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Rachel Ostrow

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Rachel Ostrow

Born: 1977

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Based in: Brooklyn, NY

 

Rachel Ostrow (b. 1977) is a Brooklyn-based painter and printmaker. She earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from Wesleyan University, a post-baccalaureate degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an M.F.A in painting from Hunter College.
She has had solo exhibitions at Planthouse (Manhattan, NY), 42 Social Club (Lyme, CT), Sunday Takeout (Brooklyn, NY), The Kenan Center (Lockport, NY), John Davis Gallery, (Hudson, NY), Saffron (Brooklyn, NY), and Todojunto Gallery (Barcelona, Spain). She has been included in group exhibitions in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Montreal, Joshua Tree, CA, Great Barrington, MA and Ballinskelligs, Ireland.

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Rachel Ostrow, United States

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Time and Again by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 1,800

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The Sea Will Hold You by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 7,200

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My Quest by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 3,000

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The Skies Can't Keep Their Secret, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 1,800

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We've Forgotten Nothing by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 2,500

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Dreams of Invisibility by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 3,000

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We Are Where We Began, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 3,000

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The First Star, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 6,500

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All The Time In The World, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 1,800

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What I Did In Your Dream, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 2,500

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As Luck Would Have It, 2019 by Rachel Ostrow

Rachel Ostrow, United States

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US$ 4,000

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About Rachel Ostrow


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What inspires you?

I am inspired by the mystery, uncertainty and openness of our visual experience and how that can engage our imagination.


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Describe your creative process.

I paint with a squeegee and unearth images by pushing around layers of transparent paint. This process is physical and playful, like improvisational dance. I add paint with a brush and I throw paint and mediums at the panel. Then, with varied speed, pressure and gesture, I push over those marks with the squeegee. I erase entire paintings frequently and rely on chance for every mark.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Outerspace, innerspace and otherworldly


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Zeljka Blaksic, Beka Goedde, Angela Conant, Colette Murphy, Leigh Davis, Juan Pablo Baene, Selena Kimball, Katie Merz, Sarada Rauch, Jac Lahav, Alison Evans, David Lukowski, Carlos Rigau, Sara Jimenez, Marela Zacarias, Georgia Elrod, Gilbert Hsiao, Keiji Shinohara, Kiki Smith, Valerie Hammond, Susan Rothenberg, Max Ernst, Louise Bourgeois, Annie Albers and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

A squeegee, oil paint, and my wall that spins.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Keep working.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

I don't go anywhere for inspiration. I just work.

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