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B & D Studios

39 Pilgrim Street

#3RD FLOOR

Newcastle upon Tyne

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Behold is a mixed media visual art exhibition from emerging North-East artist Rachel Brook.

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***PLEASE NOTE - ANY CHANGES TO COVID-19 GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES WILL BE FULLY RISK-ASSESSED AND APPLIED TO THE RUNNING OF THIS EXHIBITION***

Behold is a mixed media visual art exhibition from emerging North-East artist Rachel Brook.

The exhibition will run between 22 July - 29 July, displaying a body of work Rachel produced throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic in response to an abstract exploration of dimensional space and colour as metaphor for shifting socio-political perspectives on diversity of ability and knowledge in the age of information.

This will be the first exhibition at B&D Studios since March 2020 due to UK COVID-19 restrictions and one of the last solo exhibitions in both B&D Studios and Commercial Union House before the building closes as part of Newcastle City Council’s capital redevelopment plans.

Artist Rachel Brook, said: “The exhibition title is a shortened version of the main exhibition image “Behold The Tesseract”. It is a celebration of the tesseract (or hyper cube), a four dimensional shape that can be observed from multiple perspectives. Each time you view the shape you see something new, observing the shape from multiple angles, considering the different interconnected cubes forming the whole shape and the central point of focus, seemingly changing position before your eyes or when you look again.

“When explored artistically the shape offers both challenges in its construction and opens doorways to new avenues of visual experimentation.”

As a visual artist and arts freelancer Rachel produces abstract visual art, artist film/moving-image and digital art. Rachel runs an “open-door studio” #PLACEHOLDER in Newcastle, with the aim of creating work while constantly and fluidly exhibiting within the small space. The single room is used as a canvas through the installation of work and sometimes painting directly onto the walls and capturing the process on film before returning the walls to white.

Rachel added: “I began to think philosophically about the tesseract during the first UK lockdown and what it represented to me about my understanding of the world and the lives of so many people interlinked by common ground and yet fragmented by individual experience.

“In the confusion and uncertainty of the pandemic the tesseract offered me an avenue of structure and boundaries in form whilst representing diversity of thought in the multiple viewable perspectives. One can have two or more opposing thoughts at one time and value (or reject) all equally. I feel like we exist right now in this pivotal moment in history where polarised sociopolitical consciousness is becoming more blurred and spherical.”

Rachel has a background in film and media and has worked in digital and grassroots communications within these industries. This combination of experience and practice has led to a process of conceptual thinking about the permanence and transition of work within the digital realm. On the day of the exhibition a minted, one-of-a-kind animation of the exhibition’s title piece will be uploaded to the NFT trading website Rarible.com and made available for auction. Non-Fungible Tokens are units of data that are unique digital items.

Rachel’s artist film work presents a range of dream-like perspectives, often combining surrealism with art documentary. The artist lives with an invisible disability that impacts her sleep, physical and mental energy levels and mental health. The more personal aspects of this work include approaches to the visual and ambient perspectives of living with Narcolepsy.

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