sculptural shapes hint at everyday objects including pre-loved sneakers,
repurposed precious and semiprecious stones including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, even diamonds. Closer
inspection allows for explanation of the greater meanings designated to each item. Materials lists read like
memories, items like “one of the vintage boots I wore all through undergrad”, and “coral necklace from uncle”.
This new series of work incorporates the craft of memory glass-making into the sculptures, a popular activity for
girls during the time of Klinghoffer’s own bat mitzvah celebrations. Titles of the works are pulled from the lyrics of
her playlists. As with her work, she pulls from what already exists in the world. Individual pieces take their names
from The Grateful Dead, Talking Heads, Beatles, Tom Petty, Drake, Paul Simon, Phish, TV on the Radio, and so
on. By repurposing materials, making and remaking them into paintings and sculptures, she prompts a reimagining
of uses for these relic-like objects. Articles reflect the artist’s personal connection to femininity, craft-making,
Judaism, romance, pushing the definition of painting. Through time, the items become specimens, icons. They are
poked, prodded, stained, sprayed, stroked, rubbed, dipped, then pulled, torn, cracked open and broken apart
making up and becoming the new work.

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