Rainer Judd's life has been famously full of spaces that blur the line between living quarters and studios and galleries. It’s part of the reason — when we heard she’d agreed to adorn some of our walls in Shoreditch — we were so excited to have her rarified perspective on place, and the particulars that populate our lives.
Rainer was nice enough to drop us some clues.
I love paper. I’m a journal keeper. I stared when I was 11 and now am on Book no. 37. I love the chronological order that stems from blank pages bound in a book. I don’t pull out pages; it’s not a loose-leaf binder. It moves forward with time. I depend on it to hold and store my thoughts, ideas, drawings, scraps of imagery, moth wings — whatever I like.
The project was hatched in a London taxi with Alex Calderwood last September when he saw a couple of my drawings. He looked at “Pillow,” and with a warm smile said, “I know that feeling exactly… I want these on our walls.”
Most of the drawings for Ace were based on ideas from my journals and then, after taking in the space, environment and palette constraints, new imagery was created. Of the sixteen drawings: four are large-scale murals, while others range from portrait to post-it size, tucked away in spots for the viewer to discover.
Drawings range from tender to sassy. They all have stories behind them.
Hashtags invented during the two week London residency:
R.J.’s Thank you Credits: Atelier Ace — Julia Blackburn; At Ace London — Gian Paolo Ilari Levandowski, Carl Pierce, Martin Newbould, Chris Kelly; RJ Studio: Parker Shipp, Vajra Kingsley, Lana Griffin, Dylan Kraus
Photos by Sofie Middernacht and Maarten Alexander