REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger

September 12 – November 1, 2014
Artist Reception: Friday, September 12, 7 – 9:30 pm

CULT is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition with San Francisco based artist Rebekah Goldstein. The exhibition, Passenger, opens on September 12 and runs through November 1st, 2014 with an artist reception on Friday, September 12 from 7-9 pm.

Rebekah Goldstein’s paintings depict imagined structures, spaces and characters that obscure the boundary between representation and abstraction. She synthesizes imagery from her immediate surroundings: patterns found on clothing, succulents and palm trees, the human figure and architectural tableaus she builds in studio. She considers the paintings a staging of fragments, akin to collaging. The fragments are generated by an iterative process of translating forms and images between large paintings, small paintings, and sculptural forms. What was once recognizable becomes increasingly ambiguous, idiosyncratic and part of her own pictorial language. The three dimensional tableaus, made out of wood, ceramics and paint, inform how she shapes foreground and background in the two dimensional paintings. Moving back and forth between bodies of work and media, the shapes, symbols and colors are expressed as characters appearing across multiple paintings.

In this recent suite of paintings for Passenger, re-occurring elements suggest a loose, open-ended narrative of a mysterious figure that is at once present yet absent/hiding in all of the work. The canvas becomes a stage upon which the painterly fragments and symbols theatrically perform. The paintings draw on various art historical themes, including the Cubist still life, the avant-garde theater set, Op art, and geometric abstraction. Elements of everyday surroundings – parts of architecture, the living world, and human form – intersect with art historical references, creating forms that blur the lines between categories.

Rebekah Goldstein received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012 with a focus on painting, and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. She has participated in residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, and the Arad Arts Project, Israel. She has had a solo and two- person exhibitions at 50 Fremont in San Francisco, City Limits Gallery (Oakland), and TMoro Projects (Santa Clara), and group shows at the Battery (San Francisco), Alter Space Gallery (San Francisco), Pro Arts (Oakland), and Berkeley Art Center (Berkeley). Rebekah is the founder of the Painting Salon, a monthly forum that fosters conversation about contemporary painting practices. Rebekah is represented by CULT / Aimee Friberg Exhibitions.

Rebekah Goldstein - Bond, Oil and acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches, 2013
Rebekah Goldstein - Easy Tiger, Oil and acrylic on canvas 65 x 52 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - I'm Ready for My Close Up #4, Oil on linen 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - I've Always Been a Square #1, Oil on linen 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - I’ve Always Been a Square #2, Oil and acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - I’ve Always Been a Square #3, Oil and acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - I’ve Always Been a Square #4, Oil and acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Just Don’t Tell Me, Oil and acrylic on canvas 65 x 52 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Me and My Girlfriend, Oil and acrylic on canvas 78 x 64 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Night Owl, Oil and acrylic on canvas 65 x 52 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - One Thing, Oil and acrylic on canvas 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Slip Out the Back, Oil and acrylic on canvas 65 x 52 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Third Wheel, Oil on linen 24 x 18 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Welcome Home Stranger, Oil and acrylic on canvas 78 x 64 inches, 2014
Rebekah Goldstein - Wingman (Solo), Oil and acrylic on canvas 65 x 52 inches, 2014

Past

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life
January 10 – March 4, 2017

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Release Me
October 21 - December 10, 2016

NO SHOW MUSEUM: Yves Klein, Maria Eichhorn, Daniel Knorr, Etc.
One Night Only: Monday, October 17, 2016

DESIRÉE HOLMAN: Selected Works
September 17 - October 8, 2016

SHE MOONAGE DAYDREAM:
Facundo Argañaraz, Leah Guadagnoli, Desirée Holman, Kara Joslyn, Max Maslansky, Liz Robb, Tamra Seal, Emily Weiner, & Cate White

July 16 - August 20, 2016

PABLO DÁVILA: Ladies & Gentlemen,
We Are Floating In Space

May 13 - July 9, 2016

MASAKO MIKI: Conversations with Fox, Feather, and Ghost
March 4 - April 30, 2016

SUZY POLING: Total Internal Reflection
January 15 - February 27, 2016

DAN GLUIBIZZI: You Don’t Have to be Alone Tonight
November 6 – December 19, 2015

FRANCESCO IGORY DEIANA: Haptic Render
September 11- October 31, 2015

SEXXXITECTURE: Daniel Gerwin, Rebekah Goldstein, Roman Liška, Max Maslansky, May Wilson & Jake Ziemann
July 1 - August 1, 2015

ADAM SORENSEN: In Situ
May 1 - June 27, 2015

KLARA KÄLLSTRÖM & THOBIAS FÄLDT: Village / High Hills
February 27 - April 25, 2015

PRINCE RAMA: How To Live Forever
January 25 – February 21, 2015

JOSEPH DUMBACHER & JOHN DUMBACHER: Divert (Out of Line)
November 7, 2014 – January 16, 2015

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Passenger
September 12 – November 1, 2014

A PATTERN LANGUAGE: Michelle Grabner, Angie Wilson & Lena Wolff
June 20 - July 19, 2014

MICHELLE BLADE: Gathering Into Being
April 25th – June 7th, 2014

MIGUEL ARZABE: /*Reject Algorithms*/
March 7 – April 19, 2014

JACQUELINE KIYOMI GORDON: Drawings
March 7 – April 19, 2014

FRITZ CHESNUT: Purr Valley
& Rhonda Holberton

January 10 - February 22, 2014

UNSEEN: Miya Ando, Miguel Arzabe, Chris Duncan, Klea Mckenna & Dean Smith
November 10 - December 21, 2013

Past Off-Site Exhibitions

LAS COSAS QUE PINTAN / PAINTING IN AN EXPANSIVE FIELD
Works by Miguel Arzabe & Juan Sorrentino

April 9 – May 17, 2015

EBB: Gina Borg and Chris Russell at Loczi Design
December 10, 2014