Sonya Rapoport: Final Works at Krowswork 11/14 – 12/19 2015


Sonya Rapoport: Final Works

November 14th –December 19th, 2015
Opening Reception: 6 – 9 pm, November 14th, 2015
Video Screening and Conversation: 3 – 4:30 pm, December 5th, 2015

Krowswork – a center for video and visionary art
480 23rd St. Oakland, CA 94612
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The Sonya Rapoport Legacy Trust is pleased to announce Sonya Rapoport: Final Works, opening November 14th, 2015 at Krowswork – a center for video and visionary art in Oakland, CA. Rapoport was an active participant in this alternative art space’s 2015 residency program.

Both works in the exhibition, Yes or No? and The Transitive Property of Equality, were created during Rapoport’s involvement in the Krowswork residency in 2015. Each takes the form of a series of collages that address the evolution of Rapoport’s 66-year career. Together they convey the parting observations of an extraordinary life lived in art.

During the creation of Yes or No? Rapoport was cataloguing the archives of her research-based practice. Using duplicate photographs, ephemera, and source materials from her earlier projects, as well as selected quotations about the life of painter and UC Berkeley classmate Jay DeFeo, Rapoport created an autobiographical montage that gallerist Jasmine Moorhead describes as “an alchemical tool whereby new meanings are made visible.”

Appropriating short phrases from fellow resident Anne Lesley Selcer’s poem, “The Natural World” (2015), The Transitive Property of Equality is a meditation on the process of making art. This collage represents the twelfth phase in Rapoport’s Objects On My Dresser, a multi-media artwork incorporating a collection of domestic items with which she’d been engaged since 1979.

Rarely seen video documentation from several of Rapoport’s early computer-assisted installations will also be on view.