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Rebecca Key

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Archetype, Transformer, Washington DC, USA 2010
Archetype, Transformer, Washington DC, USA 2010

Rebecca Key, MFA, has exhibited internationally, and worked as an art director in the film and television industry.

Using objects to examine the relationship between artist and gallery space, character and narrative, Key explores myths that surround the creative process within the institution, and other specific sites.

Changeover, 68 Hope Street, Liverpool, UK 2008
Changeover, 68 Hope Street, Liverpool, UK 2008

"For Key, site-specific forensics has become something of a specialty. Past shows include the transformation of a gallery's exhibition space into its back office, putting the gritty business of art -- or a facsimile thereof -- on display. Another project found her turning a gallery (located in a studio building) into an artist's studio; opening night visitors feared they'd stumbled into the wrong place.

This kind of trickery isn't just one-note high jinks,
it's tough love. Once we're familiar with a place,
we almost always tune it out. Key jolts us awake by making the familiar strange. For a moment, at least, we're aware of what surrounds us."

---The Washington Post

"Key creates installations that examine social space. She has previously created an arts administratorís office in a gallery space,a creative inversion that ought to have been too near the knuckle for many."

---a-n magazine



Using film and television industry set dressing techniques, Key has transformed a gallery into an arts admin office: Administration (2005), and another into artistís studios: Bankley Studios Gallery (2006).

In Changeover (2008) the gallery was dressed to appear to be in-between exhibitions, remnants used in the previous show (The Martha Rosler Library) placed alongside elements of suggesting fictitious subsequent show.

In Archetype (2010) one wall of the gallery was returned to itís former appearance as a Washington DC alleyway.

For Counterfeit (2010), Keyís installation appeared as a fictitious group show exhibition, the works taking reference from other artists on the international residency program.

In Patronage (2014) control of the work was relinquished, when the show was given over to the audience to dress the set, exploring concepts of artwork authenticity and craft.

Counterfeit, SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland 2010
Counterfeit, SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland 2010

Rebecca Key
Liverpool
United Kingdom
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Web Links
Rebecca Key IMDB
Art & Design Research Institute, Middlesex University, London
Vernon Morning Star (on SHE 2016)
Washington Post (on Archetype) 2010
BBC Horizon 2011
apexart Resident Blog, New York 2009
Rebecca Key Academia
Island, Eastern Michigan University & CAVE Gallery, Detroit 2011
aa2a Residency Chester University 2011/12
Rebecca Key Axisweb
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