Catherine Couturier Gallery opening reception: From Time to Time by Rachel Phillips
Catherine Couturier Gallery presents three new bodies of work by gallery artist Rachel Phillips. The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception. In an exploration of time, history and personality, From Time to Time includes work made by Phillips as herself, as well as the work of her two alter-egos: Madge Cameron and Frances Pane. From Time to Time is her second solo show at Catherine Couturier Gallery.
In Phillips' series Divinations, she transfers imagery to original cabinets cards — mounted albumen portraits from the late 1800s. The series is largely about reincarnating the people in the photographs by reconsidering them, employing the "crystal ball" to look back rather than forward.
Fixed is the work of Phillips' invented character Madge Cameron. An elderly archivist, one day Cameron accidentally moved a photo she was digitizing, resulting in a strangely altered image separated into its color channels. Cameron came to embrace this accident.
An early pioneer of photography with a long and varied career, Frances Pane's work has sadly fallen victim to the sands of time, and no photographs remain extant. This leaves us with Vanishing Point, where we can only imagine how wonderful the photographs would be — if we only had them.
On view through Feb. 14.