X Contemporary, New York
Multimedia artist Rachel Rampleman is best known for her witty and acerbic video art challenging gendered stereotypes and constructions of “feminine” identity. Acting as director, curator, anthropologist, and voyeur, the artist involves documentary style interviews and experimental multi-channel video studies, providing the viewer an empathetic relationship with her subjects. The Bodybuilder Vignettes are constructed from appropriated footage of professional female bodybuilders at a competition circa 2015. The micro-looped, candy-colored animations of individual competitors represent a surprising landscape of feminine prowess, inviting the viewer to contemplate one of Rampleman’s prolific cultural studies in a contemporary situation.
Currently living and working in Brooklyn, Rampleman received her MFA from NYU in 2006. Since then, her work has been shown in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Socrates Sculpture Park, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Cleopatra’s, Flux Factory, un(SCENE) Art Show, Cynthia Broan Gallery, NP Contemporary Art Center, Envoy Enterprises, the Governors Island Art Fair, The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Warehouse Gallery, 80 Washington Square East Gallery, Tandem, Art Gotham, Rosenburg Gallery, and Cantor Film Center. Internationally, her work has been shown at the Shanghai Biennale (Brooklyn Pavilion, 2012-13) in China, the Chennai Photo Biennale (India), JAM in Bangkok, Thailand, and throughout Europe at S.M.A.K. (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) and Art Cinema OFFoff (Ghent, Belgium), Monte Arts Centre (Antwerp, Belgium), C/O Berlin, Die Fruhperle, and The Secret Cabinet (Berlin, Germany). Rachel recently had a solo exhibition on view at These Things Take Time in Ghent, Belgium, and at Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as an early career retrospective at The Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Art (CEPA Gallery) in Buffalo, New York.