Statement

I am attentive to environments, both domestic or vocational, as an extension and reflection of their inhabitants. What are our ideals? What makes us feel safe? And how? For the past decade I have articulated these ideas in both ballpoint and lithography ink paintings of vacant scenes and domestic objects. The geometry of rooms rhythmically connects and disconnects through an emphasis on line and plane in monochromatic, often multi-panel paintings on a vintage architectural drafting material and most recently on fabric wrapped wood panels. Empty furniture, architectural details, interstitial moments between rooms become traces of the humans that inhabited and created these environments and seem to offer more human emotions than a face or figure could. The vacancy allows the viewer some room and resonant stories of how we might like to perform the act of living unfold. Early Modernism (specifically the interwar period) and its stylistic timelessness, anonymity and embodiment of humanist ideals is a significant point of reference. I look at sanatoriums, housing projects, private homes, offices and factories from the 1920s and 1930s as continually relevant examples of the human need to feel safe against the backdrop of a world in political, cultural and economic chaos.

 
 

 

Curriculum Vitae

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REBECCA E. CHAMBERLAIN

Born 1970, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

 

EDUCATION

1987-1991
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1991
Ravensbourne College of Design, Chiselhurst, England

 

EXHIBITIONS

2016
Wrap Around 9, Curated by Renée Riccardo, ARENA@Suite 806, NY

2015
Landscape Architect, Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

2014
Thank You, DODGEgallery, New York, NY

2013
A Home, Not a Metaphor, The Real Thing, Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam, NL
Homatorium I, DODGEgallery, New York, NY

2012
Size Matters, DODGEgallery, New York, NY

2011
The Last Space, Openhouse Gallery, New York, NY
SHAKEDOWN, DODGEgallery, New York, NY
…Wouldn't it be sublime…, DODGEgallery, New York, NY

2010
Vivid: Female Currents in Painting, Schroeder, Romero & Shredder, New York, NY
DRAMATIS PERSONAE, DODGEgallery, New York, NY 
Sites of Memory: Architecture and Remembering, curated by William Stover, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY 
Empire State of Mind, VOLTA NY with judi rotenberg gallery, New York, NY

2009
Pre- Occupation, judi rotenberg gallery, Boston, MA

2008
Death Is Not The End, 31 Grand, NYC
Summer, Knoedler Project Space, NYC
Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC

2007 
Three for Society, 303 Gallery, New York, NY
In Pursuit of Happiness, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
At Work, judi rotenberg gallery, Boston, MA
Interiors, Imoderni, Miami, FL
Just a Ghostly Paper Sigh, 31 Grand Gallery, New York, NY

2006 
New York, New Work, Agenzia 04, Bolognia, Italy

2005 
Group Show, Audio Engine, NY
Inside/Out, The Garage, Jersey city, NJ 
#3, Champion Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 
Dead Kids do Nothing, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY

2004
The Studio, David Allen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
Art & Community VI: The Color Project, Esther M. Klien Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003
KAWAII / tête á tête - Twins Series, PUSH, NYC

2002
KAWAII / tête á tête, Move Lab, NYC

1999
Size Matters, Gail Gates fine art, Dumbo NY
A Room With a View, Sixth @ Prince Fine Art, NYC

1998
KAWAII / tête á tête – XMAS Messages, Showroom Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
WAIT STATION, Showroom Gallery at The Art Exchange, NYC

1995
Smells Like Vinyl at Roger Merian Gallery, NYC

 

PRESS

 2015
Chamberlain, Rebecca with Nagel, Alexander, ‘'Rebecca Chamberlain and the Shoin Rooms of Japan (17th Century)’’, Brooklyn Rail, September

 2013
Kunawong, Muanfun, ‘’Loving Rebecca Chamberlain’’, SftPwr, March

2011
Rice, Traven, “Art Worth Seeing on the Lower East Side,” The Lo-Down, May
Indrisek, Scott, “The Agenda,” Artinfo.com, May
Walleston, Aimee, “The Shadows of Modernism: Rebecca Chamberlain,” Art in America, May
Moran, Jarrett, “Rebecca Chamberlain,” Artlog, May
Miranda, Caroline, “This Week: Must-See Arts in the City,” WNYC.org, May
Safronova, Valeriya, “Exhibiti See: “Wouldn’t it be sublime…” Opens on Saturday,” complex.com, May
Gaddy, James, “Art and About in May,” NYCgo.com, April
Edwards, Meghan, “Cracked Spaces,” V and M, April
“Rebecca Chamberlain,” THE LAST MAGAZINE, March
Smith, Roberta, “VIVID,” The New York Times, January

2010
Billard, Mary, "The Designer Marcia Patmos Has a Solo Collection," The New York Times, December
"Common Thread," Elle Magazine, December
Banai, Nuit, "Rebecca Chamberlain," Artforum, January

2008
"Gallery-Going,"The New York Sun, July

2007
McQuaid, Cate, "At Play in the halls of power," The Boston Globe, September
Armetta, Amoreen, "Three for Society," Time Out, July
Goodbody, Bridget, "Three for Society," The New York Times, June

2006
"New York New York," l'arte della Grande Mela Gli universi nascosti e reali di tre emegenti, bologna da vivere, June
"New York, New York, tre giovni artiste," Bologna il Resto del Carlino, June
Musso, Claudio, "New York New Work," Exhibition on Paper, March
Paderni, Marinella, "New York, New York," tema celeste, March
Salferno, Paolo, "New York, New Work," Exhibition Round Table, February

2005
Purves, Miranda, "House Party," ELLE, December
Wolf, "Summer Group Shows Roundup," Flash Art, October
Johnson, "Last Chance Review," The New York Times, July
Cohen, "Gallery - Going," The New York Sun, July

2002 
Dergan, Hogan, "Cash and Carry Art," SMOCK, Vol.2 #1, Winter

2001
Fenton, "Music," WIRED 9, April

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2013
The Fifth Season, Den Dolder, Netherlands

2012
NYFA Painting Fellow, NY

2010
Artlog, Best Booth at VOLTA NY

2009
Joan Mitchell grant to attend Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency

2006
Johns Hopkins University Travel Fellowship

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2014
Visiting Artist/Critic, Pratt, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Artist/Critic, Parsons, New York, NY

2013
Artist Lecture Series, Barnes Museum, Philadelphia, PA


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