We’re all firmly planted smack-dab in the middle of the “Digital Age”—and it’s costing our planet an arm and a leg.
It’s no secret that technology has accelerated the human experience faster than ever before, and some of us have found ourselves increasingly impatient. (When it takes more than a few seconds for Netflix to load, we curse the heavens above.).
Art, particularly Rachelle Reichert’s works, brings what are the important things to us back into perspective. The San Francisco-based artist is finishing up state’s first month-long summer residency, “Summer Home,” and her works completed during this time, using au naturale mediums—such as salt and graphite—to explore our relationship with raw materials and the “deep time” associated with them, according to the press release. One such piece, a ten-foot by four-foot piece, showcases a single piece of steel as it rusts away rusted within a salt bath, exploring the effects of corrosion that sodium chlorine has on metals and similar materials.
Reichert also uses the same graphite in her drawings as that sourced from Chinese mines; these mines, which provide graphite for our smartphones and electric cars, and are under relaxed regulations, contribute to serious industrial pollution problems in several Chinese villages. Clearly, Reichert’s work limelights our complicated, often times toxic relationship with Planet Earth. And we can all pretty much agree that there isn’t a more relevant time to re-examine our relationship to Mother Nature.
// Check out Reichert’s “Present Through A Rear-View Mirror” – and ask her questions about her exploratory work – on Saturday, August 5th, from 6-8pm at state, 1295 Alabama Street, San Francisco (show runs from August 5th-September 23rd).