Rebecca Kaufman’s practice is in the event of seeing. She constructs disrupted optical field paintings with labor-intensive repetitive processes that imply movement where there is none, engaging visceral, sometimes non-consensual viewing experiences. Unlike the op artists of the sixties, Kaufman’s paintings are irreverent and rife with error, indicating rather than denying the human hand.
Utilizing the ancient technology of painting, she reflects on the realities of trauma under the veil of denial in the form of a highly polished exterior. Undulations, bleeds, and disturbances permeate paintings that reference orderly and familiar textile patterns and early computer graphics. The paintings signal a vaporwave aesthetic steeped in the emptiness of domestic and consumer idealism.
Rebecca Kaufman is a visual artist in the San Francisco Bay Area working primarily in painting. She earned an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, where she was the recipient of a 2015-2017 Graduate Fellowship Award and a Cadogan Award from the San Francisco Foundation. Kaufman was featured in the Pacific Coast Issue No. 133 of New American Paintings, and was recently selected as a finalist for the TOSA Studio Award at Minnesota Street Projects in San Francisco. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions in 2019 at Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco and the Fourth Wall Gallery in Oakland.