Rochelle Goldberg, Born in a beam of light, installation view, the Arena, December 2019. Ceramic, steel, aluminum, bronze, glass bowls, fleece, plastic, acrylic, lead, optical fibers, resin, light engines, lightbulbs, celeriac

Rochelle Goldberg

Rochelle Goldberg concluded her residency with an exhibition entitled Born in a Beam of Light Part 1 that filled the central area of the Arena.

Goldberg creates sculptural installations using diverse materials—ceramic busts and animal figures, sprouting chia seeds, crude oil, LED lights, steel frames, and much else—that evoke fragmentary scenarios in which boundaries between the animate and inanimate are confused and the processes of decay and renewal are difficult to distinguish. The artist’s term for these unstable relations is “intraction,” a state of flux in which the border between one entity and another is continually undermined. Opening just before dusk on a cold winter day, Goldberg’s exhibition in the Arena, featuring a range of her characteristic materials and processes and presided over by a totemic bust or scarecrow figure, suggested both a homestead garden and a science experiment gone awry.

Rochelle Goldberg received her MFA from Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY, in 2014. Recent solo exhibitions include 1000 ‘emotions,’ Federico Vavassori, Milan (2018); Pétroleuse, Éclair, Berlin (2018); Intralocutors, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York, (2017); No Where, Now Here, GAMeC, Bergamo (2016); A Worm Filled Body, Parisian Laundry, Montreal (2016); and The Plastic Thirsty, SculptureCenter, Long Island City (2016). Recent group exhibitions include Nature, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2018); Zur Rebschänke, Weiss Falk, Basel (2017); Okayama Art Summit, Okayama (2016); and Mirror Cells, Whitney Museum, New York (2016). The artist is a 2015 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and was the artist in residence at the Atelier Calder in 2017.