In What Remains is Dust, artist Rebecca Keller meditates on memory and loss. Objects belonging to friends and family since passed rest atop white linens, covered by a blanket of pink dust made up of Keller's father's body powder and her mother's face powder. Visitors engage with the piece by sifting the dust onto the objects. After the objects become obscured by repeated dustings of powder, they are removed from the linens, leaving traces and silhouettes suggestive of missing bodies. In this video by Ted Brusubardis, Keller discusses the evocative potential of intimate yet common objects and the nature of memory.
This exhibition was presented at the Carthage College H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, March 6-April 22, 2017, along with a second installation titled A Dangerous Proposition, which you can learn more about in this video:
In A Dangerous Proposition, artist Rebecca Keller reframes public education as a radical act. Glass containers are filled with water, while lightbulbs hover inside the containers, almost touching the surface. The vessels are surrounded by projections of quotes about philosophies of teaching and learning, such as the notion that children are vessels to be filled with knowledge. In this video by Ted Brusubardis, Keller reflects on the recent history of public education and its role in equipping students with the capacity to think critically and to question their surroundings, as well as her own teaching practice at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This exhibition was presented at the Carthage College H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, March 6-April 22, 2017, along with a second installation titled What Remains is Dust, which you can learn more about in this video: https://youtu.be/EEP3cmfpwwQ.
Founded in 2005, Bad at Sports (B@S) features over 20 principal collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City that features artists and art worlders talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it. Here they interview Keller about Excavating History and her What Remains is Dust and Dangerous Proposition installations
Exhibition review from "The Way of the Shovel"
Discussion of Keller's Excavating History residency and exhibition at Chesterwood, the former estate of Daniel Chester French, now a museum
Rebecca Keller's TEDx talk at the University of Chicago
My interview regarding "Body of Work" at Mutual Art
Hyperallergic's review of an Excavating History Project
Interview at Praeterita about my Excavating History projects
A writer's take on my exhbition at the Glessner House Museum-look for the entry labelled "Spooked Out"
Look for "House Interventions" halfway down the page.
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