This past weekend I found myself randomly in Chelsea and wandered into the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space on 19th st. It turns out I caught the show, “Rauschenberg Residency: Fruits of Captivaworks from the pilot year of artists at Rauschenberg’s home and studio” just before it closed on August 18.

A quick look into this residency held at Rauschenberg’s house and studio in Captiva, Florida and I found that these artists were invited to participate in the inaugural residency, which is “inspired by Rauschenberg’s early years at Black Mountain College where an artistic community brought out elements central to his legacy, collaboration and exploration, learning from and working with others to break new ground.” (taken from the website).

Here are some artists that stood out from the group. 

LeBrie Rich (website)

LeBrie Rich is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. On display were two of her collages that I found really compelling. Some of her forms remind me of Carrie Moyer’s paintings, and I’m impressed with the depth Rich achieves with the collaged materials. Below are other works from the series taken from her website.

LeBrie Rich, Collage, 2012 - present Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5" x 7" - 14" x 20"  An ongoing series.

LeBrie Rich, Collage, 2012 – present
Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5″x7″ – 14″x20″
An ongoing series.

Collage, 2012 - present Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5" x 7" - 14" x 20"  An ongoing series.

LeBrie Rich, Collage, 2012 – present
Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5″x7″ – 14″x20″
An ongoing series.

Collage, 2012 - present Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5" x 7" - 14" x 20"  An ongoing series.

LeBrie Rich, Collage, 2012 – present
Found and handmade Japanese papers, advertisements and junk mail. 5″x7″ – 14″x20″
An ongoing series.

Will Cotton (website)

I didn’t immediately put it together that this was the artist who painted Katy Perry in various candy dreamland images, but then again, how could it not be. On display was his “Frosting Basket Dress” he created based on Dolce & Gabana that was featured in a NY Mag spread worn by Elle Fanning.

Corset and earrings, Will Cotton, based on Dolce & Gabbana. Headpiece, Will Cotton. Bodysuit, Dolce & Gabbana, available at 825 Madison Ave.; 212-249-4100.

Corset and earrings, Will Cotton, based on Dolce & Gabbana. Headpiece, Will Cotton. Bodysuit, Dolce & Gabbana, available at 825 Madison Ave.; 212-249-4100.

I liked seeing the corset in person. It plays with the ideas of hard and soft, and brings forth ideas of consumption and pleasure, especially as they relate to the female body. His paintings go a little too Jeff Koons “Made in Heaven” for me, but they certainly speak of the haunting reality of the male gaze and female eye candy – quite literally. I can’t decide if he loves or hates women or just sees them as toys and props.

 

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