Interfold: Miller Yezerski Gallery

May 2, 2016

I’m thrilled to share news of my first solo exhibition with Miller Yezerski Gallery (Boston, MA). The reception will be Friday, May 6 5-8pm. Please join me if you can!

PRESS RELEASE

We are pleased to announce an exhibition of recent paintings by Rachel Hellmann. Interfold is Hellmann’s first exhibition with Miller Yezerski Gallery.   There will be a reception for the artist on Friday May 6, 5-8 pm.

Interfold:  to fold together or inside one another

Rachel Hellman explores the physical limitations of painting, using both two-dimensional and three-dimensional surfaces.  Her creative process begins with models of bendable plastic. Hellmann then translates these pliable forms into wood, a process filled with complex problem solving.  These solid physical forms fold in expressive ways influencing the impact of light and color.  Angular edges and deep projections are further articulated by the deliberate lines and grids of Hellmann’s painting surface. She describes her vocabulary of forms, “these simplified elements [bars, grids, lines, color] …create a play with perception and a vibration between the logical and the unexpected.”  The artists choice of bold colors underscore the “painting as object”, creating strong geometries made even more physical by the wooden forms that project into space.  The two-dimensional qualities of the paintings on paper provide a foil to Hellmann’s sculptural pieces.  These handsome works allow the viewer to experience the physicality of paint on the flat medium of paper, and the accomplished sculptural illusions that are created.

Rachel Hellmann recieved her B.F.A. from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH and her M.F.A. from Boston University. She currently lives in Terre Haute, Indiana, working full-time on her art. Hellmann has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently she collaborated with artist Jennifer Caine during a residency at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover,Massachusetts, and for an installation at the University of Indianapolis Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.