CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to present its third solo exhibition of new work by Rebekah Goldstein. See You On The Flipside marks a continued evolution of the artist’s signature lines, shapes, and gravity-challenging spatial treatment. In this exhibition Goldstein hones in on the tension between her two and three dimensional work, linking them conceptually with brand new shaped canvas pieces as well as presenting, for the first time ever, a dynamic sculptural form rendered in powder-coated steel. See You On The Flipside opens on September 8 with a reception from 4-6 pm and runs through October 27, 2018. The opening reception is free to the public and the artist will be in attendance.
Working intuitively and improvisationally, Rebekah Goldstein has spent years developing abstract shapes, line and space that push and pull at the boundaries of the two dimensional plane, continually pushing to answer the question of how a picture plane can simultaneously hold together and fall apart.
Over the course of her painting practice, Goldstein began to create three dimensional paintings or “objects” that related to the paintings while providing a corporeal counterpoint to the limitless possibilities of abstraction on the canvas. While the shapes in her paintings can defy the physical laws of gravity by offering multiple and competing perspectives, the sculptures are inherently bound to gravity, illuminating the limitations and possibilities of both painting and sculpture. In See You On The Flipside, Goldstein introduces shaped paintings, where the canvas edges slant, curve and sway, hinting at sculpture but ultimately retaining their flatness. These “in-between” works create a closed feedback loop where the transformation and translation between two and three dimensions create harmony through the tension of push and pull.
The new shapes in this body of work have more space to breathe and wider expanses for the eye to rest, and similarly, the color palette is pared down or reduced. Using less color and cooler tones, See You On The Flipside is notable for an approach to minimalism that seeks to discover how few shapes and how less color can be used to, paradoxically, employ the most impact.
Of the new work Goldstein discusses her ideas and influences.
The new paintings employ a subtle palette and more spacious forms than the previous bodies of work. Paring down and stripping away have been the focus in my current painting process. This is an attempt at a clearer, more concise image, one that feels whole rather than fragmented, yet still employs perceptual shifts. The palette is inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, Roy Lichtenstein’s Mirrors, Georgia O’Keefe’s landscapes, Agnes Martin’s subtle color use, David Hockney’s paintings of Southern California homes and the bright light and view of the bay in my San Francisco Bayview neighborhood.
About the Artist: Rebekah Goldstein is a San Francisco-based painter. She is represented by CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, and exhibits across the country. Her work is in the collection of the Berkeley Art Museum, Nordstrom, and many notable private collections. Goldstein has been featured in the pages of Art LTD, Art Practical, New American Paintings, SFAQ and Square Cylinder.
About Gallery: CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is a international gallery showcasing
cutting-edge work by emerging and established artists who bridge formal, conceptual and process-based investigations exploring the human condition. Founded in 2013, CULT engages viewers inside and out of the formal white space, with experiential programming including: talks, dinners, art tours and nomadic exhibitions. CULT is located in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco.
Image credit: Rebekah Goldstein, Tell Me Twice, 2018, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 65 x 70 inches, Courtesy of the artist and CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions