Art Exhibit: Rachel Bernstein, Julia Elsas and Katarina Riesing
exhibit will feature the multi-media works Rachel Bernstein, Julia Elsas and
Katarina Riesing. Each artist responds to the body in ways that are familiar,
humorous and unsettling.
exhibition features representations of the figure, often times fragmented into
parts, bringing attention to taken-for-granted anatomies, gestures and
forms. Bernstein recontextualizes appendages into strange and beautiful
landscapes using collage, drawing and photography. Riesing visually
dissects her own body into abstracted portraits through drawing, painting, and
video. Elsas’s work ponders ideas of femininity and form through isolated
gestures and articles of clothing.
Individual works in the show will approach the body from different perspectives and relationships - zooming in and out to examine the ways perceive our own bodies and their environments. This is a figurative art exhibition that denies the whole figure, instead looking intently at the moments, movements, joints, and gestures that make us strange and beautiful individuals.
Rachel Bernstein’s sculptural and mixed media work has been exhibited across the
US, in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York. She has appeared in
articles in Bust and Ready Made magazines, the Washington Post and Daily News
Los Angeles. Rachel was awarded the Emerging artist grant in Durham, North
Carolina in 2007, and a fellowship to the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2008. In
2013, her site-specific installation was included in “Social Fabric” at the Craft and
Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. In 2014, she was a panel speaker at the Brooklyn
Public Library for the Dialogues in the Visual Arts series. Rachel lives and works in
New York. http://artrachel.com/home.html
Katarina Riesing’s work spans material and discipline to explore the genre of portraiture of figurative art. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions in Brooklyn, Chelsea, and upstate New York. In 2010 she completed a residency at the New York Arts Residency and Studio Foundation. In 2016 she will partake in a textile residency in Iceland. Riesing is a professor of Art at Alfred University in Western New York. http://katarinariesing.com/
Julia Elsas’s work has exhibited and published widely across the United States. Her work ranges from print making to video to ceramics. She has participated in collaborations with musicians- both making music videos and hand-designed ceramic musical instruments. She participated in the Gowanus Studio Printmaking residency in 2014 and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency in 2009 and 2010. She is a lecturer of Art at Montclair State University in New Jersey and SUNY Purchase in Purchase New York. http://juliaelsas.com/home.html