319A North 11th Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Moonlight is Visible
July 3 – August 1, 2009
Opening: Friday July 3rd, 7-11pm
“Here I came to the very edge where nothing at all needs saying, everything is absorbed through weather and the sea, and the moon swam back, its rays all silvered, and time and again the darkness would be broken, by the crash of a wave, and every day on the balcony of the sea, wings open, fire is born, and everything is blue again like morning.”
-Pablo Neruda- It is Born
AHN|VHS presents an exhibition of works on paper by Rachel Mosler.
Drawn in watercolor and ink with stunning care and grace, her compositions range from sparse images of oceanic scenes to architecture or botanical forms in various states of growth and decay. Her work is heavily influenced by a “post and beam house” upbringing on Martha’s Vineyard, where “my father carved botanical patterns and planted an orchard in her backyard, while my mother stitched and collected feathers alongside roads”. Growing up in such an environment offered little access to the forms of entertainment common to others of her generation, so that leisure activities were instead filled with “quiet observations of nature and time”, and careful crafting such as stitching and book binding. Her drawings and sculptures are psychological inquiries into the construction and deconstruction of memories from her childhood.
Mosler’s imagery is never quite literal, and often it is the space between drawn or painted forms that calls our attention. The Artist speaks of the forms in her work as “a safe space for tension to settle and rest.” These works display such a penchant for careful process and exude an aura of rhythmic contemplation. Much like a life spent staring at the sea.
Rachel Mosler is an artist based out of Red Hook in Brooklyn, NY, and currently works as an Art Therapist. She received her BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2003 and her MPS from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. Her work was recently included in a group show at Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY. Prints of her drawings will be featured on Little Paper Planes and the Beholder in the next coming months.
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Gallery owners Julianne Ahn and Lauren van Haaften-Schick are Philadelphia-based artists and arts professionals.
In addition to monthly exhibitions, AHN|VHS features a growing inventory of works on paper and editions in all media in our flat file and on our store shelves. All artwork is available for viewing and for sale in the gallery and on our website www.ahnvhs.com.