WHITE BOX CONTEMPORARY
Sasha Koozel Reibstein
The exhibition will feature large scale mixed media sculptures alongside screen prints and relief wall works that are inspired by the complex relationship between our physiology and psychology.
October 25, 2014
7 pm to 9 pm
"It Would Take A Great Wind to Topple Me Now"
40" x 18" x 20", ceramic, encaustic, mixed media,
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1040 7th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
Inadequate (jagged breath), 12" x 12" x 1", thread, fabric, graphite, $6,000
ABOUT THE ARTIST -
Sasha K. Reibstein is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Head of the Ceramics Program at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art in 2005 and her BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in Ceramics and Painting in 2000. Sasha's artwork is both confrontational and elegant, questioning our relationship with the physical world, from the environment in which we live to our own bodies.
Flicker & Spark (grouping #1), 36" x 36" x 1", wood, flock, screenprint, 2014, $2,700.
My work explores both my fascination and frustration with the fragile balance between our physiology and psychology. We share a complicated relationship with our bodies, fueling experiences which range from ecstatic or comfortable to anxiety-ridden, awkward or painful. It is our most intimate relationship, and in this develops a strong familiarity and trust, while also ultimately serving as our greatest betrayal when age, disease and dysfunction cause inevitable deterioration. While modern medicine has provided incredible insight into genetics and the chemistry and anatomy our bodies, the vastness of what is still unknown is baffling. We have come to expect the ability to treat and manage our maladies yet are frequently confronted with the disappointment of unrealistic expectations. This false sense of control is both beautiful and destructive as we attempt to circumvent our biological limitations and transform into idealized versions of ourselves.
Inadequate (with thready pulse), 12" x 12" x 1", thread, fabric, graphite, $6,000
My current body of work, "Wonder and Weight," simultaneously explores the awe inspired by this complex physiology and the burden it imposes upon us. I am using very direct imagery of pulse rates and brain scans coupled with sculptures comprised of interwoven organs, nerves and drips that together create an unusual landscape that is both recognizable and unsettling. These works explore our response to stress - both in how mental tension is manifested in our physical wellbeing as well as how physical strain can equally have dramatic effects on our mental health.
The Space Between Us, 12" x 9", screenprint on paper, 2014, edition of 10, w/ frame $750, unframed, $600.
Within this body of work is the more optimistic series, "Flicker and Spark," which was directly inspired by images of my own, and my son's, heart rates. I find these images both haunting and beautiful as such a delicate flicker can contain such a strong indicator of life. I am intrigued by the visual similarity between our own natural rhythms and the ones we see in landscape - pulse rates when stretched become mountains and lightning bolts while brain waves mimic the ebb and flow of water and sky. This visual overlap strips away notions that we exist outside of our surroundings and is a reminder of our interconnectedness with the larger universe.
Instinct, 5" x 11" x 13", ceramic, yarn, 2014, $1,200
Flicker & Spark, variable dimensions, each panel is 10" x 10" x 1", wood, flock, screenprint, 2014, price by request ($250-$450 per panel).
White Box Contemporary was established in 2011 by art dealer Alexander Salazar as a contemporary art program that focuses on historically relevant, innovative and pioneering exhibitions spanning a range of media. The gallery represents a distinct group of artists with strong exhibition histories, burgeoning careers and whose work can be found in museums and major collections throughout the world. The gallery's program helps to cultivate the careers of emerging artists by mounting challenging exhibitions and through various partnerships with public cultural institutions.
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