Rachael Gorchov

Concave

Note: The gallery is temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 Situation

March 19 – May 16, 2020

Rachael Gorchov paint on ceramic wall sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Lamp Post, The Rockaways with Plaster
Sculpture, NCC, 2019
Acrylic on ceramic with vinyl
23 x 26 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 67.3 x 14 cm.

Gorchov Lampost painting sideview
Gorchov LampPost detail
Gorchov Tondo Marble Cemetery painting

Rachael Gorchov
Marble Cemetery, EV, 2019
Acrylic on ceramic
10 x 10 x 1/2 in. / 25.4 x 25.4 x 1.3 cm.

Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 8
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 1
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 4
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 3
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 2
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 5
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 7
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 6
Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation No. 9
Gorchov Balustrade, Bandelier painting

Rachael Gorchov
Balustrade, Bandelier National Monument with
Column, Hanging Church - Cairo, 2020
Mixed media
44 inches diameter x 22 1/2 in. / 111.8 diameter x 57.2 cm.

Gorchov Balustrade painting side view
Gorchov Balustrade painting detail view
Gorchov Sarcophagus Toes painting

Rachael Gorchov
Sarcophagus Toes, the Cloisters, 2019
Acrylic on ceramic
12 x 12 x 1 in. / 30.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm.

Gorchov Mummified Cat painting

Rachael Gorchov
Mummified Cat, Egyptian Museum with
Tufted Buttons, Pennsylvania, 2020
Acrylic on ceramic with vinyl
23 x 26 1/2 x 5 1/2 in. / 58.4 x 67.3 x 14 cm.

Gorchov Mummified Cat painting viewed from side
Gorchov detail view of Mummified Cat painting edge
Gorchov Column Tondo

Rachael Gorchov
Tondo (Column), 2020
Acrylic on ceramic
6 x 6 x 1 in. / 15.2 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm.

Rachael Gorchov Cloud Chair sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Cloud Chair, NCC with I. Noguchi, 2019
Mixed media
44 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. / 113 x 97.8 x 57.6 cm.

Gorchov Cloud Chair detail view
Gorchov Obelisk tondo sculpture

Rachael Gochov
Obelisk, NCC Main with Chevrons, Koreatown, 2019
Acrylic on ceramic
12 x 12 x 1 in. / 30.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm.

Rachael Gorchov Acrylic on ceramic wall sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Stadttempel, Wien with the Philip and
Muriel Berman Sculpture Park, 2018
Acrylic on ceramic with vinyl
25 x 32 x 6 in. / 63.5 x 81.3 x 15.2 cm.

Gorchov deail view of Stadttempel painting
Gorchov Plymouth Meeting Mall painting

Rachael Gorchov
Plymouth Meeting Mall fountain with
Lehigh Valley Hospital Utility Transformer, 2018
Acrylic on ceramic with digital print vinyl
30 x 33 x 6 in. / 76.2 x 83.8 x 15.2 cm.

Gorchov Plymouth Meeting Mall painting detail image
Gorchov Chevron Chair tondo sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Chevron Chair with Forced Perspective Door, Bay Ridge, 2019
Acrylic on ceramic
12 x 12 x 1 in. / 30.5 x 30.5 x 2.5 cm.

Rachael Gorchov Concave Installation no. 10
Gorchov Longwood Gardens floor sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Longwood Gardens Boxwood with Lehigh Vally
Hospital Staircase, 2018
Mixed media
15 x 26 x 60 in. / 38.1 x 66 x 152.4 cm.

Gorchov Longwood Gardens sculpture detail
Gorchov Plaster floor sculpture

Rachael Gorchov
Plaster Sculpture, NCC with
Carpet, Angelika, NYC, 2020
Mixed media

Gorchov Plaster Sculpture detail
Rachael Gorchov abstract painted paper group

Rachael Gorchov
Untitled, 2017-2018
Acrylic on paper
12 x 9 in. / 30.5 x 22.9 cm.
Available Individually 

Gorchov Queens Museum tondo

Rachael Gorchov
Tile, Queens Museum with CBS (after Mom's painting), 2019
Acrylic on ceramic
8 x 8 x 1/2 in. / 20.3 x 20.3 x 1.3 cm.

Press Release

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The opening reception for this exhibition has been temporarily postponed. The gallery is temporarily closed until further notice.

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Rachael Gorchov’s work comfortably inhabits a nexus of complimentary creative practices. Her three-dimensional objects are both abstract and representational, and exist somewhere between painting and sculpture. They also explore inherent dualities such as inside vs. outside, front vs. back, flat vs. curved, and pattern vs. image.

Gorchov is best known for her wall works, which protrude into space through irregular concave shapes. She creates these forms with a variety of materials, depending on the scale of the artwork. The larger structures are a combination of studio-made paper clay on an armature of wire mesh with painted surfaces.  Gorchov paints both the front and back of each form in contrasting arrangements and palettes. The imagery is embedded within the gestural marks of paint within the inner surface. The smaller wall works also camouflage the contorted imagery, but some differences exist. These structures are made in ceramic, with rough, irregularly shaped edges, and sometimes Gorchov lets cavities appear in the form. While the interiors are brilliantly painted the “backs” of the forms remain unadorned ceramic. Instead, Gorchov creates painted silhouettes that provide the same sense of bright contrast, which are digital prints on vinyl stuck directly to the wall. The shadows, as forms, are an interesting continuation of the dualities at the heart of Gorchov’s work.

In other series, Rachael Gorchov creates rounded, rock-like forms that sit on the floor, with their own exaggerated, printed vinyl shadows streaming out from underneath them. At other times, Gorchov has completely flattened ceramic into  intimate tondo shapes that present us with a singular, colorful frontality. Gorchov finds inspiration for her imagery in her own travels, and the sketches of landscape and architectural details she makes along the way. The artist describes her recent process this way:

The imagery has become a mapping of autobiographical experience. This body of work began in 2017 in Vienna. On the heels of a previous project, I set out to photograph the sites of the over 30 synagogues that once stood in the city. Shortly thereafter, in 2018, my stepfather succumbed to cancer. I spent hours during this time exploring and photographing the hospital where he received treatment and its grounds. In both Vienna and at the hospital I photographed peculiar architectural details, graffiti interventions, lackluster modernist sculpture. Meanwhile, I was making works based on the perception of collapsed and foreshortened space present when gazing upwards in massive interior spaces such as cathedrals and office building atriums. I began placing the things or ‘objects’ I had photographed into the spaces I was painting. This marked the beginning of a logic that I follow today, of pairing objects with spaces within works that are themselves objects in space.

Rachael Gorchov’s work is a balance of dimension, color, image and place. The space within and around each work allows the viewer to engage contorted energy, colorful contemplation, and shared envelopment.