Nathaniel Rackowe — Edge Lands


Mixed media

Nathaniel Rackowe
Edge Lands

Past: December 18, 2014 → February 14, 2015

Galerie Jérôme Pauchant presents the London-based artist Nathaniel Rackowe’s solo exhibition, entitled Edge Lands, with new sculptures and wall based works from the SP series (Scaffolding Pieces) and the NLP series (Neon Light Pieces)

Nathaniel Rackowe’s work has been exhibited throughout the world: from the U.S. and U.K. to also China, Bogota, Copenhagen and Bangkok. Recent exhibitions of note include his participation to the successful exhibition Dynamo at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2013, also exhibitions at the Delfina Foundation in London, at MoCA in Miami and at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Center. His work is part of many international collections including: Jumex, Mexico, LVMH, Paris, Hauser & Wirth, London and Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami.

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Nathaniel Rackowe, NLP4, 2013 Neons and sequenced control system — 90 × 60 cm — edition of 3 © Nathaniel Rackowe. Courtesy Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris

By its use of pure geometric lines and the limited range of colours, Rackowe’s work is undeniably minimalist. Worthy successor of the ABC Art and other artistic movements from the American 60’s, he follows the neon masters, such as Piotr Kowalski, by appreciating architecture with the use of the light, and like the artist Dan Flavin, by provoking the awareness of colour in space. The radiance produced by the light bulb reveals the ability of the viewer’s perception and the de-formation of the real space. The neon light becomes a tool that shows the non-substantial, a memory-based form pertained to architecture which unveils its environment.

Therefore, there is a metamorphosis of the frame, revealing a connection of the work within space. This interaction transforms the aesthetics and even the meaning of the work. It extends its field of action.

In addition, the importance of the line and the interaction of the form with the architecture in Rackowe’s work both evoke constructivism. The fluorescent tubing is closely linked to urbanism and modernity. The materials used in the SP series, assembled fluorescent light bulbs, scaffolding pipes and couplers, are directly related to the boldness of building sites. They outline the work’s shape, while the glow produced by the neon blurs the lines.

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Nathaniel Rackowe, NLP2, 2008 Neons and sequenced control system — 200 × 100 × 100 cm — edition of 3 © Nathaniel Rackowe. Courtesy Galerie Jerome Pauchant, Paris

The title of the exhibition refers to “Edgelands”, a non-fiction book by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley published in 2011. The meaning of the term “edgelands” lies in the city’s outskirts, the interfacial zone between urban and rural, the space where city and countryside fray into one another, between architecture and nature. This path where the city starts to deconstruct leaves us at the edge of the urban world and the “bastard countryside” depicted by Victor Hugo.

Nathaniel Rackowe’s work tries to reveal this transition space. The artist “attempts to capture the way the light transforms these environments, the NLP series defines space by using a lit permitted, the space or “land’ within is defined by its glowing edge”. The light, this undefined space that extends the work out of its frame and specifies the direct interaction with its environment, refers to the half-built and transitory landscapes described in “Edgelands”. Thus, the peripheral area becomes crucial and part of the work.

  • Opening Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 6 PM
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75003 Paris

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The artist

  • Nathaniel Rackowe