Catherine Couturier Gallery is delighted to present the newest body of work by gallery artist Rachel Phillips, entitled Ghost Light Theaters. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception on Saturday, February 23rd from 6-8 p.m.
Rachel Phillips is a California based fine art photographer who is best known for her innovative approach the medium of photography. In her most recent project, Ghost Light Theaters, Rachel Phillips explores the mysterious tradition of a “ghost light” in a series of hand-crafted, tabletop theater lanterns. Created to resemble those produced by Treadwell Press in the 1930s, each one of her Ghost Light Theaters features a beautiful Art Deco exterior, a single electric bulb, and a series of interchangeable slides that play out a narrative authored by Phillips. To create these slides, she transforms snapshots by layering them with paper silhouettes. Combined with a brief narrative intertitle, each of her montage sequences captures the “ghost of a moment”—those fleeting memories or experiences that can only be preserved and shared though photography.
Rachel began photography while completing her undergraduate degree at Skidmore College, graduating in 2005. Her work has been shown widely, including recent solo shows at Catherine Couturier Gallery in Houston and Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco. Work has been included in many group exhibitions, including shows at the Institute for Contemporary Art in San Jose, The Phoenix Art Museum, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, Dina Mitrani Gallery in Miami, PhotoEye in Santa Fe, and Panopticon Gallery in Boston. In 2010, her series Field Notes was included in Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. She was an Artist-in-Residence at RayKo Photo Center in summer 2014, culminating in a solo show.