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Rachel Perry WElty [Videonale.13]

*1962, in Tokyo JPN
Studied at Université de Paris (La Sorbonne), Paris FRA, at Connecticut College, New London USA and at School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston USA

Exhibitions [selection]:

2014 The Lightning Speed of the Present, 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston USA 

         Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell Iowa USA; University of          Wyoming Museum of Art, Laramie USA 

2013 Uncanny, Contemporary Art Galleries, University of Connecticut, Storrs USA 

         Selections from the Patricia Bell Permanent Collection, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, USA 

         Encounters, Beatriz Esguerra Arte, Bogota COL 

2012 The Vogue Pictures, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York USA [S] 

         Our Selves, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne AUS 

2011 Rachel Perry Welty 24/7, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts USA; Zimmerli Museum, New    
         Brunswick USA [S] 

2010 Lost in My Life, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York USA [S] 

         Rachel is…, Gallery Diet, Miami USA [Auswahl]


Rachel Perry Welty x

Karaoke Wrong Number, 2010, 5:52 min., sound, colour [VIDEONALE.13]

Similar to the aesthetics of a mug shot, a woman in a plain white t-shirt, simply-done hair and no make-up sits against a stark blue wall. She confronts the viewer with an austere and impersonal gaze. The eerie stillness of her body is suddenly interrupted by the click of an answering machine. Through a meticulous synchronicity of mimicry, exactly following the pauses for breath and for swallowing, the woman mimes to nine callers recorded on an answering machine, with their various agendas of apologizing, ordering food, trying to send a fax or requesting billing information. No matter how perfectly the woman lip-synchs to the messages, the viewer becomes instantaneously aware of the incongruity: the nine voices, most of which are male, could not possibly belong to the woman on the screen. The artificial synchronicity of the voice and the body reveals an underlying fissure between personality and appearance. The viewer is forced to wonder about the woman's true identity. She could be a medium capable of channeling other people's spirits or an automaton, an intricate contrivance with no active intelligence of its own. Artist Rachel Perry Welty takes on the cast of nine characters suggested to her by nine wrong-number voice messages recorded by her phone, commenting playfully on the issue of the construction of identity.

Olena Chervonik

Rachel Perry Welty [ Videonale.13 ]