Through a series of tableaux vivants, Sleep of Reason uses the narratives in Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos to examine the theatrical/performance implications of abuse as depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. Staged still scenes are briefly illuminated with light cutting through longer periods of darkness. Using masks, sculpture, and allegory, Sleep of Reason suggests the presence of a recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.
Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Archive, and residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She recently published a handmade artist book based on Sleep of Reason at The Women's Studio Workshop.
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This production is being presented through HEREstay, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical and administrative support.
This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation.