Rachel Howard’s largest major solo exhibition in Rome opens on the 22 September at MACRO Testaccio.
The exhibition will be housed in the museum’s Testaccio building, a former slaughterhouse. The centre space will be occupied by Howard’s Paintings of Violence (Why I am not a mere Christian), an installation of ten paintings and one sculpture. Created over a period of five years from 2011 – 2016, Howard continues her examination of religion, mortality and violence, specifically ‘controlled violence’, meticulously planned and calmly executed. The title is taken from two opposing polemics, Why I Am Not a Christian by Bertrand Russell and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
More of Howard’s new and recent paintings that explore pattern and the grid, are exhibited in galleries either side of the main space. These paintings explore the idiosyncratic qualities of oil paint, unpicking the accepted rules of engagement with this most traditional of mediums. In the large-scale canvases, Symptoms and Side Effects, (2016) and Wood for Trees, (2016) an interchange between background and foreground is specifically explored. She describes her aim, ‘to bring the decorative forward, to give it a life of its own, to play with pattern as perhaps reflecting a mental interior as well as a literal interior’. These paintings alongside the grid paintings explore ideas of order and entropy.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Bohen Foundation. A publication on the Paintings of Violence will be published later this month. The Paintings of Violence will travel to the MASS MoCA as a solo presentation, in 2017.
22nd September – 18th October, 2016 Macro Testaccio, Padiglione 9B, Piazza O. Giustiniani 4, 00153 Roma
On the occasion of the exhibition of Rachel Howard‘s new print series,
‘Reasons’, Other Criteria is pleased to invite you for drinks, Saturday 28th May April, from 12–2pm. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rachel Howard’s new series, ‘Reasons’, will be exhibited in both Other Criteria London and Ilfracombe until the 10th of July, 2016.
“These images, these pieces, particularly, are starting to feel more personal, which is why I really like the title Ballads: something short, of a very powerful action or powerful moment, that can be described in an image of short sentence or two. “ Eduardo Sarabia
The ‘Ballads’ exhibition will be running from June 3rd until July 5th, 2015 at Other Criteria New York, 458 Broome Street, NYC.
Thanks to all who attended The Folly Acres Cook Book launch in New York City on Wednesday, April 8th. Sue Webster presented her semi-autographical cookbook and read some extracts with her good friend PJ Harvey. The book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by the artist-duo Tim Noble and Sue Webster, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.
Other Criteria & Marc Jacobs have produced a limited edition T-shirt designed in a collaboration between the artist Damien Hirst and the fashion designer. Based on Hirst's painting sold to benefit Kids Company in 2013 the artist's trademark spots interpret Disney's much loved Mickey Mouse.
All profits will be donated to Kids Company, a UK charity Hirst has long supported. Based in London and established in 1996, Kids Company provides practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people. www.kidsco.org.uk
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