Rachel Eulena Williams (b. 1991, Miami, USA) works at the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Her reconfigured canvases unbind painting from the stretcher, avoiding conventional support systems and imagining a myriad of spatial contortions. Her evident interest in colour represents a liberation from, and criticality of, Western art history’s othering of colour, and categorizing it as unruly, foreign, and vulgar. Instead, her interest in imagining unrestrained structures exceeds those boundaries and is partially inspired by science fiction. Williams’ drawings also manipulate the way images are presented, playing with assumptions about virtuosity through abstraction.

Williams received a B.F.A. from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York in 2013. Her work has been exhibited internationally at Loyal Gallery, Stockholm (2019), Ceysson & Bénétière, Sainte Etienne (2018), Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2018), Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2018), Cooper Cole, Toronto (2018), The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Mass Gallery, Austin (2017), SomeTime Salon, San Francisco (2017), and Center Street, New York (2017). Williams has held the SIP Fellowship at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York (2019), 68 Projects, Berlin (2018), and NY Studio Factory, Brooklyn (2014). Rachel Eulena Williams currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, USA.

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Born 1991, Miami, FL, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Education

2013
BFA The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY, USA

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Zero Gravity, Ceysson & Bénétière, Saint Etienne, France
COASTAL, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2017
Tennis Elbow, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
, USA
Coco Currents, Turn Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Group Exhibitions

2019
TBA, Curated by Adrienne Rubenstein, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (Forthcoming)
Notebook, Curated by Joanne Greenbaum, 56 Henry, New York, NY, USA

2018
Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Paradise, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Surface of a sphere, Klowden Mann, Los Angeles, CA, USA
HOGS CURVE, curated by Joseph Hart, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY, USA
Inflatable Tear, curated by Ellie Rines, Ceysson & Benetiere, New York, NY, USA
William King, Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman, Rachel Eulena Williams, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2017
Feed The Meter 2, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Parting and Together, Curated by Trudy Benson, Greenpoint Hill, Brooklyn, NY, USA
The one and only East Hampton Biennial, Curated by Woobie Bogus and Adrienne Rubenstein, East Hampton, NY, USA
The cause and effect of my love for you, 15 Orchard St Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Shampoo Effect, Mass Gallery Austin, TX, USA
Staccato, SomeTime Salon, San Francisco, CA, USA
Epizootics, DTCV Firehouse, New York, NY
Dog Show, Center Street, New York, NY, USA

Press

2017
“Peek Performance Through Closed Turn Gallery”, Creators, Vice, 2017
“Episode 23 -Rachel Eulena Williams”, Deep Color Podcast, 2017
“Pencil in the Studio: Rachel E. Williams”, Pencilinthestudio.com

Residencies and Fellowships

2019
SIP Fellowship, Robert Blackbum Printmaking Workshop, a Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY, USA (Forthcoming)

2018
68 Projects, Berlin, Germany

2014
NY Studio Factory, Brooklyn, NY,
USA

 

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