Jennifer Rappaport’s work is an ongoing investigation, utilizing all media, on the understanding of people in various environments. She finds new relationships between figure and ground incorporating layered sensory technology that brings awareness to our “humanness”. Jennifer’s work is grounded in movement to communicate human qualities and complex methodologies that govern us.
This group of work, Tracing, explores the relationship the viewer has with two dimensions spaces. Jennifer directs and participates in a collaborative effort with performers Rebecca Silberman and Roberto Olvera in superimposing the outline of figures over her original works of art in a performative gesture to create completely new work. She questions the degree that painting is able to communicate with contemporary times and the inherent introspectiveness of traditional painting. These works bring into focus the universal need to connect by marrying Jennifer’s personal history to an artistic tradition.
Court Series, 2018
Grounded in experimental athletics, Court Series, stems from Jennifer’s personal exploration of New York City public parks. It is a full throttle investigation, not limited to a specific medium. It is a remixed, rearranged and reimagined environment that explores formal qualities and psychological complexities of athletics in urban environments and the human relationships that form in these spaces.
Court Series exists both physically and theoretically. The court, therefore symbolizes one entering a state that disregards democracy (the socially accepted way of governing) and entering a terra nullius (the thought that it is anyone’s). Court Series forms a new ecology for urban athletic arenas and brings new enchantment and awareness to existing urban environments through a visually playful and gently encourage introspection.
Special thanks to New York based dancer, Paris Cullen, for her performances!