About

Engaged in broad fields of practice from large scale public installations and traditional gallery work to activist based Community Theater, Owens is concerned with issues of hierarchy, social conditions, consumption, the environment and the points where these things intersect. Using objects, video, sound, performance, and images; materials that once existed with a specific function are reassigned within a new context. By combining incongruous materials and forms, new meaning is created. 

She has been included in exhibitions both in the US and internationally including The X Krasnoyarsk Biennial, Franco Soffiantino Contemporary, Austrian Cultural Forum, The Frist Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and the New Museum Window among others.  In February 2015 her 5th solo show opened at Zieher Smith and Horton with reviews and inclusion in publications including The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Flash Art and Triple Canopy Anthology.  Owens is Assistant Professor of Art & Design in the sculpture department at SUNY Purchase College.

Email: raraowens@gmail.com

Rachel Owens is represented by Ziehersmith located in New York City.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017     MOTHER, Ziehersmith, NYC (upcoming)

2016    Machinations, Boris Yeltsin Center, Yekaterinburg, RU

           Inveterate Composition for Clare, Purchase College, Purchase NY (through 2017)

2015    Smile Always, Zieher Smith & Horton, NYC 

2013     Inveterate Composition for Clare, Frist Center for Contemporary Art, Nashville

            Trans-Cultural Express, Almost Antipodeans, BAM, Brooklyn NY

2012     Emergency Making Action, New Museum Window, NYC

             Verdantly, Reed Krakoff, NYC

2011     Inveterate Composition for Clare, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (UN park), NYC

2010     Props, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2008     Harboring, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2007     Wishing Well, Special Outdoor project NADA Art Fair, Miami

2006     Overthrows, Ziehersmith Gallery, NYC

2005     Rubble, Sara Nightingale Gallery at the Scope Art Fair, NYC

             Scatter Hoarder, Ziehersmith (project Space), NYC

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017  Dead Horse Bay, Agnes Varis Center for the Arts, Brooklyn NY

         Post-Election, September Gallery, Hudson NY (curated by Kate Gilmore and Kristen Dodge)

2016  Gut Rehab, Realty Collective, Brooklyn, NY (participant and organizer)

          Untitled, Ziehersmith, 2 person booth, Miami FL

          Brural, Temporary Storage, Brooklyn, NY

          KCAC 40 Year Anniversary Exhibition, Kansas City MO 

          Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, LIC, NY

2015   Alchemy, DC Moore Gallery, NYC

           Artists at Work, Cantor Center, Stanford University, CA (through 2016)

           12x12x12, Black Ball Projects, Brooklyn, NY

           Fog, San Francisco, CA

           Dallas Art Fair, Dallas, TX

2014   Untitled, Miami FL

2013     X Krasnoyarsk International Biennial, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

            Collider, Ziehersmith, NYC (participated and curated, artists: Tommy Hartung,

            Beth Campbell, Lucy Raven, Rachel Owens and Robert Heineken)

            Creative Time Sandcastle Contest, Rockaway Beach, judged by Klaus Bisenbach

2012     Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

            Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolies Gallery, NYC

            Breadbox, ziehersmith pop-up, Nashville

           Dealers Lounge, NYC

2011     BNA to Brooklyn, Nashville

           2x2 for Aids and Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas

           Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

           Watermill Center/ Robert Wilson Benefit, Watermill NY

           Socrates Annual Benefit, Long Island City, NY

2010    Nineteen Eighty Four, Austrian Cultural Forum, curated by David Harper, Martha

            Kirszenbaum, & David Komary, New York

            Evading Customs_Milan, Le Dictateur, Milan

            Knock Knock Who's There? That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York

            Whitney Art Party, NYC

2009    NADA/ART IN/VISIBLE SPACES, 395, Brooklyn, New York

             Grand Reopening, Ziehersmith, New York

             Evading Customs, curated by Peter Russo and Lumi Tan, Brown, London

    Lover, curated by Kate Gilmore and Candice Madey, On Stellar Rays, New York

    On From Here, video program, Guild and Greyshkul, New York

    I Thought our Worlds were the Same, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

