About

Darkroom alchemist and appographer, collector and purveyor of snippets of light, Rachel was awarded a Master of Fine Art with distinction in 2013 from Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand, where she now lectures in photography and electronic arts. Her research engages with different modes of image production and their associated values and raises questions around the potential and expectations of image production in the 21st century by exploring the collision between the real and the simulated, the fetishization of processes, animals and objects. Her wide-ranging practice is embedded within a contemporary dialogue that examines the ritualistic act of photography in itself and extends from traditional, darkroom-based processes through to digital and alternative liquid photography.

Artist, Researcher, Educator

rachelhopeallan@gmail.com

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Some photographs are available for purchase at Rachel Hope Allan on daylighted

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All work by Rachel Hope Allan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 New Zealand License. Based on all work at rachelhopeallan.com

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017.CRASH (2017) Robert Piggott Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

2017.CRASH (2017) Rivington Street Gallery in association with Wallplay, New York, USA.

2016.Coke & Popcorn (2016) Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka, NZ.

2015. Paperbag Polaroids (2015) V Space, Robertson Library, Dunedin, NZ.

2014. Crash (2014) Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, NZ.

2013. Shall I Knit You One? (2013) Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

2012.Knit 1 (2012), None Gallery, Dunedin, NZ.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“Coke & Popcorn” (2015) Inkjet Print (8), 500 x 500mm, in Burnt by U.V, NEXT Gallery, Christchurch, N.Z.

“smoke & mirrors” (2017) Giclée Print 310 x 920 mm, in Art Golds Awards, Central Stories Art Gallery and Museum, Alexandra, N.Z

“If You Were My Goshawk” (2016) Tintype, in Cleveland National Art Award, Otago Art Society Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Polystyrene Bear” & “Red Fish” (2015) Inkjet Prints 500 x 500mm, in Anything Could Happen, Yu Gallery, Shanghai, China.

“Pastries & Beer” (2016) Inkjet Prints (10) 480 x 480mm, in Tokyo International Art Fair, Tokyo, Japan.

“Elizabeth” (2016), Inkjet Print 1000 x 1000mm, in Ways of Seeing, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

 

2016

“Caged Serenity” (2014), Inkjet Print, in Renaissance Photography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK.

“Coke & Popcorn” (2015) Inkjet Print (12), 500 x 500mm, in Ridiculous Sublime, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Valerie Rode The Horses Destined for the Lion’s Dinner” (2016) Inkjet Print (5), 500 x 500mm, in Animal Advocates, Art & Law, Otago University, Dunedin, NZ.

 

2015

“Coke and Popcorn” (2015) Giclée Print 500 x 500mm, in Art Golds Awards, Russell Henderson Art Gallery, Alexandra, N.Z.

“Sex and Sedatives” (2015) IP Positives (6), 50 x 50 mm, in Art & Design, Skinner Annex, Otago Museum, N.Z.

“A History of Things I Once Had” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass and A.R Component (collaboration with Ted Whitaker), 2000 x 1000 mm, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

 

2014

“Elizabeth Taylor 1” and “Elizabeth Taylor 3” (2014) Gelatin Silver Prints, 660 x 540 mm, in Art and Book: Against the Odds, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Crash” (2014) and “Annie” (2014) Laser prints, 210 x 148mm, in The Photocopy Club, Urban Spree, Berlin.

“Woodhaugh” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass, 594 x 840 mm, in DUNedinburgh, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Rent” (2014)  51 various photographic works, dimensions variable in Feather Cache, Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z.

 

2013

“Act 2” (2013) Polaroid Skin, 8 x 10 inches, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Act V” (2013) Polaroid, 8 x 10 inches in White Night, Bruce Gallery and Project Space, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Cased” (2013) Assemblage, dimensions variable in Boy Band, V Space, Robertson Library, Dunedin, N.Z.

 “Door” (2013) Digital  C-Type Tintype, 400 x 200mm in Art XtRAX, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

 

2012

“Ladydrive” (2012) C-Type Print, 5 x 2sq. m in Carousel, Formerly A Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

“Don’t Turn Off The Light” (1992,2012) Polaroids and Poetry, dimensions variable in CKC, ITS NOT YOU IT’S ME, Glue Gallery, Dunedin, N.Z.

 “Rosemary For Remembrance” (2010) Gelatin Silver Print, 400 x 200mm in Art and Law, University of Otago, Dunedin, N.Z.

