Private View Thursday 12th September, 2013, 6-9pm
13th September - 27th October
Open Friday-Sunday 12-6pm
Rachel Reupke has been testing the potential and limitations of the ready-made digital image since the 1990s.Through the re-creation of scenarios inside expressionless new-build interiors, her innocuous universe is stitched together from commercial stock footage presenting contemporary life as a reduction of stylised social rituals. Receiving a Flamin Production award in 2011 she has just completed a large-scale film project, Wine & Spirits, to be screened at the 'Oberhausen film festival' in May this year.
Reupke’s film footage, which often consists entirely of pre-scripted micro-narratives with the barest pretext for live-action, is often tested using a more artisanal approach to technological advancement. Using the computer she reduces the structural and stylistic elements of her ideas by choosing the ease and artistic crafting of a material that should be free of any sign of individuality, with sound, colour and image mined from home office applications such as Microsoft ‘Windows Vista’ menus. For every object, expression or mood there is a stock image available with a slightly improved reality as Reupke subtly challenges the methods of the sanitised aspirations of marketing industries.
Selected solo exhibitions include '10 Seconds or Greater', Picture This, Bristol, UK, 2010,'Swing Swang', Moot, Nottingham, UK, 2009, and 'Rachel Reupke', Le Parvis centre d'art contemporain/Vidéo K.01, France, 2008. She has been included in various group presentations which include 'Images Rendered Bare. Vacant. Recognizable', Stadium, New York, USA, 2012 'Transformed Land', Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France, 2011. 'Film Lounge', Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, 2010 and 'The Politics in the Room', LUX AAP online exhibition, 2009.