Rachel Rampleman - TORRENT by jac lahav

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Please join us September 16th for a HUGE show by the amazing Rachel Rampleman. This will be our final exhibition of the season, SAD!

The 42 Social Club is pleased to present TORRENT - a solo exhibition by NYC-based multimedia artist Rachel Rampleman. In this exhibition Rampleman examines the notion of a torrent: defined as both a rushing, violent, unceasing flow and the modern method of pirating digital information. Rampleman will premiere a new multi-channel video installation continuing her explorations into the fascinating world of Youtube makeup tutorials. This time the lens is focused on a strange, politically satirical, trend that has come to be known as "Trumping".  

Rampleman’s new work unveils a unique subculture of female/femme-identifying makeup artists imitating, and often mocking, Donald Trump. In TORRENT, Rampleman will contrast these Trumping videos with a series of landscape photographs and additional single / multi-channel video works. The result of this juxtaposition is a reflection on the tumultuous state of the nation highlighting the natural and digital effects of a torrent.  


Born and raised in the suburbs of the Midwest, Rampleman creates bodies of work that explore subjects like gender, spectacle, and the excesses of popular culture. Part directorial, part curatorial, and part anthropological, she probes into overlooked elements of our culture to reveal an expanded landscape of American life.

Rampleman’s work frequently showcases exuberantly bold and irrepressible female/femme personalities who revel in challenging common clichés associated with masculinity and femininity, and who often assume roles stereotypically associated with men. This is a world where sexual braggadocio, heavy-metal rock stardom, or hyper-muscularity have become characteristic of feminine prowess. Working primarily with lens-based media, Rampleman has made work ranging from documentary style videos and photos (such as Girls Girls Girls, the world’s first and only all female Mötley Crüe tribute band), to experimental video series (such as Busby Berkeley 2.0 - in which nostalgic 1930s routines choreographed by Berkeley are transformed into something more hypnotic, industrial and menacing).

Rampleman's work has been shown in at The Warhol Museum, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Cleopatra’s, VOLTA NY, Petzel Gallery, Socrates Sculpture Park, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Flux Factory, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NP Contemporary Art Center, Envoy Enterprises, among many other venues.

http://rachelrampleman.com/


David Smith - Memory Palace by jac lahav

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David B. Smith holds an MFA from Bard College and has been awarded residencies by Socrates Sculpture Park, Apex Art, New Zealand; Harold Arts, Ohio; Waterpod, and the BOFFO residency, New York. Smith’s work has appeared in exhibitons at MoMA PS 1, The International Center of Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Asia Song Socitey, John Connelly Presents and Halsey McKay Gallery. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Rachel Ostrow - Up She Flew by jac lahav


Rachel Ostrow is a painter/printmaker living in Brooklyn NY. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University CT and Hunter College NY. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries including recent shows at BRIC Arts Media (Brooklyn NY), Galerie Rene Blouin (Montreal Canada), Kenan Center (Lockport NY), International Print Center New York, among others.

Harriet Salmon - Surface Area by jac lahav


The 42 Social Club in Lyme, Connecticut is pleased to announce it’s inaugural exhibition, Surface Area, new works from Brooklyn based artist Harriet Salmon.

Hailing from a family of scientists and trained as a sculptor, it seems natural that Salmon’s initial point of departure can be seen as asking the question “how is it made”? This question is played out in various modalities; how objects are made in nature; how human beings aspire to make, and what it means to make. In a selection of drawings and sculptures Salmon interrogates these positions.

Commanding the central gallery space, a luminescent tetrahedron sculpture is the viewers’ first encounter. The minimalist geometric sculpture evokes both the natural and manufactured incarnations of the tetrahedron; a basic shape found in molecular structures as well a form utilized in radar technology, geology, engineering and color space theory.   

In a suite of drawings Salmon approaches the scientific etchings of 19th century naturalist Ernst Haeckel, renowned as an innovator in cellular research and an extremely talented draftsman. Salmon deals with Haeckel's monolithic amoeboid’s by conflating their imagery with design elements reminiscent of science fiction illustration and  heavy metal album cover art - the hybrid of which is an homage to the language of the absolutism in Victorian thought and modernist design.


Harriet Salmon holds a BFA from California College of the Arts (2001) and an MFA from Yale University School of Art (2006). She participated in Socrates Sculpture Parkʼs Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2008 and attended The MacDowell Colony residency in 2009. She has been included in various group exhibitions in New York at the Journal Gallery, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and Postmasters Gallery, among others. Salmon currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

http://www.harrietsalmon.com/