 

2011

“Cast On”  (2011) Giclée Print (6), 400 x 200mm in Photography Now, Dunedin School of Art Gallery, Dunedin, 2011.

“Canvas” (2011) Gelatin Silver Print, 600 x 420mm in  Photosynthesis 2011, Federal Hotel Gallery, Whanganui, 2011.

 

REVIEWS

Review:  Warren Feeney, Ten Christchurch art exhibitions to see this October in The Press https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/art-and-stage/visual-art/97383318/ten-christchurch-art-exhibitions-to-see-this-october

Review: Otago Daily Times: Crash https://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/art-seen-august-30

Review: Critic: Ridiculous Sublime http://www.critic.co.nz/culture/article/6087/ridiculous-sublime

Review: Artist Alliance: Ridiculous Sublime http://artistsalliance.org.nz/events/group-show-ridiculous-sublime/

Review: David Eggleton, “Ridiculous Sublime” in Art New Zealand,  Number 159, 2016.

Review: Samantha McKegg, “Ridiculous Sublime” in Art News, Spring, 2016.

Review: Otago Daily Times: Crash http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/arts/308778/art-seen-july-10

 

SELECTED CATALOGUES / BOOKS/ PRINT

CATALOGUE: Whitaker, T & R.K Gillies, “CRASH.”  (2017), 20 unnumbered pages: colour images. ISBN 9780473402501

BOOK: Rachel H Allan, “You are not here.” (2017) 20 colour images. Held in the collection of The Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9780473410490 hbk

BOOK: Rachel H Allan, “coke & popcorn.” (2017) 832 words, 29 colour Images. ISBN 9780473410476 hbk

BOOK: Rachel H Allan, “H.” (2014) 10 gelatin silver prints, hand bound. Held in the collection of The Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan.

Print: “Rescue Me” In Phototype-Issue Issue 1, Phototype Press. 2016.

Print: “Rescue Me.” Black Wax Zine. 2014

Print: “Ladydrive.” Act 2 no:1” “Act 1 no:9” In Scope: Art & Design #8, 2013.

 

COMMISSIONS/AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

Commission: “Woodhaugh” (2014) Gelatin Silver Emulsion on Glass, 594 x 840 mm, in DUNedinburgh, Toitú Otago Settlers Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand (24 Jan – 13 July 2014).

Award: “If You Were My Goshawk,” (2016), Merit in Cleveland National Art Award, N.Z, 2017.

Award: Excellence in Research and Enterprise, Otago Polytechnic staff Award, 2017.

Award: “smoke & mirrors” (2017),  Giclée Print 310 x 920 mm, Art Golds Award Finalist, 2017.

Award: “Caged Serenity” (2014), Renaissance Photography Award Finalist, U.K, 2016.

Award: “Coke and Popcorn” (2015) Giclée Print 500 x 500mm, Art Golds Award Finalist, 2015.

Award: Otago Polytechnic Student Association Graduation Award, 2010.

Award: Recognition of Achievement in Photography, Dunedin School of Art, 2010.

Residency: Kaka Point Writer’s Residency, Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust. (As a member of  the Dark Light Collective) 2014.

 

SEMINARS/SYMPOSIUMS/JOURNAL ARTICLES

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “CRASH: an ode to Valerie, Annie and Elizabeth,” in Scope: Art & Design #14, 2017.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “coke and popcorn: the image and the series,” in Scope: Art & Design #13, 2017.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “Everyone Bleeds,” in Scope: Art & Design #12, 2015.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “An Impossible Project,” in Scope: Art & Design #12, 2015.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “ You Are Not Here,” in Scope: Art & Design #10,  2014.

Journal Article: Rachel H. Allan, “Photography As An Auto Fictional Practice,” in Scope: Art & Design #8, 2013.

Seminar: “CRASH: an ode to Valerie, Annie and Elizabeth” Dunedin School of Art Photography Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2017.

Seminar: “Crash: Why I won’t fly American Airlines or accept rides from Strangers, ” Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2017.

Seminar: “A Girl, An IPhone and an Impossible Project”, Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2015.

Seminar: “Photography As An Auto Fictional Practice”, Dunedin School of Art Public Seminar Program, Dunedin School of Art, 2013.

Conference Paper: “My Practice Is Indexical”, Photography Symposium, Dunedin School of Art, 2012.

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