Jun 1st 2018

Rachel Niffenegger’s fifth show at Western Exhibitions opens, along with Michael Pellew’s show in Gallery 2, with a reception for the artists, free and open to the public, on Friday, June 1, 5 to 8pm and will run through July 7. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. The gallery will be closed on July 4. Excerpts from a self-interview are below and the full interview will be available on our website and at the gallery as a take-away:

What is the work about?

Skin ego
Psychotic transcendence
Spirits within and without
Dragging my subconscious curtain
Twin flame runner
Mental hauntings
Living above myself
Mind pool
What sticks
Personal Effluvium
Deep sag
Feeling like I’m floating
Upsetting the atmosphere
Brain beings
Shriveled upon leaving
Scared of the plump
Forgetting my meds

What pieces will you be showing?

Runner with stretched subconscious fabric
Warped images and bone forms
Head Cages
Felt paintings on panel
Framed copier manipulations
Grommeted collages

What has changed since your last show at the gallery?

There is more sex and babies
I understand beauty
Death is now harder
Post-milk production
I’m more scared
Dried Slime Trauma
Balloons leave
Tipped towards transcendence
Revisited the ashes
Hate more people

Rachel Niffenegger’s work has been included in group show at the Museum for Modern Art in Arnhem, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Tracy Williams LTD, Bourouina Gallery in Berlin, Ceri Hand Gallery in Liverpool, and The Suburban in Milwaukee. In 2012 she completed a 9-month residency at DE ATELIERS in Amsterdam. Niffenegger, born in Evanston in 1985, received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from Northwestern University. She lives and works in Chicago.

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