One of the most exciting and visionary young artists working today, Rachel Rose’s solo show at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery creates an immersive environment through movement, sound and colour.
Exhibition: 1 Oct 2015 – 8 Nov 2015 Address: Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, W2 2AR Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 10am – 6pm (free entry)
Winner of the first Frieze Artist Award, Rachel Rose’s exhibition at the Serpentine features a unique site-specific installation interweaving two of her most recent videos, A Minute Ago (2014) and Palisades in Palisades (2014).
These pieces collectively provide the inspiration for an accompanying limited vinyl edition, released by The Vinyl Factory. Artwork from the former on the cover and the mesmerising collaged soundtrack for the latter providing the audio. Limited to 100 copies, hand signed and numbered by the artist, the edition is pressed onto one-sided heavyweight clear vinyl.
A Minute Ago begins with a video of a sudden and apocalyptic-like hailstorm in Siberia, over which Rose layers a sound recording of Pink Floyd’s ‘Echoes’ playing to an empty amphitheatre in Pompeii. This scene is fused with Rose’s own footage of Philip Johnson’s Glass House, incorporating a tour led by the architect himself (rotoscoped in from an old VHS).
In Palisades in Palisades Rose uses a remote control lens and a precise trompe-l’œil editing technique to link a girl standing on the banks of the Hudson River at the Palisades Interstate Park in New York, to different moments in the landscape’s history, including the memory of the site’s involvement in the American Revolutionary War.
Through the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated events, Rose’s work presents humanity’s shared current anxieties and their multi-layered interconnectivity: our changing relationship to the natural world, the advance of technology, our own mortality and the impact of history.