Beyond the White Cube: Rachel Kessler. Painter.

Downtown LA was my destination again last week, this time to meet the painter Rachel Kessler.  Her work is informed by art history’s greats, but it is also very much a reflection of her own voice.

Her paintings are both beautiful and eerie, as though the viewer is entering an alternate reality which looks a lot like the world we live in, but is jarringly different.  Her studio was full of amazing work, some still in progress, others just finished and a few that were recently returned from an exhibition, so it was wonderful to shoot her in this space. Not to mention all the gorgeous flamingoes! But, that’s enough talk, let’s get to the visit. 

Yasmine Mohseni: What are you working on right now? 

Rachel Kessler: I just finished a solo show at Annie Wharton Los Angeles and this month I did a piece for the group show The Golden Ass, which opened last week. [Also at Annie Wharton Los Angeles]. Right now, I’m setting up for a new series.

Why did you become an artist? 

I think I never stopped being excited about what was possible in art, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to make it.

Why did you become an artist? 

I think I never stopped being excited about what was possible in art, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to make it.

Who are your favorite artists (living or dead)?

Luc Tuymans, early Vija Celmins, Manet, especially A Bar at the Follies-Bergere, Jochen Klein, Enoc Perez…but I love all kinds of artists for all kinds of reasons, too many to count. 

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