Rachel Rotenberg: Sanity
In the Gershman Gallery: April 19 – August 5, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 26
5:30-7:30 PM • Free
Rachel Rotenberg utilizes wood and vines to create dynamic, organic, and heroic sculptures. Through them, we find our place in the world and connect to forces larger than ourselves. She sees them as metaphors for a plethora of relationships, muscular movements that are both mysterious and provocative. Rotenberg begins her creative process with pencil drawings. She states of the drawings and the resultant sculptures: “My drawings narrate my interior dialogue. I work the ideas until a leading image emerges, then I begin construction, cutting and laminating cedar lumber. I often return to my sketch book to solve issues that arise, I remain conscious of the dialogue between the two-dimensional drawing and the emerging sculpture. Both must be respected for the sculpture to reach its potential. Once the form is complete I apply texture and color to differentiate relationships and lead the viewers eye through the sculpture.”
Rachel Rotenberg was born in Toronto, Canada. She attended the University in Toronto, Jerusalem and New York City receiving her BFA from York University in 1981. In 1984, she moved to a studio in Williamsburg Brooklyn choosing wood as her primary medium. Rotenberg moved to Baltimore with her family in 1994. In 2015, she began sculpting for extended periods of time overseas in Israel. She has received artist grants from the Franz and Virginia Bader Fund, the Harold and Ruth Chenven Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She has also received a Creative Baltimore Individual Artist Award, and grants from the Art Bank of Canada and the E.D. Foundation. Rotenberg has exhibited her sculpture throughout the North East corridor of the United States including solo exhibits in The McLean Project for the Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Mount St. Mary’s University, Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Hillyer Art Gallery in Washington DC, The Washington County Museum of Art and many Maryland area galleries including the Montpelier Arts Center, The Delaplaine Arts Center, Atkins Arboretum Gallery, The Silber Gallery at Goucher College and Baltimore’s Creative Alliance at the Patterson.