For IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 27, 2018
Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art is pleased to present a conversation booth with artists Rachel Grobstein and Jeremiah Johnson at Pulse Miami 2018, Dec 6-9 @Indian Beach Park, 4601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach FL 33140
Rachel Grobstein explains that her constellations of cut, painted paper are installed directly into the wall with pins, referencing natural specimens and creating an architecture of shadows. Works in a recent series are composed of objects drawn from the mythology of specific constellations, celestial movement, and inventories of daily life. Grobstein has have been researching how space junk is rapidly accumulating in the earth's atmosphere, where it's out of sight like garbage in landfills but not gone. Grobstin’e cut and painted miniature artworks reference daily items that the artists stumbles across and carefully picks from to recreate a rendering of potential “space junk”. The categorization and organization of her constellation pieces go beyond an introspective into the artists mind, directly commenting on our current societies’ excessive consumerism and daily habits. Her work is an ode to humanity, our relation to one another and to the planet Earth. As Grobstein’s work “Bathroom” reminds us, we can always flush it away…but where does it go?
Jeremiah Johnson collects garbage for period of 10 years at a time not to paint it but rather to create artwork that comments on important issues including the housing crisis, health care & environmental issues such as fracking. Johnson’s work shares the combination of an expressive hand and the use of mechanical means of reproduction or rendering. The work is recognized more for its content than its formal characteristics. His work explores the dislocation between the contemporary drama of “dream and reality”- the notion that the world offers you both in different guises but gives you neither. “I'm interested in culture, folklore, the laws of attraction, and quantum physics. I work interchangeably in print, drawing and painting as well as with found and recycled material assemblage.”-Jeremiah Johnson
Both artists touch on vital aspects of the treatment of our environment and social behavior in contemporary society. The conversation is one not to miss.