Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s "Testing" at Rachel Uffner Gallery

Sara  Greenberger  Rafferty, The  Law, 2018, fused  glass  with  sandblasting  and enamel, Unframed:  20  x  16  1/4  x  1/8  inches (50.8  x  41.3  x  .3  cm) Framed:  22  1/2  x  18  1/2  x  1  1/2  inches (57.15  x  46.99  x  3.81  cm)


Sara Greenberger Rafferty

Rachel Uffner Gallery


Summarizing the exhibition Testing at Rachel Uffner Gallery : Sara Greenberger Rafferty’s artwork is the economic structure that governs the way people interact with each other. Testing features new work by the artist, and is her first foray into making glass artwork.  The exhibition, as described by the artist, is the typical “math class where you are expected to show your work.”  Rafferty addresses the current identity crisis of the country, asking herself to inspect “(our expectations for) things to be fully done.”  Each piece serves as the result of artistic skills used to turn barriers into critical venture points.  The exhibition would have been compromised by unessential details, if Rafferty stayed within her safe zone, making content that was obviously the open-minded product of philosophy - she was more engaged with the physical space.  The specific choice, to increase, and decrease, the proportional relationship between her artwork and the gallery was provocative.  Architectural technique merged with art to recreate the experience of entering a sacred space.  The larger hall of the gallery was more welcoming than the constraints of the entranceway.  Rafferty wanted to introduce the possibility that “it is ok (to work with)in the space of inquiry, where being uncomfortable is an aspect of the work.” 


Sara  Greenberger  Rafferty, Broken, 2018, fused  and  kiln-formed  glass, Unframed:  20  1/8  x  16  1/2  x  1/4  inches (51.1  x  41.9  x  .6  cm) Framed:  22  1/2  x  18  1/2  x  1  1/2  inches (57.15  x  46.99  x  3.81  cm)

Moving on to the third interior gallery space, Rafferty displayed artwork in dimensions more appropriate for casual inspection.  Viewers of contemporary art can sometimes get lost in the domain of theoretical, conceptual jargon.  Rafferty’s work might have crossed that line, if she didn’t make the attempt to “contemplate and force (the) issue of the body” onto the viewer.  She first reformatted photography’s original function.  “(Using) images as texture, in a pattern, over the entire thing,” Rafferty did not replay tradition to introduce her vinyl work at the entrance.  Even though viewers were left imaging what Post - Post-Modern color scheme Rafferty would have used, her efforts to “destroy… (and look at the) image as object left a cleaner palette.  Her investigation transformed glass into a play on the natural faculties of the material and the “benign violence” of the present.  

People are vulnerable to any form of a “polemic.”  Likewise, the generational shift between age groups grows, as people move between performing acts of “micro aggression to killing.”  The style of Testing is fundamentally shaped by archival, stock, and film slides, a testimony built on the desire for new things.  Rafferty reclaims some of these items and mixes them with “child references, and then stereotypes of where violence takes place.”  She rephrases our understanding of what is happening when a female artist wants to fully express her own conscious awareness of viewing.  The prosody, of her creative system, misconfigures everything and makes it all appear to be within the terms of order.  The only thing that was missing was a recording of the artist’s voice testing a microphone.  This would have allowed the viewer to question whether she could justify the existence of each art object.  However, as she stated, it’s “not like a tennis match where you can win and it’s clear.  It’s a little more nebulous." WM


Daryl King

Daryl King is an architecturally influenced artist, based in Brooklyn, New York. His passion for art and architecture is only matched by an equal interest in food. He is the founder and director of 国王roi, kokuo roi, an ever expanding firm that consumes everything around it and regurgitates it out in the form of something spectacular. With plans for future discussions, events, exhibitions, and some non-profit work, Daryl is inspired to make his immediate environment quintessential in some way; however, he is greatly distracted by listening to music, playing PS3, and streaming media online.

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