    Whitney Art Party, NYC

    Lucky Draw, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

2008     The New Black, Starr Space, Brooklyn, NY

    Volta Fair, 3 artist booth, Ziehersmith Gallery, Basel

    NADA, Miami (outdoor installation special project)

    Deiu Donne, benefit show, NYC

    Sculpture Center Benefit Show, Long Island City, NY

2007     EAF Fellowship Show, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York

    Sculpture Center Benefit Show, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York

    Zoo Art Fair, 3 person booth, Ziehersmith Gallery, London 2006

    Ionescoe’s Friends, FrancoSoffiantino Artecontemporanea, Turin, Italy

    Collage Party, Ziehersmith, New York

    Empathetic, Temple Gallery, curated by Elizabeth Thomas, Philadelphia, PA

2005     No Apology for Breathing, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn

    Hissing of Summer Lawns, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

2004     Some Exhaust, Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York

    Postcards from the Edge, Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York

    Andy Warhol’s Living Room, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, New York

    Falling in Love with the Jailer’s Daughter, Project Green, Brooklyn 2003

    Fear of Flight, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY

    An Accord, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

    Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

    Talent Show, Project Green, Brooklyn

    Occurrences: The Performative Aspects of Video, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago,

2002     One Day, In a Day, Everyday, part of Exhibition Sans, APEX art, New York

    New Homes for America Under Construction, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

    Parallel Sensations, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY

    Bellwether Summer Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York City, NY

    Untitled Storefront, Weather Records, Brooklyn, NY

2000     Hit and Run 4, curated by Edward Winkleman NYC, NY

    Project 1: The Green Room, Brooklyn, NY

    Ship of Fools, The Frying Pan, New York City, NY

 

PUBLICATIONS/ REVIEWS

Modern Painter, review, May 2015

Andrew Page, "Complicit", feature interview and cover, Glass Quarterly, summer 2015

Sculpture Magazine, Commissions in Brief, April 2014

Sophie Pinkham, "Trans-Siberian Brooklyn", Bombmagazine.org, June 12, 2013

TransCultural Express fall programme”, Russia Beyond The Headlines, October 1,

reprinted in New York Times, Nov 17, 2013

Michelle Jones, “’Soft Edges’ pop-up by Rachel Owens”, The Tennessean, March 24, 2013

Artlog, "Artist Rachel Owens Ramps Up Reed Krakoff’s Street Cred", June 2012

"Rachel Owens", Sculpture Magazine, April, 2012 (image)

"Hit List", Modern Painters, December-January, 2011/12 (image)

“New Sculpture in Park,” Metro New York, November 17, 2011 (image)

Invalid Format: An Anthology of Triple Canopy volume 1, November 2011

Mary Johnson, "Artist Pays Tribute to Late Parks Employee in Sculpture" Dnainfo.com

October 17, 2011 (image)

Joe Nolan, "Art Crawl Plays Host to ZieherSmith," Nashville Scene, August 4, 2011

Jack Siegel, "Pictures of Pictures: September in New York," InterviewMagazine.com (image)

Scott Indrisnek, "Five Shows to See around the World," Artinfo.com, September 13, 2010

"The Weekly Ten," Artinfo.com, September 10, 2010

Zinta Lundborg, “N.Y. weekend,” Bloomberg, August 27, 2010

Lance Esplund, "NineteenEightyFour," The Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2010 (image)

Karen Rosenberg, "The Lights of Big Brother’s Eyes, Blinking in the City," The New

York Times, August 20, 2010 (image)

"NineteenEightyFour," City Arts, August 3 - September 13, 2010 (image)

Michael Freund, "Eine Stadt sucht ihre Superkünstler," Der Standard, July 13, 2010 (image)

R.C. Baker, "Review: NineteenEightyFour," The Village Voice, June 8, 2010

Kris Wilton, "Have You Heard the One About the Urinal?," ArtInfo.com, April 2, 2010

Anthony Haden-Guest, "Can Art Be Funny,"The Daily Beast, March 11, 2010

Rachel Wolff, "See Here Now," New York Magazine, October 12, 2009

"The Wire," Art Lies, Issue 61, March 2009 (image)

