An Evening with Rachel Rossin

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago, IL
United States
Rachel Rossin, Man Mask, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

Over the last four years, multidisciplinary artist Rachel Rossin has gained recognition for a series of astonishing exhibitions that blend oil painting, sculpture, and virtual reality. Rossin’s practice investigates the fluid boundary between physical and digital worlds, particularly the ways information and sensory experience are transfigured by each. In the 2015 virtual reality artwork I Came and Went as Ghost Hand, photogrammetry models of the artist’s studio and domestic spaces dissolve in response to the user’s gaze to create an elastic, unstable environment. In the critically acclaimed The Sky is a Gap (2017-19), time and space are enmeshed as the user’s body slows down, speeds up, or reverses a cataclysmic explosion. Rossin presents a selection of works in video and virtual reality and discusses them within the wider context of her practice. 

2015–19, United States, multiple formats, ca 60 minutes followed by discussion

Rachel Rossin in person

Rachel Rossin is a painter and programmer whose work explores entropy, embodiment, the ubiquity of technology and its effect on our psychology. Selected solo exhibitions include Stalking the Trace, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2019; Greasy Light, 14a, Hamburg, Germany, 2019; Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, New York, 2019; Peak Performance, SIGNAL, New York, 2017; My Little Green Leaf, Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia, 2016; and Lossy, Zieher Smith & Horton, New York, 2015. Selected group exhibitions include Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee, 2018; After Us, K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, 2017; ARS17, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, 2017; and First Look: Artists’ VR, copresented by Rhizome, The New Museum, New York, 2017. Rossin was a fellow in virtual reality research and development at the New Museum’s NEW INC in 2015. 

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