Jan 18th 2013

Rebecca Rothfus

@ D Gallery

623 S. Wabash, Room 717D, Chicago IL

Opening Friday, January 18th, from 12PM - 1AM

On view through Monday, March 18th

For many years Rothfus’ artwork has investigated the visual and symbolic contrast between cell towers and their physical surroundings. She spends a great deal of time looking up, considering whether or not we are supposed to notice, perhaps even find beauty in these objects of infrastructure sprawling across our modern landscapes. Most recently, she has turned her curiosities downward toward the untouched, hidden parts of our landscapes. In this current body of work she explores mineral and rock formations created over long periods of time, in the ground beneath us. When examined closely, these crystal structures, though naturally derived, have the look and feel of engineered objects. They appear to be miniature landscapes of their own; microscopic drafts of what was or what might be ahead. Though she has shifted subject matter towards mineral formations, the inquiry remains consistent: In what way are we meant to see these objects? What gives an object the sense that it is not of this world? What makes something simultaneously beautiful and foreign to its surroundings?

Rebecca Rothfus is a visual artist based in Austin, Texas. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in 2005. Rothfus has exhibited in group and solo shows throughout the United States, including Galleri Urbane (TX), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (CA), Pentimenti Gallery (PA) and Urban Arts Space at OSU (OH).

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