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Rachel Ostrow, Hope, 2018, oil on panel, 42 × 36".

Rachel Ostrow, Hope, 2018, oil on panel, 42 × 36".

Rachel Ostrow


Rachel Ostrow’s oil-on-panel paintings—which feature kaleidoscopic abstract forms nearly engulfed by pitch-black grounds—evoke two of the most mysterious, enthralling regions of human fascination: outer space and the oceanic abyss. Imagination compensates for what we don’t know about these places, and Ostrow utilizes this magical territory to initiate dynamic relationships between gelatinous marine shapes, cosmic nebulae, concertinaed ridges, and the yawning expanses they inhabit. Wonder and terror, magnetism and apprehension: These forces were key to the mesmerizing visual impact of the nineteen pieces in her solo exhibition, “One More Time With Feeling,” at Planthouse.

The artist, using variously sized squeegees, creates her images with quick gestures, pulling and blending the paint across a very smooth surface, leaving behind raised seams and dramatic shards. Some pieces are concluded

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