Kopeikin Gallery is pleased to announce Rebecca Bird’s Circles. This will be her fifth exhibition with Kopeikin Gallery. The exhibition will open on Saturday, October 26th with a reception for the artist from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and continues through December 14th.
Rebecca Bird’s paintings continue to explore recent themes of multi-generational women gathered in contemporary settings. “I began painting women and girls in groups, posing for photos or enacting togetherness. They seem to be engaged with some activity, their attention is directed but we cannot see toward what. It suggests a coven, a conspiracy, a clique. Contemporary, accessorized young women, backs turned, enclosed in a circle of belonging and looking toward a vanishing point that is hidden from view. “
In her new series Circles, the artist focuses on younger subjects of teenage girls and children. Her paintings depict them interacting with each other, sometimes bound to their phones, taking selfies collectively or her young subjects are hanging out next to one another completely absorbed in their world of social media. “This series of paintings started from a phone pic I took when passing a group of young women posing for a photo in the city. Maybe they were on vacation, maybe it was a fashion shoot. They were arm in arm, modeling friendship and belonging for the camera,” explains the artist.
Rebecca Bird lives and works in Brooklyn. Her highly detailed paintings explore intersections of personal and collective memory, subjectivity and interior states, while being rooted in a rigorous engagement with the craft and history of painting. She often uses archival photography as source material in order to examine the idea of history as encoded in images. The process of analyzing and painting from these images becomes a means to further understand how historic images are absorbed and repurposed by individuals to structure their private experience. Bird holds a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union (2000), attended Yale Summer School (1999), and was a Fulbright Fellow to Japan (2000) in painting. Bird's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in private and public collections including the Microsoft Collection and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Rebecca Bird has been represented by Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, since 2009.