SOLOWAY is pleased to present Rub It In, a show of new works by Rebecca Watson Horn and the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York.
Much of Horn’s work seems like it’s been stenciled out of some crucial but missing form, then patched up with leftovers from a ritual too banal (or significant) to communicate. Sometimes it doesn’t appear to be artwork at all, but rather the intriguing waste product of some creative process of super compression that a proper painting couldn’t survive. Often the pigmentation and scarring that distinguish the ‘finished’ paintings are the result of the artworks being used as painting implements themselves; perhaps by being coupled face to face with other paintings in acts of mutual deformation. The practice that eventuated these assembled works, and the dynamic that exists between them in which every fragment is partly the parent of the next, and every mark recalls the silhouette of the absent tool that made it; evoke a participatory space, a stage for an improvised narrative which is being acted out between the individual paintings and is as dense and ambiguous as the resulting artworks are materially transparent and plain-spoken. Perhaps it is due to this quality that Horn refers to her artwork as ‘Non-Illusory Fiction’.
Rebecca Watson Horn (b. 1981) studied at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, the Yale Norfolk Program, and received her BFA from The Cooper Union in 2007. She has exhibited her work at Exit Art, La Mama Gallery, and the 2010 ‘Brucennial’ in New York, as well as The Hotel Pupik in Austria. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn.