Rachael Whitney is a painter based in Brooklyn, New York. Whitney engages the process of looking by dismantling the perception of color and form into a series of abstract, bitmap patterns. Inspired by the process of vision perception details, such as the mark, dot and tick serve as core to the artist’s work that are set against neutral tones such as gray and beige.
Sample 1 consists of red and silver dots that appear alongside marks of the same color. Spread across an 8.5” x 11” sheet of gray paper, these small cubic patterns allude to digital pixellation. Whitney lends significance to the minimal gesture, channeling and filtering images through the drawing process. Sample 14 features a vertical display of brown dots that appear to move due to the careful placement of contrasts. The overall installation of her work is layered, oscillating between original hand-painted marks and patters that the artist has created from photographing and visually manipulating details of her previous work. The artist aims to capture the fluctuation of real and simulated tableaux that then challenge the views of pattern and its infinite extendibility.
Rachael Whitney earned a BFA from Pratt Institute in 2010. Her work has since appeared in an array of exhibitions. Whitney’s show at 37-16 77th Street Gallery, for instance, took place from September 23rd to September 30th, 2011 and was a collaborative group show. In October 2011 the artist exhibited her paintings at the Two Moon Café in a show titled You Can Have Your Void and Eat It Too. The artist’s work was chosen for the Brenda Taylor Gallery, as part of a group exhibition in January 2012. Whitney recently exhibited a selection of aluminum prints that were hung on top of her own custom-designed wallpaper.
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