Gale Rothstein

Gale Rothstein

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My art practice has always been putting together the pieces. Reimagined through re-use, my work is informed by my former career as a jewelry designer, my passion for foraging and collecting antiques, harvesting broken appliances and other damaged objects, and rescuing found objects from the street to recontextualize them in my assemblage sculptures. My many fascinations, including archaeology, time travel, and love of the American Southwest and Native American art inform elements and themes found within my imagery.  

My goal is to go beyond obvious assumptions, prompting the viewer to wonder, “Where are we? Who is here with us? How big or small are we? Are we awake or dreaming?”, continually challenging them to reevaluate one’s sense of time, place, and orientation.

She Dreams of Her Disappointing Life That Might Have Been Then Was
Assemblage Sculpture 25" x 29" x 8"
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The Bluebird of Happiness Flies Over An Abandoned New York City
Assemblage Sculpture 8" x 15"
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Gale Rothstein
The Duplicitous Gate
Assemblage Sculpture 21" x 24" x 10"
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This Moment is Different
Assemblage Sculpture 20" x 28" x 9"
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Assemblage Sculpture 16" x 6" x 4" 17" x 7" x 6" 14" x 3" x 3"
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Gale Rothstein

Gale Rothstein's art practice has always been about putting together the pieces. Currently, Rothstein makes assemblage sculptures in which assembled boxes and environments (Inter-Exteriors) emerge from a strong narrative and historical framework. Referenced through reuse, the work is informed by her former career as a jewelry designer and life-long pursuit of collecting antiques, collectibles, found objects, harvested broken appliances, and other used items. Re-contextualized and paired in contrasting and surreal environments, these destinations prompt the viewer to ask, "Where are we? Who is here with us? How big or small are we? Are we awake or dreaming?" These questions continually challenge them to reevaluate one's sense of time, place, and orientation.

Rothstein's work is influenced by her father's memory, who was a jack of all trades and one of the original recyclers and re-purposers decades before it was commonplace. She inherited his collection of parts and incorporates many of his objects into her assemblages, further supporting the work's historical and personal foundation.

Gale Rothstein lives and works in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Rothstein's work has been included in three consecutive biennial group exhibitions of assemblage sculpture entitled Eye of the Beholder at the Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD). Rothstein recently had a solo exhibition entitled She Dreams at FX Collaborative, a New York City architectural firm. She has received awards from the National Collage Society, Manhattan Arts, Artsy Shark, Fusion Art, and Light Space Time. Her work has been the subject of a feature article and on the cover of Broad Street Literary and Art Magazine. Rothstein's work has also been included in Feral Journal of Poetry and Art, Lumiere Review, and Artist Portfolio Magazine. In the 1980s and 1990s, when Rothstein was a jewelry designer, her work appeared in many fashion publications, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Women's Wear Daily, and several industry magazines.

United States
New York City



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