Pecha Kucha Talk + Closing Reception at MAD

May 31, 2016

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This is my final week in residency at the Museum of Arts & Design. It has been a fantastic experience to share my work and swap stories with folks from NYC, all over the US and many other parts of the world. Please join me on June 2nd for a Pecha Kucha Talk (6–7) and Closing Reception (7–8:30) to celebrate all six outgoing artists. And I’m very excited to meet the next round of artists who start up next week!

 

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Residency begins at the Museum of Arts & Design

February 8, 2016

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My residency at the Museum of Arts & Design is in full swing.

You can find me working out of the 6th floor Artist Studios every Sunday from 10–1:30 & 2:30–5.

I’ll also be there the following evenings from 6–8:30:

February 18th & 19th

March 25th

April 21st & 28th

May 19th

And at a closing event on Thursday, June 2nd.

Please come on by and say hello!

2016 Residency at the Museum of Arts & Design

October 24, 2015

When the Museum of Arts & Design moved to their new home at Columbus Circle, in 2008, they inaugurated the Artist Studios program—a unique, public residency program in NYC.

I have loved visiting many artists over the past few years and I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be joining this stellar program as a resident artist from Feb–May, 2016. I’ll be working out of the 6th floor studio every Sunday and occasional Thursdays (TBD).

In the meantime, I’m excited to visit the current group of artists at work!

Photos — Torn and Fired

August 18, 2015

Photos from Torn and Fired: new works in collage and clay at Outlet Fine Art, July 31–August 16, 2015.

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Torn and Fired at Outlet Fine Art

July 31, 2015

Jason Andrew of Outlet Fine Art has curated this fantastic show featuring new works in collage and clay. On view through August 16th!

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OUTLET FINE ART presents Torn and Fired featuring a summer survey of new work in collage and clay. Curated by Jason Andrew, this exciting exhibition brings together the works by local and regional artists.

Collage is widely viewed as the single most significant artistic medium of the 20th century. A lot has happened since Picasso and Braque!

Torn and Fired includes new work in collage by:

Connie Bostic (Asheville, NC), Elisabeth Condon (Brooklyn), Paul D’Agostino (Brooklyn), Libby Hartle (Brooklyn), Elana Herzog (Brooklyn), Ellen Letcher (Brooklyn), Oliver Ralli (Brooklyn), Andrew Szobody (Brooklyn)

Conversely, works in clay date back to archaeology of prehistoric cultures. A lot has happen since the Han Dynasty!

Torn and Fired includes new works in clay by:

Nancy Armitage (Plattsburgh), Ali Della Bitta (Peru, NY), Rachel Farmer (Brooklyn), Rebecca Goyette (Brooklyn), Roxanne Jackson (Brooklyn), Kristen Jensen (Brooklyn), Robert Raphael (Brooklyn), Jeff Schwarz (Brooklyn), Jerry Seguin (Plattsburgh), Elisa Soliven (Brooklyn) Sue Burdick Young (Jay), Terry Young (Jay)

 

Jay Invitational of Clay

July 1, 2015

One of my pioneer sculptures is traveling upstate to be included in the 2nd annual Jay Invitational of Clay, on view from July 17–19. Thanks to Jason Andrew, of Norte Maar, for inviting me to participate!

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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

May 31, 2015

Incredibly grateful to be one of 14 artists and writers awarded grants by the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

Here is more information about the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund.

And information on all 14 grant awardees.

It is an honor to have received an award in Barbara Deming’s name. You can learn more about Barbara’s writings and activism here.

How We Got Here

March 28, 2015

I am excited to share this Hyperallergic article, How We Got Here: Portrait of the Artist as a Queer Feminist.

Clarity Haynes (an amazing artist and writer), brought together the voices/images of five queer feminist artists. I am honored to bring my Mormon feminism to the table, alongside Chitra Ganesh, Karen Heagle, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Leah DeVun.

This article comes at an especially meaningful time. I’ve been in hibernation since the end of September, slowly healing from a ruptured appendix (I was in the hospital the weekend of Greenpoint Open Studios, but still thrilled to be included in this Hyperallergic Guide). Happy to report my energy is starting to pick up and I’m looking forward to getting my creative work back up and running again.

