REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: Welcome Home Stranger

March 19 - May 7, 2022
Artist Reception, Wednesday, March 23 6-8 PM

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CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions (1401 16th St., San Francisco) is pleased to announce Welcome Home Stranger, a solo exhibition of shaped paintings and sculptures by the San Francisco-based artist Rebekah Goldstein. On view from March 18 to May 7, 2022, this is Goldstein’s fourth show with CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions and her first solo exhibition since 2018. The gallery will release a catalog of Goldstein’s work in conjunction with the exhibition.

Rebekah Goldstein’s abstract shaped paintings and sculptures are centered around the compositional possibilities of the body and objects in space. Crafted with a spirit of metamorphosis, these assemblages interrogate their own shapes and bring to their final fixity a range of signifiers: to posture and pose, furniture and architecture. Goldstein’s work flirts with the figure, as illusionistic space glimmers through her layered processes of paint. Eschewing perfection, the artist instead describes each painted layer as assuming a new, subconscious role, guiding her forward and informing the object’s next steps. This nuanced result brings with it multiple perspectives — shifting figure and ground, advancing and receding upon the planes of color — for an object that transforms itself in response to the viewer.

The artist began her practice of creating shaped paintings after becoming a mother, as a response to the changes her own body underwent during pregnancy. In all of her works, a fundamentally personal relationship to the body is melded with an art-historical awareness of its practical applications in form, from the iconography of hand-gestures to the coded symbols of odalisque and contrapposto. In sum, these glancing allusions combine to address her grand subject of the human figure with an interrogative approach, which seeks to upend traditional conceptions of the power such forms have to alienate and normalize.

This show is curated with entirely new work, crafted throughout the past two years and under the conditions of pandemic. Working with metal, papier máchê and oil paint, Goldstein’s sculptures operate as conversational partners to her shaped paintings. The angular, gestural configurations that recur in each speak to a continuity of formal interrogation. Her sculptures sometimes appear to be metaphysically "pulled out" of the paintings and can in turn seem to fit back into the planar works’ evanescent layers. Coating the surfaces of her paintings and sculptures alike with oil, Goldstein emphasizes the procession and mutability of both as gestational kin.

The works exhibited in Welcome Home Stranger find their inspiration in loops, repetition and the infinitude of self-sufficiency. Born out of the seemingly endless monotony of quarantine and the recursive patterns of child-rearing (where, as in Goldstein’s layered application of paint, maturation is often too gradual to notice immediately), the paintings in both title and form evoke a pattern of self-sustainability, a nurturing cycle. Through the material’s testament of eternal return, Goldstein invites the viewer to examine the little differences and encounter for oneself the minute variations on a theme as seamless and endless as the passage of time.

Rebekah Goldstein (San Jose, Calif., born 1982) makes paintings that explore color, form and structure and their relationship to the human body, and the built environment. Goldstein has shown widely across the Bay Area including venues such as CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Berkeley Arts Center and Bedford Gallery. She has been awarded residencies at the Sam and Adele Golden Center for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Arad Arts Project. Her work is part of the permanent collection of Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Nordstrom, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, as well as many notable private collections. Goldstein received an MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012 and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. Goldstein lives and works in San Francisco and has been represented by CULT Aimee Friberg since 2013.

