Rachel Feinstein, Bandleader, 2018, hand-applied color resin over foam with wooden base, 76 × 40 × 30 inches (193 × 101.6 × 76.2 cm) © Rachel Feinstein. Photo by Jeff McLane.
Rachel Feinstein’s multi-part installations reveal her singular flair for synthesizing a myriad of cultural fascinations—religion, myth, beauty, mortality, decadence—into vignettes of the marvelous. Borrowing freely from diverse artistic, architectural, intellectual, and stylistic sources, she explores issues of taste and desire, pairing visual and societal opposites such as romance and pornography; elegance and kitsch; fantasy and the utterly banal. Oil paintings on mirrored surfaces, flat propped sculptures reminiscent of stage dressings, and abstracted reworkings of classical sculpture confront persistent issues of artistic representation such as theatricality and illusionism.
Rachel Feinstein was born in 1971 in Fort Defiance, Arizona. She studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and at Columbia University, New York, where she received her B.A. in 1993. Feinstein’s work has been shown in major exhibitions worldwide, including the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2000); Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York (2000); Barbican Centre, London (2001); Kent Institute of Art & Design, England (2004); Hyundai Gallery, Beijing (2008); The Metropolitan Opera, New York (2009); Le Consortium, Dijon (2011, 2014); and SCAD Museum of Art, Georgia (2012). Recent solo exhibitions include “Art in the Atrium,” organized by Art Production Fund, Sotheby’s, New York (2002); “Tropical Rodeo,” Le Consortium, Dijon (2006); “The Snow Queen,” Lever House, New York (2011); and “Folly,” Madison Square Park, New York (2014).
Feinstein currently lives and works in New York.