'Portraits' opens July 13 at Chace


Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents Portraits of Ancient Linen, new paintings by Gail Rothschild. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, July 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition is comprised of seven works in acrylic on linen, all rendered from images of actual museum linens: neatly folded loin cloths of the Architect Kha (ca. 1550 - 1070 B.C.), a blue Kerchief from King Tutankhanum’s embalming cache (Egypt 1336 - 1327 B.C.), and The Dead Sea Scrolls.
Gail Rothschild was born in New York City and raised in Connecticut, graduating from Yale University in 1981. Shown at museums internationally, her work has been exhibited at MoMA, PS1, DeCordova Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the University of New South Wales. Her work is held in numerous corporate and public collections, including PIMCO, the Mead Art Museum, the University of Memphis, as well as various private collections in locales from New York and London to Dubai.

The year 2000 heralded a return to Rothschild’s first passion—painting. Her capacious Portrait of Ancient Linen series marries this return to painting with an artistic sensibility of impermanence cultivated in the site-specific installations of her early career.

Going backwards
During that period
Rothschild necessarily destroyed nearly everything she produced as she couldn’t afford to transport or store most components of her sculptural installations. Considering her role in the construction and destruction of her own work, Rothschild began exploring pertinent themes in the ancient world, finding great relevance in the story of Penelope, Odysseus’ cunning wife in Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope spends the duration of her husband’s absence weaving during the day and destroying her artistic labors at night in order to deter unwanted suitors. This image of Penelope as an artist, weaving and then unraveling her work daily, resonated profoundly with Rothschild.
The artist’s sharp realization of textile fragments focuses on the spinning of fiber, the knitting of thread, and the seemingly vocational skill inherent in each piece. With palpable deference, Rothschild creates haunting, evocative recapitulations that exist on the cusp of Nature and Culture, eliciting challenges and questions about the artistry inherent in traditionally female “crafts,” the notion of artistic expression itself, and the social, economic, and historical
hierarchies woven into our collective consciousness.

Chace-Randall Gallery is located at 49 Main Street, Andes. Gallery hours are Saturday/Sunday, Holiday Fridays and Mondays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. Call 676-4901 or zoe@chacerandallgallery.com.