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A Regular Riot by Gerri Rachins

Exhibition  /  01 Feb 2014  -  28 Feb 2014
Published: 12.02.2014
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Intro
"Inherent in these seemingly playful paintings is an underlying structure that is constantly disrupted by contradictions in color, shape, composition, and illusions of pictorial space." - Gerri Rachins, 2014

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Gerri Rachins
"In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is - as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art. In order to use color effectively it is necessary to recognize that color deceives continually." - Joseph Albers, The Interaction of Color

"Inherent in these seemingly playful paintings is an underlying structure that is constantly disrupted by contradictions in color, shape, composition, and illusions of pictorial space. Fundamental visual elements intentionally shift, slip, and at times, slither away. The paintings are influenced by my thoughts about living in a media driven society in which everything clamors for our attention at the same time, and a cognitive state of partial attention is the norm." - Gerri Rachins, 2014

Rachins' latest series of paintings from "A Regular Riot" is also influenced by her love of color, the painting process, and the history of 20th century abstraction. She has been teaching color theory, painting, and drawing courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Massachusetts College of Art and Design for over 12 years. The paintings in "A Regular Riot" are motivated by the seemingly simple acts of the painter's studio practice combined with Rachins' knowledge of color history and use in art and culture. She explores simple color structures in the paintings and expands upon them resulting in either harmonious or discordant relationships.

The tools used by the artist are an important component of the work. According to Rachins: "The brush circumference and the movement of my hand, initially determines the size and edges of the colored shapes in the paintings. As the shapes and colors develop, pictorial space emerges. In these new paintings I wanted the illusion of space to appear shallow, overcrowded and jammed."

Remarks

Opening reception to meet the artist: Saturday, February 1st, 3-5 pm
RSVP: mobiliaart@verizon.net

Gerri Rachins received a Master of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art, and also studied at The New York Studio School. Rachins currently teaches at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work was included in the most recent I-95 Triennial 2013: "From Connecticut to Maine," an exhibition at The University of Maine Museum of Art that occurs every three years which "features a survey of the finest contemporary artists working in five New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island." Rachins has been a Visiting Artist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a Cultural Agenda Fund Panelist for the City of Boston, a Program Coordinator for the Boston Mayor's Youth Arts Corps, and was recently nominated for a Saint Botolph Club Foundation Artist Award.
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