Exhibition Review: Rachel Rose Palisades at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery


The Serpentine Sackler  gallery is a unusual space, with a very narrow perimeter that encloses two former gunpowder stores, the artist Rachel Rose fills this tricky space with her own unique videos and sounds installations. Rose makes videos which a collage her own footage she has filmed and also videos and pictures from elsewhere she edits these together in her own original style to create these graceful and engrossing films.

Rachel Rose is not only in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery which is her first solo show in London. She is also got a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York later in the year and is also the winner of the 2015 Frieze Artist Award.

Responding to the Serpentine Gallery distinctive spaces, she has created a environment which is very immersive. There’s a disharmony of sounds as you enter the gallery, these riffs of ‘bang bang he shot me down’ coming from one corner of the space and also spooky noises which have been taken form the two videos on display makes this exhibition start as soon as you walk in. Walking through the historic passages of the Sackler Gallery built in 1805, and was designed as a munitions store for the safe-keeping of gunpowder during the Napoleonic war you’ll come across two spaces to watch these films.


In Palisades in Palisades, the video switches between close ups of a young girl with bright blue mascara and a blue jumper, standing on the banks of the Hudson River, then flicks to images of the American Revolutionary War that went on in the same place. The blue that keeps on coming up throughout the video links into the space where the video is shown as the carpet of room is bright blue the curating of the whole show is very subtle but so are the videos.



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