Las Vegas’ Whitney Library Gallery has selected international artist Rachel Berkowitz’s large-scale oil paintings for a three month show, beginning November 19th, 2020 until January 26th, 2021. There will be an outdoors closing reception on January 24th 2021, with more information to follow.
The Whitney Library Gallery will be open normal hours for the public for free viewings Weekday hours 10am – 8pm and Weekend hours 10am – 6pm.
The oil painting series plays with the idea of risk and chance. Psychologically stimulating colors and symbols are depicted against surreal natural landscapes, inducing meditations and spiritual reflections. There are elements of luck, gambling icons, and hints of mysticism embedded within the work, creating anthropomorphic slot machines.
These Playing with Fate paintings turn into an escape from reality. The work seeks to create a feeling similar to that of “machine zone”, rather than conveying a single message about the nature of risk taking. The psychology of gambling, the role of monetary rewards within consumerist culture and the seductive properties of colors and signals is explored.
About the Artist Rachel Berkowitz:
Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in London, Rachel Berkowitz graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the UCLA School of Art and Architecture in 2016. The artist has exhibited her photography, painting, and printmaking in galleries and global artist events in Los Angeles, London, and Japan.
She has been awarded first place in various International Fine Art competitions, and has received numerous commissions from staging paintings for Palm Springs Modernism Week, to painting a mural for Bill Nye, The Science Guy’s new videos filmed at The Planetary Society in Pasadena.
Her artist residencies range from the La Napoule Artist Foundation in France, to the Slade School of Art London Summer Intensive in England, to the Artist in Residence for Fashion/Art store Zensai in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
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