This is 5 Questions. Each week, we send five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Rebecca Kaufman.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
I am trying to communicate a re-evaluation of perception using the ancient technology of painting to reflect on the addictive visual technologies we rely so heavily upon today.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
An artist’s responsibility is to visually and conceptually communicate life experience within their community, connecting consciousness across space and time. As a mentor of mine once put it, “the micro is always a reflection of the macro.”
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
I don’t know if this is the greatest thing I have ever made, but it’s one of the greatest things I have had part in making. This mural was a collaboration between myself and a peer in graduate school, Greta Anderson, for a group exhibition we had titled Psychedelia at the Swell Gallery in San Francisco in 2016. The image was taken from a Bridget Riley painting, then mirrored vertically and horizontally and projected into the corner of two 16-foot-high walls. We easily logged 30 hours painting and installing the show, just to have to paint white over it 10 days later—but it was absolutely worth it.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will:
If I want to make something, I will make it. No matter how monumental, or how many years it takes to complete, it will happen. Never say never!
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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(Image at top: End of Line, 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 67 x 84 x 1.3 inches)