In the 2nd edition of the Friend of a Friend project, Galeria Raster invites you to an encounter of three artists from three continents: Flo Kasearu from Estonia, Sachiko Kazama from Japan, and Michelle Rawlings from the United States. Each of them works in a different medium and cultural context, employing an individual, expressive language. In varying ways, all of them negotiate the social and political dimensions of artistic work.
Joint exhibition of Rafał Bujnowski and Michelle Rawlings is organized by Raster in Tokyo’s Shibuya Hikarie
Rawlings seeks in her work a new, contemporary female identity: creative, subjective, intuitive, and perfectly at home in the digital world. Her intimate painting combines visual brilliance and multiplicity with reticent contemplation.
The main element of her “Girl Talk” exhibition is an installation prepared from a range of objects of varying sizes modeled on the structure of room dividers. The paintings accompanying these sculptural pieces are made of silk, hand-embroidered, painted and printed, in the spirit of a diary of images. The exhibition is completed with characteristic, small easel paintings by Rawlings, a continuation of her intimate color studies.
Relatively small in size, Michelle Rawlings’ paintings come together as a sequence of images, much like a blog or instagram feed. Rawlings references various styles and genres of painting, adapting them to her individual scale and narrative. The realm of her visual pursuits is in large part focused on representations of young women and girls – artists, actors and models – as well as the formal language of contemporary art.