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Chasing My Tail, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 74 x 93 in 188 x 236.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Chasing My Tail, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 74 x 93 in 188 x 236.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Chasing My Tail, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 74 x 93 in 188 x 236.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Tomorrow's Deja Vu, 2021 Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas 80 x 40 in 203.2 x 101.6 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Tomorrow's Deja Vu, 2021 Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas 80 x 40 in 203.2 x 101.6 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Hand in my Pocket, 2021 Acrylic and oil on shaped canvas 60 x 56 in 152.4 x 142.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Hand in my Pocket, 2021 Acrylic and oil on shaped canvas 60 x 56 in 152.4 x 142.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Both Eyes Open, 2021 Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas 31 x 57 in 78.7 x 144.8 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Play It Once Again, Play It All Night Long, 2021 Oil on shaped canvas 77 1/2 x 55 in 196.8 x 139.7 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Play It Once Again, Play It All Night Long, 2021 Oil on shaped canvas 77 1/2 x 55 in 196.8 x 139.7 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Play It Once Again, Play It All Night Long, 2021 Oil on shaped canvas 77 1/2 x 55 in 196.8 x 139.7 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Sorry Not Sorry, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 58 x 70 1/2 in 147.3 x 179.1 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Sorry Not Sorry, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 58 x 70 1/2 in 147.3 x 179.1 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Sorry Not Sorry, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 58 x 70 1/2 in 147.3 x 179.1 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN When This Kiss Is Over, 2020 Oil and acrylic on canvas 49 x 69 in 124.5 x 175.3 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN When This Kiss Is Over, 2020 Oil and acrylic on canvas 49 x 69 in 124.5 x 175.3 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Welcome Home Stranger, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 62 x 86 in 157.5 x 218.4 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Welcome Home Stranger, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 62 x 86 in 157.5 x 218.4 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Welcome Home Stranger, 2022 Oil on shaped canvas 62 x 86 in 157.5 x 218.4 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Cry Into My Cocktail, 2021 Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas 66 x 67 in 167.6 x 170.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Cry Into My Cocktail, 2021 Oil and acrylic on shaped canvas 66 x 67 in 167.6 x 170.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Green, 2022 Wood, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 18 1/2 x 10 x 9 in 47 x 25.4 x 22.9 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Green, 2022 Wood, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 18 1/2 x 10 x 9 in 47 x 25.4 x 22.9 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Brick Red and Earth Yellow, 2022 Wood, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 21 x 15 x 6 in 53.3 x 38.1 x 15.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Brick Red and Earth Yellow, 2022 Wood, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 21 x 15 x 6 in 53.3 x 38.1 x 15.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Periwinkle and Magenta, 2022 Foam, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 20 1/2 x 11 x 6 in 52.1 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Periwinkle and Magenta, 2022 Foam, linoleum, papier mache, oil paint 20 1/2 x 11 x 6 in 52.1 x 27.9 x 15.2 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Red, Orange, and Grey, 2022 Foam, papier mache, oil paint 13 x 9 x 4 1/2 in 33 x 22.9 x 11.4 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Red, Orange, and Grey, 2022 Foam, papier mache, oil paint 13 x 9 x 4 1/2 in 33 x 22.9 x 11.4 cm
REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN Ok, Ok, 2022 Enamel and steel 66 x 63 x 33 in 167.6 x 160 x 83.8 cm

Current

AMY NATHAN: Slipknot Loophole
May 14 - July 30, 2022

Rebekah Goldstein: Welcome Home Stranger
March 19 - May 7, 2022

Sapiens / Stories at CULT Bureau
November 10, 2021 - April 30, 2022

Past

Physics & Fiction
January 20 - March 12, 2022

Chris Fallon: Irresistible Deception
October 15 - December 18, 2021

Sapiens / Stories on 8-Bridges
October 7 - November 3, 2021

Masako Miki: New Mythologies
June 16 - October 12, 2021

Tales of Metamorphosis: Rebekah Goldstein, James Perkins, and Amy Nathan
June 3 - 30, 2021

Janus II - CULT's 7 Year Anniversary Exhibition
April 9 - May 20, 2021

Troy Chew: Yadadamean
October 17 - December 12, 2020

We’re all in this together
August 14 - October 10, 2020

Beyond Words
June 26 - August 29, 2020

Ritual of Succession
January 10 - March 28, 2020

Record of Succession at fused space
January 13 - March 27, 2020

AMY NATHAN: Glyph Slipper
September 13 - December 7, 2019

FEMALE TROUBLE 2
June 28 - August 3, 2019

RUXUE ZHANG
April 20 - June 15, 2019

MASAKO MIKI: Shapeshifters
January 12 - March 23, 2019

JASKO BEGOVIC (SKO HABIBI): HUMAN_E.T.
November 30 - December 14, 2019

REBEKAH GOLDSTEIN: See You On The Flipside
September 8 - November 25, 2018

FEMALE TROUBLE
June 9 - July 28, 2018

TERRI LOEWENTHAL: Psychscapes
March 2 - May 19, 2018

VECINOS
October 27, 2017 - January 20, 2018

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

RHONDA HOLBERTON: Still Life 2
April 7 - May 26, 2018

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