Martha Clippinger & Rachel Goodwin


February 19, 2016 – March 4, 2016

SPECTRE Arts is pleased to present a joint female installation by Martha Clippinger and Rachel Goodwin.  In this current collaboration the duo capture a bright, youthful approach to boundaries in aesthetics by creating an unconventional pairing through found objects and pattern. This discourse between the two sets of works provides a platform for enjoyment and exploration of all ages. 

Martha Clippinger embraces the inherent imperfections of her materials to create colorful works that have a ‘rough around the edges’ quality and an improvisational aesthetic.  Her constructions, composed of off-kilter geometries and irregular symmetries, are modest in scale but occupy a space beyond their physical dimensions. Clippinger plays with architecture to create unconventional installations that require the viewer to actively look in order to discover the works. Through both her intuitive process and the viewers’ encounters, Clippinger explores modes of perception and sensation.  

Born in Columbus, Georgia, Martha Clippinger received a BA from Fordham University and an MFA from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University. She has been a fellow at the Sam and Adele Golden Art Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Edward F. Albee Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation. Clippinger has received numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Award and a 2013 Fulbright-Garcia Robles research grant completed in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her work has been featured in The Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, and The Huffington Post. She is represented by Elizabeth Harris Gallery and lives and works in Durham, North Carolina.

Rachel Goodwin works with wood and found materials, building constructions where colors and shapes interact and hold meaning as a visual language. She accumulates and stacks colors and forms, creating odd and disruptive, intense patterns that suggest both the meditative and playful. 

Raised in New Orleans, Goodwin earned a BFA in painting from Syracuse University,and her MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute.

In San Francisco and Oakland, Rachel exhibited work at the Walter McBean Gallery, had a solo show at Quotidian Gallery, and was part of Super UnNatural at Adobe Books, and the Excess Baggage exhibition, curated by Enrique Chagoya, at The Luggage Store. Her work also became part of the permanent collection of the Di Rosa Art Preserve in Napa Valley. While working as graphic designer for Urbanview, she and her colleagues developed The Box series, curating and producing shows for local Oakland artists.

Rachel now lives and works in Durham, North Carolina. Her work has been exhibited at Spectre Arts, The Carrack, Golden Belt, Durham Art Council, Durham Arts Guild: Gallery 100, Scrap Exchange, Man Bites Dog Theater, and Strange Beauty Film Festival,and she was on the painting crew for the Durham Civil Rights Mural in 2015.

Food tonight with:

Manna Food truck

Opening Reception

February 19, 2016

6-9 PM

With 2 Bands-
The Wigg Report
Knurr & Spell


Martha Clippinger
Rachel Goodwin

Mixed Media, sculpture


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