"Rachel Owens: Reconstruction," Triplecanopy 4, November 11, 2008

"Goings on About Town: Rachel Owens," The New Yorker, Nov 10, 2008

Arte Aldia News 37, April 8-June 8, 2008

Paul Laster, “Interview With Amanda Coulson,” Artkrush.com, Issue 85, May 28, 2008

Nicholas Hirshorn, “Site Goes from Trash to Treasure,” Daily News, January 31, 2008

"A Reassessment of Feminism," M/E/A/N/I/N/G #4, edited by Mira Schor and Susan Bee

Artkrush.com, 2007

"The Approval Matrix: Brilliant & Highbrow," New York Magazine, September 24, 2007

Edith Newhall, "Empathy," The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 06, 2006

Roberta Fallon, "Feel the Pain," The Philadelphia Weekly, November 5, 2006

R.C. Baker, "Shortlist: Rachel Owens ," The Village Voice, June 8, 2006

Holland Cotter, "No Apology for Breathing," The New York Times, August 12, 2005

Stephanie Cash and David Ebony, "Front Page," Art in America, May 2005, (image)

Walter Robinson, "Weekend Updates," Artnet.com, March 29, 2005

C.C. McGurr, "Hodge Podge Collage," PaperMag, March 24, 2005

Merrily Kerr, "Some Exhuast," Flash Art, November - December 2004, image

Benjamin Carlson, Time Out New York, Sept 2, 2004

"Goings On About Town: Some Exhaust," The New Yorker, Sept 6, 2004

Kim Levin, "Critic’s Pick: Some Exhaust," Village Voice, September 2004

"Arts and Leisure Guide," The New York Times, August 15, 2004, image

Helen A. Harrison, "Fear of Flying," The New York Times, November 2, 2003

"Rachel Owens and Matthew Lusk: After School Special," edited by Mira Schor and

Susan Bee M/E/A/N/I/N/G #2

Art V-8 Chicago, Chicago Reader, May 9, 1998

Alice Thorson, "Figuring the Body," The Kansas City Star, November 17, 1997

 

AWARDS/ GRANTS

Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant, 2012

Foundation for Contemporary Art, Emergency Artist Grant, 2011

Pollock Krasner Grant, NYC, NY 2008-09

Harpo foundation Grant for Socrates Sculpture Park, Coconut Grove, FL 2007

EAF Fellowship Award, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2007

G.K. Baum Travel Grant, travel to England and France, June 2002

Graduate Student Grant, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1997-99

Top Jurors Award, River Market Regional Exhibition, Kansas City, MO 1995

Richard Hollander Family Foundation Award, Kansas City, MO 1994

 

PANELS, LECTURES, WORKSHOPS

Urban Glass, Brooklyn NY  Artist Talk, 2015

Hunter College MFA Program, NYC Visiting artist, studio visits, artist talk, 2013

Krasnoyarsk Museum, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia Artist talk and workshop, 2013

The Frist Center for the Arts, Nashville TN, Artists talk and conversation w/ Rachel

Owens and Will Ryman moderated by Mark Scala, 2013

The Institute for Wishful Thinking, an examination of social practices moderated by

Maureen Connor, Momenta Art, Brooklyn April 22, 2011

Public Art Panel, moderated by Kelly Pajek (percent for Art NYC), Crozier, NYC June 23, 2011

Make a Break Theater Project, A Theater of the Oppressed project in conjunction with

the exhibit Props, co-facillitated with Candice Sering, NYC Workshops: August-

September and final forum performance September 15, 2010

Nineteen Eighty Four- Huxley vs Orwell, moderated by David Harper, Austrian 

Cultural Forum, May 2010

Department of Art, University of the South, Sewanee, TN February 18, 2005

 

COMMISSIONS

Almost Antipodeans, X Krasnoyarsk Biennial, commissioned by BAM and Michael Prokhorov Foundation, 2013

Skin (US), for Next Wave Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2012

Inveterate Composition for Clare, NYC Parks Department, Temporary Sculpture Program, 2011

Privet, for the exhibition Nineteen Eighty-Four, Austrian Cultural Forum, 2010

Wishing Well, outdoor installation, NADA Art Fair, Miami 2007

Groundswell, Socrates Sculpture Park, 2007