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Rachel Gellman

Computer Design Consultants

Rachel Gellman uses computer programs to generate the images in her large Cibachrome and C-prints. Gellman’s pictures are imagistic and, because of the nature of the computer’s scanning grid, they resemble very tight pointillist technique, or—because of their perfect regularity—fabric design or needlepoint.

Gellman goes in for puns; her Body/Building, 1985, depicts a body and a building. The building has a classical Greek facade, the body resembles a classical nude torso. In Brush and Variations, 1985, a series of color program variations on a basic design looks like a linoleum pattern for neo—art deco beach towels. The texture of the video grid gives them a terry cloth look; they would make handsome towels, but they convey little feeling.

Gellman’s best picture, Roofs, 1985, looks as if it would have fit in with a 1918 Vorticist or Futurist exhibition. Its dynamic arcs seem to describe a

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