Heather Rasmussen: Sculptures, Photographs and Movement

On view in Weingart Gallery from August 17-October 16, 2015

 

Occidental College is pleased to present Heather Rasmussen: Sculptures, photographs and movement, an exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles based artist. The exhibition opens on August 17 and remains on view through October 16, 2015 in the College’s Weingart Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, September 16 from 5pm to 8pm.

The exhibition will feature works in which Rasmussen plays the role of both artist and subject. Using rotting vegetables alongside casts of her limbs the artist explores themes of preservation, decay, and the passage of time. By displaying her own replicated body parts, she calls upon the viewer to examine the fragility of ones own body. Her identity as a dancer, and the movement and dependence on time associated with that practice, becomes a focus through the use of motion pictures and mirrors using the tropes of photography, sculpture, and video work. The exhibition comprises nine works, including Rasmussen’s first use of video as a medium.

By incorporating furniture and textiles into various works, Rasmussen transforms the gallery into a still-life, toying with the movement of time, and distorting the space specifically by imposing images of enlarged packing blankets and towels on the gallery’s numerable window panes. The exhibition seeks to create an immersive environment through these devices of texture, scale, and reflection, employed throughout the works.

Heather Rasmussen: Sculptures, photographs and movement opens to the public on August 17 and remains on view through October 16, 2015 with gallery hours from 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday. The public is invited to an opening reception on Wednesday, September 16 from 5pm to 8pm. The Weingart Gallery is located on the Occidental College Campus at 1600 Campus Road in Eagle Rock.

Heather Rasmussen is a Los Angeles-based artist. She received her BA from the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA from CalArts. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Museum of Photography, Riverside, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Her work is part of the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and other major cultural institutions.