Infra/Structure: Rachel Hellmann
January 16, 2015 – March 21, 2015
Rachel Hellmann’s exhibition Infra/Structure features an assortment of mixed-media works on paper along with a suite of shaped compositions that explore the intersection of painting and sculpture. Long-fascinated with architecture and interior spaces, the artist’s compositions offer an interplay of geometry, light and color. Hellmann meticulously creates her three-dimensional, wall-based works through a process by which various shaped forms crafted from poplar wood are planed, cut, pieced together, glued, clamped and sanded. The painted and drawn bands depict color relationships which range from subtle to bold; the arrangement of these elements is in direct response to the unique qualities of each sculpted form. “Simplified elements, combined with subtle gradations of color, create a play with perception and a vibration between the logical and poetic,” states the artist.
Hellmann’s exploration of “painting as object”, in which the artist has fully considered all surfaces of the forms, invites the viewer to experience the works from multiple perspectives.