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Barbara Rachko
Practical Advice on Waiting, bright colors, domestic, Latin objects

2000

$25,000

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Works Her pastel-on-sandpaper series, "Domestic Threats" and "Black Paintings", both use cultural objects as surrogates for human beings acting in mysterious, highly charged narratives.[9][10] Rachko also has created a series of photographs entitled "Gods and Monsters".[11] In these chromogenic prints, she is "painting with a camera," creating variations that free the camera from being a mechanical recording device of what lies before it. She prints all of these images by hand. The earlier "Domestic Threats" pastel-on-sandpaper paintings used her West Village apartment or her 1932 Sears house in Virginia as a backdrop. The "Black Paintings" series grew directly from "Domestic Threats". In the "Black Paintings," the figures (actors) take center stage. All background details, furniture, rugs, etc. have been eliminated and replaced by intense dark black pastel. Each painting takes months to complete as she slowly builds up as many as 30 layers of soft pastel. Her long-standing fascination with traditional masks progressed in the spring of 2017 when she visited the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore in La Paz, Bolivia where one exhibition included more than fifty festival masks. The resulting series is entitled “Bolivianos”.[12] She has also written an e-book, From Pilot to Painter[13] and writes a regular blog, Barbara Rachko's Colored Dust. Rachko has been featured in media including blogs,[14] radio,[15] magazines,[16] and was a featured artist on La Maison du Pastel.[17] Recent exhibitions include Westbeth Gallery and Salomon Arts Gallery in New York, Art Basel Miami, the 2017 Miami River Art Fair, Emillions in Naples, FL; Art Below Regent’s Park, Le Dame Gallery [18], ARTROOMS (created by Cristina Cellini Antonini, founder of Le Dame Art Gallery [19]), and The Old London Brewery, all in London, England.[20]

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