A.I.R. Gallery on Governors Island

September 5, 2014

My 18-month fellowship with A.I.R. Gallery is coming to an end and I’m happy to mark the occasion with the group exhibition, If These Walls…, on Governors Island. Twenty-seven artists affiliated with A.I.R. Gallery have taken over one of the 19th century houses on Governors Island (Number 5B in Nolan Park), filling it with paintings, sculptures, drawings, photos, and site-specific work.

The exhibition is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 5pm through September 28. There will be a closing reception on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 1pm – 4pm. For information about access and ferry service visit www.govisland.com.

You’ll find my installation upstairs in the walk-thru closet.

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“We Know What We Like”

May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19th, is the annual Spring Fundraiser, “We Know What We Like,” for Triangle Arts Association at Lori Bookstein Fine Art.

I’m honored to have a few of my ceramic sculptures included, thanks to Hrag Vartanian, Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hyperallergic, who will be presenting my work. And I’ll be in the amazing company of work by Andrea Belag, Chuck Bowdish, Shamus Clisset, Jill Nathanson and Kyle Staver. Here is a link with more info about the event.

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Brush Creek Arts Residency

May 1, 2014

I’m headed to Brush Creek Arts Residency in Saratoga, WY this June. It’s located in south central Wyoming on the edge of the Snowy Mountain Range. Here is a photo from a previous road trip to the area. A perfect place to get some work done.

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“Land + Place + Performance” at Granary Art Center

April 11, 2014

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Land + Place + Performance 

Curated by Laura Allred Hurtado

April 4th–June 28th, 2014

Very excited to be part of this inaugural exhibit at the Granary Art Center, a gorgeous new contemporary art space inside the historic Relief Society Granary Building in Ephraim, UT. I have a series of four photos on view and had an amazing time at the opening on April 4th. Please visit their website for more info.

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Land+Place+Performance is an exhibition of six contemporary artists—Al Denyer, Rachel Farmer, Levi Jackson, Will Lamson, Jared Steffensen, and Claire White—whose work investigates landscape. Divided into two parts, terra firma and terra incognita, the exhibition explores representations of both known sites and foreign places. Photographs, installations, drawings, sculpture and video are all used to explore how the ways in which a place is rendered can often make the site both familiar and strange simultaneously.

 

Photos & Press — Ancestors at A.I.R. Gallery

January 7, 2014

Installation photos from Ancestors, my recent solo exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, are now up under Recent Work.  You can see a few more casual shots via A.I.R., along with photos of neighboring exhibits by Jane Swavely and Louise McCagg.

Here’s an interview (thanks to Sally Deskins) for the online journal Femmes Folles.

It was also fantastic to be listed on Carolina A. Miranda’s C-Monster weekly calendar

and to have photos posted by Hyperallergic’s Hrag Vartanian on his tumblr, A Brooklyn Art Critic’s Notebook — view here, here & here.

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Sewing Mountains / Playing with Pioneers

December 12, 2013

I had been secretly wanting to collaborate with fellow Greenpoint artist, Amanda Browder, since we first met in 2010, during the making of her large outdoor installation, Future Phenomena.

Our work is quite the opposite. Amanda makes large, colorful fabric sculptures and installations, often working alongside others during community sewing days. I make miniature, off-white ceramic figurines, working alone as I take them on trips out west for photo/video shoots. But we both are responding, in some ways, to our western mountain roots (Utah and Montana). One day we both got excited with the notion that Amanda’s fabric rocks would transform into a mountainous landscape when paired with my pioneers. And so this collaborative project at A.I.R. Gallery was born. Here are a few pictures from the day (photos by David B. Smith). More info is down below. And enormous thanks to all who dropped by and joined in!

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Sewing Mountains / Playing with Pioneers

A public collaborative event with artists Rachel Farmer and Amanda Browder

Saturday, November 23, 2013, 3pm–6pm

A.I.R. Gallery and 2013–14 Fellowship Artist, Rachel Farmer, are pleased to announce a public sewing / play day, featuring a collaboration between artists Rachel Farmer and Amanda Browder.

Rachel Farmer, whose solo show, Ancestors, is currently on view at A.I.R. Gallery, re-­imagines her Mormon pioneer ancestry, creating ceramic figurines of pioneer women in action. At the heart of Farmer’s work is play—she travels out west with her sculptures to create various narratives, and documents them through photos and videos.

Amanda Browder uses a diverse palette of donated fabric to create sculptures and transform spaces. At the heart of Browder’s work is community collaboration—she hosts public sewing days where anyone can drop by and get involved in the action.

