VisArts Presents Rachel Schmidt Shadow Builders

By Editorial Team on November 27, 2017

Fri, 01 December 2017 - Sun, 07 January 2018

Rachel Schmidt, Ingrown (detail), 2017, tissue paper, multi-channel looped video projection with audio created by Drew Doucette. Courtesy of VisArts.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, December 1 from 7pm to 9pm

Rachel Schmidt is interested in futuristic visions of a world without a natural ecosystem, where a synthetic biology governs how people relate and coexist. What role will myth play in this future world, and how will the action of myth building take form and evolve? How will a vanishing ecosystem manifest itself in the awareness and scarcity of our material world? In early 2017, Schmidt was a resident artist at the Taipei Artist Village, where she began to create a new body of work focusing on “tension” spaces. In these spaces, she saw a silent war in action, the battle between the lives of man, and the lives of everything else. In Shadow Builders, she uses light to create phantoms of tomorrow, future ghosts that are foreshadowed in our everyday actions and behaviors.

Special thanks to Drew Doucette who was a creative sounding board for the artist and authored the audio-scape for the installations.

Shadow Builders is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

About the artist: Rachel Schmidt is an installation artist based in Silver Spring, Maryland. She uses time-based media and installation to explore urbanization and its impact on ecosystems, future landscapes, and the roll that myth plays in our understanding of the environment. Schmidt was an artist in residence at the Arlington Arts Center from 2011 to 2016 until she moved into a home studio in Silver Spring in early 2016. From 2012 to 2016, Schmidt worked as an Exhibition Coordinator at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and in August of 2016, she left the museum to become an independent museum professional. Schmidt works installing and coordinating exhibitions with local arts organizations, non-profits, and museums throughout Washington DC.

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