women
Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles
March 11 – April 22, 2017
Saturday, March 11th: Reception with the artist from 6 - 8

Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to present Women by Rebecca Bird. This exhibition marks Rebecca Bird’s fourth solo presentation with Kopeikin Gallery.
On Saturday, March 11th a reception with the artist will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and is open to the public.

This exhibition presents monumental scale paintings based off of photographic images of cross-generational women. The paintings are situated in allegorical juxtaposition to create a dialogue between tropes of womanhood and the act of posing for a photograph. The images typify the independent kind of historic record made possible by home photography, that made by families and individuals for their own purposes, to create a record of their existence and appearance. The scale of the works evoke the tradition of History Painting, reenactments of moments for the historic record, once considered the highest genre of painting based on the importance of the subject, the acts of great men. These works contrast with History Painting in that the moments depicted are mundane and the figures unknown.

Additional works in the exhibition explore the notion of Sigmund Freud's theory of Screen Memory, in which an individual's construction of a false memory or cover story is used to replace an anxiety producing memory. Screen Memory takes a double meaning in this presentation as it also refers to film, national and popular history superimposed over private or domestic history. The Screen Memory paintings are based off a photograph of a nuclear bomb test and in Bird’s work explosions represent immeasurable traumatic experiences. Her process of recreating the image of nuclear bomb explosions multiple times implies the process of retelling and construction of memory into a Screen Memory.





the circle
acrylic and pencil on canvas
108 x 109 inches
2016
americans
acrylic and pencil on canvas
110 x 220 inches
2017
screen memory
acrylic and pencil on canvas
54 x 72 inches
2017
screen memory
acrylic and pencil on canvas
54 x 72 inches
2016


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news

With joy and gratitude I share the news that I have been chosen to recieve a 2023 Individual Support grant from the
Aldoph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation. 

about

Primary known as a painter, Rebecca Bird’s interventions into the public realm include animation, performance, large public works, and instigating the non-profit space Tomato Mouse in Brooklyn.  

In 2019 Bird completed Intent & Assembly, a 91-foot-long commissioned painting for Seattle Children’s Research Institute. 

Bird has had solo shows at Kopeikin Gallery, Russel Day Gallery, Voookhyang, William Holman Gallery, Wave Hill and other venues.  She has performed at the Hammer Museum, The Armory Show, Fumetto Festival and Issue Project Room, and shown her animation at Lincoln Center, the Everhart Museum and on Triple Canopy and The New York Times online.  Her paintings have appeared in the Paris Review and Harper’s.  She has recieved numerous grants and residencies.  Her work is held in collections including MOMA, NY. 

Rebecca Bird received her BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2000, having attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in 1999.  She was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan in Painting 2000-1, researching Nihonga.  Before university she apprenticed in egg tempera painting with painter Michael Bergt.  From 2007 to 2011 she drew Middle Kingdom relief fragments for the Metropolitan Museum on site in Dashur, Egypt.  She has painted many carousels for amusement parks around the world.


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