Artists in Conversation: Tracks and Echoes, Night 1

DZINE Gallery’s Artists in Conversation series presents a unique opportunity for the community to get to know the artists we represent and engage in a dialogue about their work. By the looks of how late the event went on Jan. 31, we could have talked all night!

We were honored to have six artists from our Tracks and Echoes exhibition speak to a crowd of nearly 100 in our showroom. Our featured artists included Lucky Rapp, Georgina Reskala, Rachelle Reichert, Tabitha Soren, Lauren Parks and Austin Forbord, and the event was moderated by DZINE Gallery’s curator Philip Bewley.

Lucky Rapp’s triptych created exclusively for this show portrays a visual representation of tracks forming to an echo, or what Rapp calls “a vibration of life.” Rapp’s process is labor intensive, requiring several layers of resin to achieve texture, depth, reflection, and a sculptural quality within her work. The end-result is a piece of art that looks perfect despite the effort that goes into it. As one audience member commented: “The most modern and elegant works of art are often the most difficult to execute.”

“tracks to an echo, 2017” by Lucky Rapp

Georgina Reskala’s fascination with the way we remember is reflected in her works of contemporary photography. “Every photograph has some truth and some fiction,” explained Reskala, “just like remembering.” She uses landscape as a metaphor to show that nothing is linear and change is happening all the time. “I shoot and reshoot my images many times over,” says Reskala. “I layer, manipulate and omit until the final image becomes a memory of the original; an echo.” Wanting to push the boundaries on the ‘flat image’ of a traditional photograph, she prints her photographs on materials such as newsprint and textiles, transforming them into objects or artifacts.

“Untitled #152392” by Georgina Reskala

“Untitled #0826”, “Untitled #0825” & “Untitled #0824” by Georgina Reskala

Rachelle Reichert is a material-based artist who uses industrial grade graphite as both the medium and subject of her work. Her graphite drawings take inspiration from satellite images of mines in China where the graphite is extracted. She layers photographs on top of each other, revealing the drastic change in landscape from year to year. Her work explores and seeks to expose the impact of man’s exploitation of natural resources and how it has transformed the planet we live on.

“Haida, 2017” & “Pingdu, 2017” by Rachelle Reichert

You know those greasy marks left on your mobile devices that you rub away to get the screen clean again? What many consider to be grime, Tabitha Soren sees as art. Her “Surface Tension” series, a collection of photographs that examines the ordinary and every day in a completely new way, explores the conflict between the “perfection” of technology and the messiness of humanity. Her conclusion? “We can’t worship technology, as much as we love it,” says Soren, and that while imperfect, “Humanity is beautiful.”

“Michael’s Book, 2014”, “Elizabeth’s Emails, 2014” & “Temple Run, 2014” by Tabitha Soren

Lauren Parks’ work of contemporary photography “Water Becomes Warm” captures an almost dreamlike state taken at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Parks is a commercial and fine art photographer and she produced this piece specifically for the Tracks and Echoes exhibition. The warm color tones of the photograph set a nostalgic scene: “When I told people about the theme of ‘tracks and echoes’ and asked them what it made them think about, the idea of childhood kept coming up,” said Parks. “It made people think about wanting to go back to a simpler time, and that’s what I sought to capture in this photograph.”

“Water Becomes Warm, 2017” by Lauren Parks

For photographer and videographer Austin Forbord, inspiration comes when he is alone while running or biking. He was jogging through a park in Oakland one evening when he was awestruck by the golden light of the sunset streaming through the trees. Needing a subject to capture the light, he chose his 13-year-old daughter. The end result is a visually striking video titled “Running Away From Me” in which his daughter, clad in a white dress and barefoot, is shown endlessly running. She is the essence of youth and innocence, yet the piece is also alluding to a transition to womanhood and a looking ahead at what’s to come.

“Running Away From Me, 2017” by Austin Forbord

Join us for our next Artists in Conversation event on Wednesday, February 28, with speakers Diane Tate DallasKidd, Howard Hersh, Barbara Bryn Klare and Carrie Ann Plank. Tracks and Echoes is on view at DZINE Gallery through April 2018.

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