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Virtual Studio Visit: Arlene Rush

May 29, 2020

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Photo Credit: Dianne Athey


Join Pelham Art Center for a virtual studio visit with Arlene Rush


About Arlene

Arlene Rush, a New York City-based artist, has exhibited extensively in museums, universities, and galleries across the world. Archilesi I Homberg Fine Art represents her in New York and most recently, her work has appeared in Art In Odd Places and Pen and Brush in New York City and 2019 CONTEXT Miami Basel Art Fair. In February 2020, she was included in a group exhibition curated by Francesca Arcilesi and Norma Homberg in conjunction with SFA Projects in New York City. She will be part of several future exhibitions: “Someone Will Remember Us – even in a different time”, Curated by Lisa di Donato at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY and “Americans Looking In”, Curated by Sheri Littlefield and Emile Ahern at The Center for Book Art in New York City in 2020, and “Cogito, ergo sum – I Think Therefore I Am: Prisms of Identity”, Curated by Bina Sarkar Ellias at Pen and Brush in New York City in 2021.

She has been the recipient of the Pat Hearn & Colin De Land Foundation Grant, and a residency to Barcelona, Spain from the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.  For the last five years of Rush Art Gallery she was on the artist advisory board of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (no relations).

“My conceptual multidisciplinary work expands to sculptural objects, installations, and digital photography. Influenced by my own life and world events, I explore issues surrounding women’s rights, gender, identity, and the political and social climate of our era. I create sculptures, life casts of myself along with interactive performances. I appropriate and alter massed circulated objects – either material or virtual – and outline the increasing consumerism of late capitalism. My most current series Current Affairs explores the political state and how it challenges gender identity, me too era, racism and our human rights as a whole.  Reflecting on the challenges of being a woman artist, I interrogate the patriarchal lens through which my work is viewed and create “new relics” of contemporary American culture and history.”

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