Spaces of Life

Spaces of Life: The Art of Sonya Rapoport surveys 35 years of Sonya Rapoport’s art. Rapoport is a Conceptual artist who has used multiple systems of organizing and analyzing information to explore the spaces of her home, in order to understand her life and to create connections with others. Spaces of Life includes a selection of works in which Rapoport has applied interactive processes and methods of analysis to objects and experiences emanating from her domestic life – inserting herself into those systems as well as opening them to the participation of others. She consistently makes analogies between the actual spaces and details of her home and her own psycho-emotional and intellectual spaces, as well as places of significance from her past that relate to her husband, children and grandchildren. The conceptual portraits of Rapoport’s family members in this space reflect her lived experiences, framed within rigorously formal structures, and clearly shaped by a distinctly female point of view that allows for surprising intimacies.

Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA. January 18-March 11, 2012. Co-curated with Terri Cohn.

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Sonya Rapoport. Objects on My Dresser: Tansu, 1979-1983. Tansu dresser with objects. 45 x 74 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996. Interactive web work. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Kicks: The Witch Hunt for Michael Jackson, 1996-2009. Powerpoint. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Art, Science, Law, 1981. Artist book on vellum. Installed dimensions variable. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Periodic Table of the Elements, 1979. Modified found periodic table of the elements. 41 3/8 x 56 1/2 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Bonito Rapoport China, 1978. Drawings and Xerox transfer on continuous-feed computer paper. Installed dimensions variable. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Exhibition in Print, 1981. LAICA Journal. 11 x 16 1/2 in. (open). Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Psycho-Aesthetic Dynamics, 1980. Floor-based installation with projection. 12 ft. diameter. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Shared Dynamics, 1981-2012. Interactive floor-based installation. Diameter 14 ft. 6 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Shared Dynamics, 1981-2012. Interactive floor-based installation. Diameter 14 ft. 6 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Shared Dynamics, 1981-2012. Interactive floor-based installation. Diameter 14 ft. 6 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Shared Dynamics, 1981-2012. Interactive floor-based installation. Diameter 14 ft. 6 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Installation view. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Installation view. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Art Science Law, 1981. Artist book on vellum. Installed dimensions variable. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport (with Judy Malloy). Objective Connections, 1996. Mixed-media on continuous feed computer paper (10 pieces total). First sheet 8 1/2 x 11 in., nine sheets each 22 x 8 1/2 in.

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Sonya Rapoport (with Judy Malloy). Objective Connections, 1996. Mixed-media on continuous feed computer paper (10 pieces total). First sheet 8 1/2 x 11 in., nine sheets each 22 x 8 1/2 in.

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Sonya Rapoport (with Judy Malloy). Objective Connections, 1996. Mixed-media on continuous feed computer paper (10 pieces total). First sheet 8 1/2 x 11 in., nine sheets each 22 x 8 1/2 in.

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Sonya Rapoport. The Remainder (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Surface (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Photo by Phil Bond.

Sonya Rapoport. Chelate (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Photo by Phil Bond.

Sonya Rapoport. The Remainder (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Surface (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Sonya Rapoport. Chelate (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Sonya Rapoport. The Remainder (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Surface (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Sonya Rapoport. Chelate (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Sonya Rapoport. The Remainder (Isomorphics Series), 1981. Artist book on vellum. 11 x 8 1/2 inches.

Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Brutal Myths, 1996/2012. 4-poster twin bed, board, digital print on paper, Mylar, herbs, stickers, glass jars, tea boxes. 77 x 50 x 85 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Installation view. Photo by Phil Bond.

Make Me a Man

Sonya Rapoport. Make Me a Man, 1997. Powerpoint. Photo by Phil Bond.

Superman

Sonya Rapoport. Make Me a Superman, 2008. Powerpoint. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. July Journal, c. 1970. Drawings on rag paper with newsprint transfers. 26 x 40 in. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Horizontal Cobalt, 1979. Transfer print and colored pencil on continuous-feed computer paper. Installed dimensions variable. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Nuclear Family, 2011. Powerpoint. Photo by Phil Bond.

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Sonya Rapoport. Nuclear Family, 2011. Powerpoint. Photo by Phil Bond.