Rachel Rose, Lake Valley

Rachel Rose, Lake Valley

Rachel Rose, Lake Valley (film still), 2016

Bar Laika presents
Rachel Rose, Lake Valley
December 19, 2019, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Join us at Bar Laika on Thursday, December 19 at 9pm for a screening of Rachel Rose’s Lake Valley.

Rachel Rose, Lake Valley, 2016, 8:25 minutes
Lake Valley is a cel-animated video set in an imagined suburb. Each frame is a composite of elements from 19th-20th century children’s book illustrations that are cut, layered, and re-mapped for the present-day. The suburban places encountered in the video—the house, the parking lot, the park—are familiar and not. There is a simultaneity of past and present in all surfaces of the video: a plastic garbage bag is an illustration of a woman’s hair; an egg shell is an amalgam of dragon skin, cobble stones, and beer. 

The story of Lake Valley follows an imagined pet as it seeks attention on one particularly lonely day. The pet leaves its family in search of connection in the nearby green. The narrative is rooted in the theme of abandonment that permeates childhood in children’s literature. Abandonment, like a suburban house, is relatively ordinary experience sustained by everyday routines and anxieties.

The work of Rachel Rose (b. 1986) explores how our changing relationship to landscape has shaped story-telling and belief systems. Rose draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation, and through her subjects —whether investigating cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, or the sensory experience of walking in outer space — she questions what it is that makes us human and the ways we seek to alter and escape that designation.

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Rachel Rose lives and works in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include: GL STRAND, Copenhagen (2023); SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (2023); Gladstone Gallery, Seoul (2023); CC Strombeek, Strombeek (2022); Pond Society, Shanghai (2020); Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2020); Fridericianum, Kassel (2019); LUMA Foundation, Arles (2019); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2018); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2018); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2017); Museu Serralves, Porto (2016); The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (2016); The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Serpentine Gallery, London (2015); and Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2015). Recent and upcoming group exhibitions include: Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2024); START Museum, Shanghai (2024); ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark (2023); Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2023); Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Geneva (2023); Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2023); 3rd Jeju Biennale (2022); 9th Beijing Biennale (2022); The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2022); Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis (2022); Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin (2021); Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, US (2021); Artspace, Sydney (2021); Art Sonje Center, Seoul (2021); A Tale of A Tub, Tlön Projects, Rotterdam (2021); Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2020); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2018); Carnegie International, 57th Edition, Pittsburgh (2018); 57th Venice Biennale (2017); 32nd São Paudalo Biennial (2016); Hayward Gallery, London (2016); and Okayama Art Summit, Japan (2016). She is the recipient of the Future Fields Award and the Frieze Artist Award.

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