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Rachel Stern | More Weight

 

Monday, July 9 - Friday, October 26, 2018

Rachel Stern

rachel stern, The Eye of Providence, 2013, 20x25", c-print

The Kniznick Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Philadelphia-based artist, Rachel Stern. In “More Weight,” Stern addresses the conflation of histories with their representations through imagery, storytelling, and literary interpretations. The phrase “More weight,” was famously uttered by Giles Corey of the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts as he lay beneath a pile of stones, refusing to confess to any crime. His punishment is eternally written upon his gravestone, beneath his wax museum tableaux, and detailed in The Crucible. Stern capitalizes on our fascination with macabre history with all its trappings and complexities, building and arranging a queer-washed world from the language, logic, and images surrounding these events.

Weaving the “real” and “unreal,” with the pageantry of kitch and the deliberation of vanitas still lifes, “More Weight,” presses us to examine how a bizarre enactment of the Law, generations removed, can reveal itself as deeply flawed and driven by greed, fear, and hysteria, but also how the re-telling of histories might be intentionally distorted.

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