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Rachel MacFarlane

Space Eater Takes Motion

2011, Oil on canvas, 48"w x 60"h

My studio is a laboratory for the pedestrian and unwanted to become the grandiose and astonishing. I make maquettes from found materials (mostly refuse) that are arranged and lit as small-scale dioramas. In these tiny banal spaces, the edge of a cardboard cup may become a barricade, a chrome Mylar base presents itself as a reflective swamp and broken matchsticks transform into an architectural monument. These manufactured settings are used as still-lifes and are then transcribed into larger-scale paintings of abstract “space-scapes.” The painted spaces are both mimetic and abstract, invested in exploring how painting is simultaneously illusory and material, transcendental and temporal, propositional and definitive.

Rachel MacFarlane - Space Eater Takes Motion

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Due to the building guidelines that are in place in response to the COVID-19 situation, we are unable to install a new art exhibit in our Farmington Hills, Michigan and Fort Worth, Texas offices.

Thankfully, the majority of artists who currently have their work on display in our Michigan and Texas locations have graciously allowed us to continue to do so through the spring of 2021. We would like to extend a huge thank you to those artists and we look forward to continuing with a new exhibition in the summer of 2021.