This event is a one-afternoon-only collaboration. Drop by anytime between 3pm–6pm to help cut, pin, sew and stuff Browder’s fabric rocks. Paired with Farmer’s miniature pioneers, these rocks will become a mountainous landscape with which to play. Farmer will have on hand a small variety of her figurines that people can arrange to create their own stories. All ages welcome and no sewing experience required!

Solo Show — Ancestors at A.I.R. Gallery

October 15, 2013

Excited to announce my solo exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery, October 31–November 30. Join me for the reception on Thursday, November 7 from 6–9. This will coincide with DUMBO’s 1st Thursday Gallery Walk.

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Rachel Farmer

October 31–November 30, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6–9pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, November 7, 6:30pm

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce Ancestors by Fellowship Artist, Rachel Farmer. This is Farmer’s first solo exhibition in New York City.

Ancestors brings together a body of work created in 2010–13, incorporating hand-built ceramic sculpture, photography, and video. As a child of the American West (and a descendant of Mormon pioneers), Farmer was steeped in regional folklore passed down through family, religion, and mass media. “I am captivated by stories of my ancestors—both my Mormon pioneer ancestors and my pioneering queer ancestors,” states Farmer.  “I often try to collapse the two, creating a new ancestry.”

Farmer creates ceramic figurines of pioneer women in action. Small enough to pick up in your hand, these women are engaged in various forms of labor, interspersed with occasional moments of rest and recreation. While they are showcased independently as sculptures, these frozen actors also populate her photos and videos. Farmer traveled out west with her sculptures—retracing the original Oregon Trail in Wyoming, eventually ending up in her home state of Utah. As her pale figures interacted with a contemporary western landscape, her video camera captured the absurdity of the situation: women toiling motionless as modern life moved around and past them.

Through her work, Farmer asks a series of interrelated questions: “What gets passed down through generations? What is memorialized and what is left behind, or willfully forgotten? What mythologies guide, or haunt our lives—both knowingly, or unknowingly? And how does queerness complicate a relationship with these mythologies?”

Rachel Farmer is an A.I.R. Gallery Fellow based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She received her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she teaches at MoMA, the Whitney Museum and Parsons the New School for Design. Recent exhibits include Illegitimate and Herstorical, curated by Emily Roysdon (A.I.R. Gallery, 2012) and #throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday, juried by Scott Chasse and Hrag Vartanian (Calico, 2013). For more on the artist, visit rachelfarmer.com

A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, #228, in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Gallery hours: Wed.–Sun., 11am to 6pm. The gallery will be closed November 27­­–29 for Thanksgiving. For directions please visit www.airgallery.org. For additional information please contact the Interim Director, JoAnne McFarland, at 212-255-6651 or info@airgallery.org.

Image: Rachel Farmer, Ancestors Crossing Church Parking Lot, photograph, 2010

New Work — Ancestors with Monuments

October 15, 2013

While getting ready for my solo show, I wanted to share a sneak peek of a new series just begun.

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Photos & Review — #throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday

October 4, 2013

Great write-up on #throwbackthursday/#flashbackfriday at Calico.

Here is a full photo set of the show.  And here are my two pieces:

—a drawing from 2000 (foreshadowing things to come)

—sculptures from 2012

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#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday

September 8, 2013

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY / #FLASHBACKFRIDAY opens Friday, September 13th, at Calico

Sure to be a fun show. I’m one of 10 artists showing current artwork paired with art from yesteryear. Come by the opening this Friday from 6-9 (67 West St. #206, Greenpoint, Brooklyn).

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Calico presents its first juried group exhibition:
“#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday”
September 13 – October 4, 2013
opening reception: Sept 13, 6-9pm
jurors: Scott Chasse, founder/director of Calico
and Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief & co-founder of Hyperallergic

This exhibit coincides with Greenpoint Gallery Night.

Throwback Thursday: When you put a picture from a “while” ago on your social media sites. –Urban Dictionary

Instagram™ and other social medias are flooded at the end of each week with “nostalgic” images featuring the hashtag notations “#throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday”. These pics of our former selves sporting bad hair, tacky prom dresses, sitting on dad’s lap, or playing the oboe in high school band used to hide under the bed in an old shoe box. Their weekly resurrection has become money-in-the-bank in our online economy of “likes” and “shares”.

With “#throwbackthursday / #flashbackfriday”, Calico asked artists to consider these questions: As artists, are we as willing to share images from our potentially cringeworthy artistic pasts? Could the older work be a “younger, hotter” version of its modern counterpart? Perhaps there is an outright cohesiveness in one’s work that has withstood the test of time..?

