GALLERI URBANE // NOV18 // 6.30-8.30PM

Galleri Urbane in Dallas
2277 Monitor St
Dallas, Tx  75206
432 386 0590
www.galleriurbane.com
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Doubling the Cube
Rachel Hellmann
November 18 – December 30, 2017
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Rachel Hellmann
This fall, Galleri Urbane welcomes back Rachel Hellmann for her second solo exhibition in Dallas.
Called Doubling the Cube, the exhibition title references an unsolvable, ancient geometric
problem that requires the use of only a compass and straightedge. The challenge behind the
puzzle remains fitting for Hellmann’s interests, who approaches her work through the blend of
creative ingenuity and meticulous problem solving that is involved with producing mathematical
solutions. The artist will present two ongoing bodies of work that aim to blur the distinction between
painting and sculpture. In the first series, Hellmann utilizes solid poplar wood to create folding,
accordion like forms that protrude from the wall. In a process that requires acute precision and
attention to detail, cardboard and styrofoam maquettes are configured in the studio and
ultimately finalized in wood. Responding to the object’s geometric form, Hellman paints each
sculpture with saturated hues of hardedge color. The work’s origami-influenced structure casts
shadows across its surface and onto the wall, further enhanced by the painted lines of acrylic.
The interaction between the naturally occurring shadows and the applied surface geometry
creates an alluring conversation between physical and illusionistic space, inviting the viewer
to investigate from all angles. Complementing the sculptural objects will be a series of works
on paper. Crisp, white paper serves as the ground for colorful, geometric compositions that
echo the shapes found in the works’ sculptural counterparts. Floating on the flat, white
picture plane, the angled shapes of color imply perspective and depth. While reality
presents the viewer with paint on a flat field, visual perception nonetheless insists on vibrant
objects that twist and fold in multiple dimensions. Altogether, the pieces in Doubling the
Cube provide viewers with engaging opportunities to consider each work as a visual puzzle
to be solved.

The public is invited to an opening reception for Doubling the Cube, taking place on
Saturday, November 18th from 6 – 8:30 PM at Galleri Urbane Dallas.
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Rachel Hellmann lives and works in Terra Haute, Indiana. Her work has been exhibited
in solo and group shows in museums and galleries across the country and can be found
in numerous private and public collections, including that of the University of Maine
Museum of Art and the William P.Clements Jr. University Hospital on the campus of
the UT Southwestern Medical Center. Recently the recipient of an Individual Artist
Grant by the Indiana Arts Commission, Hellmann has also participated in many
residencies around the nation. She has exhibited with Galleri Urbane since
2015, with a solo exhibit Quad Line in 2016.
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THE GIFT
Just in time for the holiday season, Galleri Urbane is pleased to present our third annual exhibition
of small works, The Gift Edit. Started in 2015, the show presents specially selected works that make
the perfect gift for yourself (or someone else) this holiday season. This year's iteration includes work
all under $5,000, from a wide variety of seasoned gallery staples like Gail Peter Borden, Danielle
Kimzey and Michael Berman, to more recent additions such as local artists Dan Lam and Sean
Cairns.