Opening Reception for Heather Rasmussen & Tomory Dodge

Heather Rasmussen, Untitled (Legs and mirror #2), 2016, pigment print 24x32 inches

Opening reception: Saturday, May 13, 2017, 3-6 PM

ACME. is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new works by Los Angeles based artist Heather Rasmussen. Included in the show are recent photographs, sculptures, and video. Greatly influenced by Hans Breder, Ujj Zsuzsi and Rene Magritte in this new body of work, Rasmussen remade one of each of their pictures, in order to walk in their footsteps. From this recitation of surreal and visceral images, Rasmussen was able to develop new forms and methods in her studio for her current photographs and sculptures. Rasmussen relays through photographs and sculptures her interest in what it is to have a body as a woman and as a dancer, and what it is to live among a messy accumulation of things. She choreographs scenes using her own body, plaster casts of her legs and feet, oddly shaped vegetables, and collection of possessions that are loaded with personal and historical meaning. The objects shift between apparent states of movement, stasis and deterioration around the artist's body, as scenes of her studio are incorporated into still-lifes she creates using mirrors and prints of other photographs. The resulting sculptures and photographs possess a sensually surrealistic but fractured dichotomy.

Heather Rasmussen (b. 1982, Santa Ana, CA) received her BA at the University of California, Irvine, and her MFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College in the fall of 2015, the California Museum of Photography in Riverside in 2015, and the Angels Gates Cultural Center, Los Angeles in 2012. Recent group exhibitions include the Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco; ACME., Los Angeles; Christophe Guye Galerie, Zurich; and Mixed Greens, New York. Public collections include The Art Institute of Chicago and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.