Rachel Klinghoffer “Suspended in My Masquerade”

Ortega y Gasset Projects @ The Old American Can Factory

poster for Rachel Klinghoffer “Suspended in My Masquerade”

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Suspended in my Masquerade, referencing a lyric from Springsteen’s Growin’ Up, investigates the complex rituals surrounding memory and sentimental objects. Driven by a strong emotional connection to her family, friends and community, Klinghoffer pays homage to the past by literally suspending those personal items in time and space, imploring viewers to excavate. Simultaneously organic and alien-like, her sculptural forms are covered, surface textures obliterated and then exquisitely adorned with small embedded objects of personal significance. Surface colors reference the Romantics, particularly the Hudson River School with its emphasis on the subtleties and range of light. Her laboriously manipulated sculptural shapes hint at everyday objects including pre-loved sneakers, repurposed precious and semiprecious stones including rubies, sapphires, emeralds, even diamonds. Closer inspection allows for explanation of the greater meanings designated to each item.

[Image: Detail, We lived beneath the waves, 2020, 64 x 12 x 4 inches, Vase from mom, hotel room key from vacation with husband to Hawaii, rocks from flower arrangement from father, ribbons from gift from when daughter was born, ripped slip, husbands childhood knight figurine, daughters dried play dough, daughters ripped Elsa costume, ribbon from gift from when son was born from friend, balloon from when brought son home from hospital when he was born, beads from sculpture from grad school, earrings from niece, necklace from uncle, Hanukkah tinsel, ring from uncle, crystals from mom and dad, vintage Swarovski crystals from past sculpture, leftover glitter from birthday cards, Swarovski crystal’s, cork, spider plant from friend originally from Lee Krasner, planter, macramé planter, jacquard dyna flow, white coated chain, planter marble, magic smooth, encapso k]



from January 25, 2020 to March 29, 2020

Opening Reception on 2020-01-25 from 18:00 to 21:00

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