After sorting through over sixty submissions, a group of ten artists were chosen based on the interesting relationship of old work vs. new work. The exhibit will feature both old and new, and invites the viewer to search for similarities, differences, trends, and departures.

Exhibiting artists include:  Eric Lee Bowman, Lauren Silberman, Marcia Cooper, Adams Puryear, Samuel Baumel, Stacie Johnson, Rachel Farmer, Thomas Buildmore, Mark Mann, and Charles Wilkin. 

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A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship

March 29, 2013

I’m thrilled and honored to be one of six A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship recipients for 2013–14.

My solo show at A.I.R will run October 31–November 30, with the opening on November 7th (6–9) as part of DUMBO 1st Thursday. Only a few months to go, so back to the studio!

Here’s more information about the fellowship program.

GO Brooklyn Open Studios — Sept. 8–9

September 7, 2012

Come visit my studio this weekend! I’m participating in the Brooklyn Museum’s awesome Brooklyn-wide open studio event http://www.gobrooklynart.org/. Close to 1800 artists throughout Brooklyn are opening their studios and you all get to visit and nominate your favorite 3 to be included in a show at the Brooklyn Museum in December. You can see my profile here:  http://www.gobrooklynart.org/studio/rachelfarmer. And as part of all this, was excited to be featured in the Velvet Park blog here:  http://velvetparkmedia.com/blogs/go-brooklyn-art-rachel-farmer

Drop by anytime between 11–7 both days. I’ve made my Aunt Janet’s amazing chocolate chip date cake and have lots of new work to share. I recently came back from a 6-day photo/video shoot along the historic Mormon Pioneer Trail that took me from Chimney Rock, Nebraska to Devil’s Gate, Wyoming. It was both moving and a little haunting to have my great-great-grandfather’s diary account in hand from his 3-month trek along this trail in 1853.

Here’s a photo at Scotts Bluff, and in the words of James Bellamy Farmer (Aug. 16, 1853), “these Bluffs have the appearance of some Ancient Castles upheld by 4 pillars…the appearance from here is beautiful.”

Mormons in the Media

August 29, 2012

My historian brother, Jared Farmer (SUNY Stony Brook), has turned an amazing compilation of images into a free e-book, Mormons in the Media, 1830–2012.

Check out page 185 to see some of my art and to learn more about the pioneer imagery I was raised with.

Also, take a look at Jared’s award-winning book, On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard, 2008).

Exponent II

April 22, 2012

Proud to be the featured artist for the Spring 2012 issue of Exponent II, a feminist Mormon women’s magazine. This includes the cover, photos and an interview on pages 18-20. You can read the pdf version here:

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Photos & Review — Illegitimate & Herstorical

January 28, 2012

Here’s a great review of Illegitimate & Herstorical by Kate Wadkins in Hyperallergic:

http://hyperallergic.com/45283/queer-art-grows-in-brooklyn/

You can see photographs on Emily Roysdon’s website. And a few photos I took below:

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Illegitimate and Herstorical at A.I.R. Gallery

December 19, 2011

Excited to be part of this upcoming exhibit at A.I.R. Gallery, January 5–28. Opening Reception is Thursday, January 5 from 6–9.

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Curated by Emily Roysdon

Illegitimate And Herstorical presents works by eleven artists that consider alternative economies of labor, love, power, crossings and collectivity.

The exhibition features works by A Feminist Tea Party, Bland Boydston III, Rachel Farmer, Barbara Hammer, Reena Katz, Lucretia Knapp, Barbara Greene Mann, Alice O’Malley, L. J. Roberts, Tobaron Waxman and invited artist Chris Vargas. This exhibition is the second in the Currents Exhibition series at A.I.R. Gallery.

Closing Reception with Emily Roysdon:

Saturday, January 28th from 4 to 6pm, including a performance by A Feminist Tea Party from 2 to 4:45pm.

Performance: Equipment Loans by Reena Katz: Friday – Sunday from 12 to 4pm throughout the exhibition and during both receptions.

Kings Park film premiere

September 27, 2011

I’ve been kept busy the past many years as the Senior Associate Producer of the documentary film, Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution. Happy to announce the world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival!

Here’s a nice write-up of the festival in Filmmaker Magazine with a great review of our film (scroll down).