RACHEL RAMPLEMAN (TTTT30)
24/03 - 03/04/2016
Open: 24/25/26/27 March & 02/03 April 2016 (14h - 19h)
+ By appointment.
De werken van de New Yorkse Rachel Rampleman gaan over de 'uitwassen' van onze populaire cultuur, waarbij zij zich vooral focust op de rol van vrouwen. Haar video's draaien bijvoorbeeld rond fancultuur, tribute bands en de vroegere obsessie van haar zusje voor Bret Michaels (de frontman van Poison) etcetera. Nu eens presenteert ze haar werk als documentaire, dan weer als videoclip, afhankelijk van het thema dat ze behandelt.
Voor haar solo in TTTT zal ze de ruimte veranderen in een all-over installatie die in het verlengde van haar videowerken ligt. De ruimte wordt zo een transformatie naar de hallucinerende wereld van Rachel Rampleman.
Tevens zal op 27e februari, tijdens de Gent Matinees, haar Europese boek presentatie "Baby's on Fire" plaatsvinden in TTTT. Ook zal de artist talk worden bijgestaan door Joel Brendan (www.thelessyousee.com) en de CEPA Directeur David Mitchell (www.david-mitchell.com).
These Things Take Time is pleased to announce Raw Power — the first European solo exhibition of Brooklyn–based artist Rachel Rampleman.
The multi-media work of New York artist Rachel Rampleman often deals with the excesses of popular culture, and with the exploration and examination of constructs of “feminine” identity as a recurrent subject within it. Part directorial, part curatorial, and part anthropological, she probes into oft–overlooked elements of pop culture to reveal an expanded landscape of contemporary life. Her astute observations — awash with empathy and rife with psychological complexity — hint at an underlying dissonance that straddles the absurd.
Rampleman’s work frequently showcases strong female personalities — women who are simultaneously aberrant and superhuman — who challenge the common clichés of masculinity and femininity, and who often assume roles typically associated with men. This is a landscape where sexual braggadocio or hyper-muscularity have become characteristic of feminine prowess. Working primarily with time-based media, Rampleman has made work ranging from documentary style videos such as Poison (My Sister Fucked Bret Michaels), to experimental video series such as Busby Berkeley 2.0 - in which nostalgic 1930s routines choreographed by Berkeley and performed by Hollywood showgirls are transformed into something more hypn
otic, industrial and menacing, to micro-looped, multi-channel video installations such as Bodybuilder Vignettes, made from appropriated footage of professional female bodybuilders at a competition circa 2015.
For her solo exhibition at TTTT, Rampleman will premiere several new works inspired by the essay “The Objectified Body” by TTTT curators Godart Bakkers and Charlotte Van Buylaere – commissioned for and featured in her artist book, “Baby's on Fire”. She will transform the space into an immersive audio/video installation, showcasing her latest forays into abstractions of the body/bodies, juxtaposed with recent works which inform and precede these newest pieces created for this show. In doing so, the space will be transformed into the hallucinatory world of Rachel Rampleman.
In addition to this, TTTT will host the European launch of her artist book '”Baby's on Fire'”, on the 27th, at the gallery during the Ghent Matinee. The artist talk will be held in the presence of Joel Brenden, (designer of the book and visual artist - www.thelessyousee.com) and moderated by CEPA director David Mitchell (www.david-mitchell.com).