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Rochelle Feinstein, Off Color, 2017

Off Color, 2017
Colored kozo papers and acrylic on canvas
60 by 60 inches (152.4 by 152.4 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, Who Cares, 2017

Installation view

Rochelle Feinstein, Who Cares, 2016

Who Cares, 2016
Acrylic, cotton muslin on canvas
50 by 50 inches (127 by 127 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, Color Therapy, 2015

Color Therapy, 2015
Left: Enamel, acrylic on canvas; Right: Oil, acrylic, charcoal, smalt on canvas
84 by 148 inches (213.4 by 375.9 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, Who Cares, 2017

Installation view

Rochelle Feinstein, Who Cares, 2017

Who Cares, 2017
Pigment print, acrylic on canvas
50 by 50 inches (127 by 127 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, Who Cares, 2017

Installation view

Rochelle Feinstein, Heart Island, 2017

H(e)art Island, 2017
Acrylic, oil, thread on canvas
82 by 84 inches (208.3 by 213.4 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, ZUI, 2017

ZUI, 2017
Charcoal rubbing on paper, acrylic, ink on canvas
38 by 45 inches (96.5 by 114.3 cm)

Rochelle Feinstein, 2015/2015, 2015

2015/2015, 2015
Left: Oil, mixed media on canvas; Right: Oil, relief printing, charcoal rubbing on paper on canvas
84 by 155 inches (213.4 by 393.7 cm)

More on Rochelle Feinstein

Rochelle Feinstein
Who Cares

April 9 – May 14, 2017

The New Yorker

On Stellar Rays is pleased to announce its fourth solo exhibition with New York-based artist Rochelle Feinstein, entitled Who Cares.

Politics and questions of the contemporary world are the raw materials from which Rochelle Feinstein constructs her work. Feinstein deploys practical forms – the color wheel, a heart, timelines, calendars – to give shape to the complicated emotions and conditions of our present moment.

A number of brightly-colored works, such as Color Therapy and Off Color, similarly begins with resolute use of color, material, and gesture. In this triptych, an original painting has rendered a reproduction of a second work, and lastly, another in black-and-white. Existing conditions are changing in all of these works, and Feinstein’s persistent remark follows, “Who cares,” which, devoid of punctuation, neither offers a declaration nor invites response.

A haze of grays envelops a number of works, proposing a darker, murkier reality. A calendar of X’s marks a particularly difficult and beguiling week of U.S. politics in December 2016. In H(e)art Island, a heart is stitched to canvas and leans on its side, alluding to New York City’s potter’s field – a very corporeal example of our desire to bury the anguish of the unknown from public view.

The gallery space will be divided by an installation, Ear to the Ground, made from fabric curtains imprinted with text. Words are scripted in Feinstein’s handwriting, an accumulation of colloquial expressions, marketing copy, off-hand utterances, and catch phrases collected by the artist over a number of years.

Feinstein’s paintings advocate for a deep engagement with the world, despite its frustrations, disappointments and never-ending conflicts. Feinstein’s unrelentingly critical eye is accompanied by a keen sense of humor and optimism, suggesting that the personal account of the historical is imperative and prescient as ever.

Feinstein’s work will be the subject of a major retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York in early 2018. Preceding surveys were exhibited at Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2016); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2016); and Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (2016); On Stellar Rays, New York (2014/2013/2011); Gallery Diet, Miami (2014); Higher Pictures, New York (2013); Art Production Fund, New York (2009); and Momenta Art, Brooklyn (2008). Feinstein was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Other recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017); Jablonka Jaruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels (2017); Worcester Museum of Art, Worcester (2016); Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich (2016); Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York (2016); Green Gallery, Milwaukee (2015). Recent awards and grants include a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize, Anonymous Was a Woman grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, a Rockefeller Foundation/Bellagio Artist Residency, and a Foundation for Contemporary Art grant. Feinstein lives and works in New York City, NY.