OCD: Obsessive Collecting Disorder

Rachel Hellner

Opening: Friday April 8th, 7:00 PM
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm

Xchanges Gallery presents Rachel Hellner’s intimate view of saving, collecting and obsession, in her exhibition “OCD: Obsessive Collecting Disorder”. A self-proclaimed pack-rat, Hellner takes collecting to a new level and explores some of its aesthetic and emotional aspects.

It is inconclusive whether disposophobia (the inability to discard possessions, even ones that have limited value) is an isolated disorder or whether it is a symptom of another condition, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder. Reasons for hoarding vary broadly, but it is commonly a psychological consequence of situations such as living through an economic depression, or not properly dealing with an early loss of a significant person. Unlike current TV shows that expose the amassing of personal stockpiles of objects, Hellner’s own collection is selective and minimal, focusing on intimacy and repetition.

For artists like Hellner, who see the potential for art in many everyday discarded objects, collecting is a hard habit to break. Hellner showcases her own ‘treasures’ as she explores the theme of obsession/compulsion and the meaning of ‘precious’.

Inspired by her external environment and internal contemplations, Hellner takes commonplace and familiar subject matter and redefines it in serious and humorous ways that challenge the audience to look beyond the aesthetically rendered surface.

Here is a video of the interview from opening night:
youtube.com/watch?v=FGTckSHFnDo [14 minutes]

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