New World

by Rhonda Weppler

New world is a series of images that suggest a narrative from a minimal array of visual props. Their serial, modular composition suggests endless combinations of similar elements. The stage is set with a patterned curtain and a suggestion of a window. The main character of each scene is represented by a single hand and forearm, pulling back the curtain to glimpse the space outside, which is saturated in strange, other-worldly hues. The images are enigmatic, but we can inhabit them as familiar scenarios: what happens next? Open-ended, the images could be read as apocalyptic, or a new domesticity on another planet. 

Rhonda Weppler was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and currently lives and works in New York City. She is currently a part of the Artist Studios program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York CIty, and previously was the Artist Project Lead for the Community Arts Initiative, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 2017–18. She has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Vancouver Art Gallery, Dos de Mayo in Madrid, the Power Plant in Toronto, Musée d’art Contemporain in Montreal, Tokyo Wonder Site, loop-raum in Berlin, Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, and COCA in Seattle. Her work is represented in public collections including the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montreal, Vancouver Art Gallery, and the National Gallery of Canada