I just received an invitation for Rachel Perry Welty‘s exhibition from Yancey Richardson gallery. 24/7 is her first large-scale solo museum show at deCordova museum and features Welty’s major works in drawing, sculpture, collage, installation, video, photography, and social media–some of which has been created especially for this exhibition.
Welty appropriates the material that annoyingly, and sometimes mistakenly, inundates our lives as her subject, including spam emails, wrong number voice messages, receipts, twist ties, fruit stickers, Facebook updates, and even Muzak. The material is collected, organized, and transformed in visually surprising ways. Whether painstakingly coding and copying her son’s hospital receipts and records, creating brightly colored wallpaper from fruit stickers, or meticulously reporting her every action on Facebook, Welty’s surprising transformations continually comment on and record what Welty calls, the business of living.
deCordova museum features unique indoor and outdoor venues, allowing visitors to celebrate and explore contemporary sculpture and art across 35 acres (140,000 m2). Located in Massachusetts it is focused on modern and contemporary art, and holds a collection that includes all media, especially works by artists with connections to New England. The photography collection is particularly strong and the exhibitions program emphasizes sculpture.
The permanent collection includes works by Antony Gormley, George Rickey, Nam June Paik, and others. Additionally, prominent works by Ursula von Rydingsvard, Sol LeWitt, Type A, Mark diSuvero, Chakaia Booker, Bartow + Metzgar, Jim Dine and other artists are displayed on rotating periods.
Jan 29, 2011 – Apr 24, 2011