St Louis, MO
3/21/15 12:05 PM
If I weren’t an art critic, I’d be an interior designer. Shelter magazines are my porn. So Rachael Tellerman’s series of collages pasted together from cutout armchairs and grandfather clocks, wooden doors and table lamps, plus plenty of Persian carpets and framed art, personally delights. Tellerman’s conceit in these compact works—none is larger than 8 x 14 inches and most are a lot smaller—has to do with space and the conventions for its visual representation. Does a square pattern indicate a flat wall or a floor drawn with Byzantine perspective? Is a vertical bedframe being shown in a blown-out room or has it morphed into some other kind of furnishing entirely? With echoes of David Hockney and Giorgio de Chirico, Tellerman succeeds by undoing existing spaces to make oddly inviting new ones.