Rachel Eulena Williams

Functioning as both painting and sculpture, strokes are replaced by ropes that visually and structurally hold together layered un-stretched paintings on canvas. The freedom in this process allows for a practice that is consistently functioning in change. Free from the stillness of traditional stretcher bars, personally set shapes present a different perspective on how to hang and compose a painting and image. An appreciation for everyday objects grew an attempt to confront a materials’ identity. Using rope as an tool, I negate any of its negative connotations. Instead, rope in my practice is a liberating re-contextualizing from an everyday object to a personal line of expression. My process presents a perspective of the three dimensional as two dimensional and extends the image into depth, space, sculpture and installation. A tactile language allows images to grow, change, and expand. Similarly repurposed, hand drawn signage, symbols, and expressive mark makings are the everyday elements used to add an additional layer of connection, speech, and motion. Exploring the relationship between very distinct practices and attempting to take apart the core structural elements of how paintings are conceptualized, constructed and hung.

(B. 1991, Miami, Florida)

Education

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Bachelor of Fine Art, 2013

Exhibitions

Forthcoming
Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2018. -(Solo).
Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY 2018.
Paradise, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 2018.
Surface of a Sphere, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA, 2018.

2018

HOGS CURVE, Curated by Joseph Hart, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY.
Inflatable Tear, Curated by Ellie Rines, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, NY
William King, Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman, Rachel Eulena Williams, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY.

2017

Feed The Meter 2, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg.
Parting and Together, Curated by Trudy Benson, Greenpoint Hill, Brooklyn, NY.
Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. – (Solo)
The one and only East Hampton Biennial, Curated by Woobie Bogus and Adrienne Rubenstein, East Hampton, NY.
The cause and effect of my love for you, 15 Orchard St Gallery, NY, NY.
Coco Currents, Turn Gallery, NY, NY. – (Solo)
Shampoo Effect, Mass Gallery Austin, TX.
Staccato, SomeTime Salon, San Francisco, CA.
Epizootics, DTCV Firehouse, NY, NY.
Dog Show. Center Street, NY, NY.

Press

“Peek Performance Through Closed Turn Gallery” , Creators, Vice, 2017
“Episode 23 -Rachel Eulena Williams”, Deep Color Podcast, 2017
“Pencil in the Studio: Rachel E. Williams”, Pencilinthestudio.com

Residencies

NY Studio Factory, Brooklyn, NY, 2014.
68 Projects, Berlin, Germany, 2018. – (Forthcoming).