PRESS RELEASE – Kopeikin Gallery
Screen Memory Explosions
September 1st – September 22nd
Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to announce its fourth Artsy online-exclusive show featuring a selection of work by painter Rebecca Bird. Her highly detailed paintings explore intersections of personal and collective memory, as well as capture isolated moments of tragedy, past and present.
Bird’s “Screen Memory” series, initially exhibited in the gallery in 2017, analyzes Sigmund Freud's theory of Screen Memory, the phenomenon of constructing a false memory to replace an anxiety producing memory. Paired with earlier pieces, we see how her painting style has evolved, but her fixation on historical moments and catastrophe remains the same. The works within this series are based off a photograph of a nuclear bomb test with the explosions representing immeasurable traumatic experiences. The process of recreating a nuclear explosion multiple times implies the process of retelling stories and constructing a Screen Memory. Memory takes a double meaning in this presentation as it also refers to film, national and popular history superimposed over private or domestic history.
“I’m fascinated by images of violent motion stopped, as in photographs of explosions,” the artist explains, and this fascination remains evident in her delicately detailed portrayal of those same explosive events. In her “Everything That Ever Existed Still Exists” series, Bird delicately captures images of infamous nuclear explosions isolated from their context. The pieces visually address emotional trauma and the inherent problems of empathy and visual communication. Pivotal to this series is a loss of scale that accentuates the futility of conveying the enormity of a traumatic or violent event.
Rebecca Bird (b.1973 in Lynnwood, WA) lives and works in Brooklyn. The artist holds a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union (2000), attended Yale Summer School (1999), and was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan (2000) in painting. Bird's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in private and public collections including the Microsoft Collection and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The artist has been represented by Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, since 2009.
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