Evidence of Being was initiated when I embarked upon a project to archive the objects accumulated over the course of my 30-year artistic career. The project discussed here, not only represents the strategy of self-historicization, but also an investigation of the fraught and difficult politics connected to artistic practice in New York City.  By looking historically at the practical conditions that artists face: high rents, limited space, the art market, gentrification, class warfare, gender bias, other kinds of discrimination and the market-based metrics of success, I found these objects became more than the surplus of my practice; they became a lens through which these issues could be explored. 
 

Sugar & Spice
2017
Glass, shredded rejection letters, metal leaf and vinyl lettering
5"h x 6"w x 2"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Glass, shredded rejection letters, metal, plastic and wood
Re, Re, Re...
2016
Glass, shredded rejection letters, metal, plastic and wood
62 ½"h x 13"w x 13"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being  Interactive multi-disciplinary installation: Paper-shredder, imitation gold-leaf, glass, rejection letters, shredded rejection letters, metal, plastic, acrylic, wood and polyurethane
Reject
2016
Interactive multi-disciplinary installation: Paper-shredder, imitation gold-leaf, glass, rejection letters, shredded rejection letters, metal, plastic, acrylic, wood and polyurethane
Dimensions Variable
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Rejection, Reject, Re...
2015-2016
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
38 various sizes: Overall installation 96"h x 156"w x 9"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Fullscale Gallery 1990
2016
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
6"h x 17"w x 1 ¼"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Zabriskie Gallery 1989
2016
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
9"h x 17"w x 4"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Andre Emmerich Gallery 1989
2015-2016
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
12"h x 12"w x 2"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Art in General 1992
2015-2016
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
5 ½"h x 17"w x 4"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Grace Borgenicht Gallery 1992
2015
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
15 ¼"h x 20 ⅛"w x 1"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
Exit Art 1999
2015
Archival paper, museum board, resin, acrylic, metal leaf, polyurethane and colored wax
12 ½"h x 15 ¼"w x 4 ¼"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Glass, shredded rejection letter, imitation gold leaf, metal, plastic and wood
Rebith
2016
Glass, shredded rejection letter, imitation gold leaf, metal, plastic and wood
62 ½"h x 43"w x 13"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Rusted steel and shattered tempered glass
Stairway to...
2015-2016
Rusted steel and shattered tempered glass
132"h x 48"w x 48"d
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Interactive multi-disciplinary installation: single-channel surround sound, digital prints on archival paper, acrylic, wood, silver paper cups, glass pitchers, lemonade and mint
Turning Lemons Into Lemonade
2016
Interactive multi-disciplinary installation: single-channel surround sound, digital prints on archival paper, acrylic, wood, silver paper cups, glass pitchers, lemonade and mint
Size Variable
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Speakers, sound, lights and bench
Sorry to Inform You....
2015-2016
Speakers, sound, lights and bench
Size Variable
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Gallery guide maps of Chelsea, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014, Inkjet printed on vinyl
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
2016
Gallery guide maps of Chelsea, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014, Inkjet printed on vinyl
Size Variable
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Collage, photograph, acrylic, wood frame, ¼” shadowbox mat board and non-glare plexi
I Was Here
1989-2016
Collage, photograph, acrylic, wood frame, ¼” shadowbox mat board and non-glare plexi
48"h x 31"w
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Wood, light boxes, slides, metal, acrylic, timer and board
The Art of Archiving
2015-2016
Wood, light boxes, slides, metal, acrylic, timer and board
Size Variable (Site-specific)
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Gallery guide maps of Chelsea, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014, Inkjet printed on nylon mat runner with rubber backing
Mapping Chelsea
2016
Gallery guide maps of Chelsea, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2014, Inkjet printed on nylon mat runner with rubber backing
35"w x Length variable
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being Collage, photograph, acrylic, wood frame, ¼” shadowbox mat board and non-glare plexi
Chelsea Then
2006-2016
Collage, photograph, acrylic, wood frame, ¼” shadowbox mat board and non-glare plexi
48"h x 31"w
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being C-Print
When Did You Decide to Be An Artist?
2016
C-Print
40"h x 40"w
Arlene Rush Evidence Of Being C-Print mounted on aluminum back and non-glare museum plexi front
Chelsea, Now and Then
1989-2016
C-Print mounted on aluminum back and non-glare museum plexi front
32 ¼"h x 90"w (Diptych, each 32 ¼"h x 43"w)
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