Prints from the Estate of Rochelle F.,
A Catalogue of the Estate of Rochelle F., The Estate of Rochelle F. (2011) is a print folio based on the drawings of the project of the same name, in silkscreen with hand coloring, and gold and silver leaf. The drawings serve to catalog The Estate of Rochelle F., a project that began during the economic downturn of 2009, when Feinstein surveyed her studio's assets, counting among these older stretchers, unfinished paintings, unused art supplies, and an assortment of other resources. Feinstein ventured to optimize these assets' value by recombining all available materials into a new body of paintings. In making The Estate, Feinstein 1) would not spend any additional money in the creation of this work, 2) convert her "assets," into a representative "estate", and 3) approached her labors with the intent of using maximal material and minimal gesture or, as her "assets" became absorbed into paintings, using maximal gesture and minimal material
Feinstein's works weave together her own subjectivity with historical and vernacular associations, an expansive painting lexicon, and the mythologies and matter of popular culture. The result is an a-stylistic yet deeply personal body of work, each gesture deliberate and vacillating between earnestness and irreverence. Feinstein's interests are even more pronounced in such a pre-posthumous assignment, in which revisionism and resourcefulness permit a particularly focused and substantive view of Feinstein's quick-witted and often capricious work.
Rochelle Feinstein lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include The Estate of Rochelle F. at On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2011); LAB Space/Art Production Fund, New York, NY (2009); Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY (2008); The Suburban, Chicago, IL (2008). Recent awards and grants include a smARTpower Residental Fellowship in Accra, Ghana (in conjunction with the Foundation for Contemporary Arts); Showhegan (resident faculty); Radcliff Institute Fellowship; Anonymous Was A Woman grant; Guggenheim Fellowship; Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship; Joan Mitchell Foundation grant; and Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant. Ms. Feinstein received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 1975 and an M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1978. She was appointed to the Yale University/School of Art faculty in 1994 and where she is a professor, and the director of graduate studies in painting/printmaking. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, TimeOut, Tema Celeste, Artnews, Art in America, The New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, and other publications.