Wine & Spirits
Cell Project Space presents a solo presentation of work by the artist Rachel Reupke, bringing together newly commissioned work for the gallery comprising of film and print works. Rachel Reupke has been testing the potential and limitations of the digital image since the 1990s. From webcam films to the recreation of popular stock footage scenarios inside expressionless new-build interiors, her innocuous universe is stitched together from a lexicon of commercial image production, presenting contemporary life as a reduction of stylised social rituals. Receiving a FLAMIN production award in 2011 she has just completed a new film, Wine & Spirits, which was screened at the Oberhausen Film Festival in May this year.
Reupke’s videos often consist of scripted micro-narratives, offering but the barest pretext for live action. Made using an artisanal approach to technological advancement, using the computer she reduces the structural and stylistic elements of her ideas, crafting the material to be free of any sign of individuality. For every object, expression or mood there is an 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 Gang', Moot, Nottingham, UK, 2009, and 'Rachel Reupke', Le Parvis Centre d'Art Contemporain, France, 2008. She has been included in various group presentations which include 'Images Rendered Bare. Vacant. Recognizable', Stadium, New York, USA, 2012 and 'Transformed Land', Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France, 2011. Recent screenings include 'A Blurred Boundary is still a Boundary', ICA, London, 2012 and 'Alma Mater', Whitechapel Gallery.
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