Rebecca Gallo is an artist and art writer based in Western Sydney, Australia.
Through sculpture, installation, performance and publishing, Gallo investigates systems of value pertaining to both objects and labour. In her material practice, discarded and manufactured objects are combined into assemblages, totems and carefully catalogued collections. With a focus on utility and materiality, these works are an exploration of material culture and the ways in which everyday objects can be read and understood. Read more about Gallo’s work here.
Together with Connie Anthes, Gallo is one half of the artistic collaboration Make or Break. To date, Make or Break has used galleries as live work spaces; had their projects professionally valued and their reports presented as artworks; performed personal admin for audiences of strangers; co-written experimental texts; circulated alternative currencies; made books; and facilitated conversations and workshops as alternatives to traditional forms of research. Through these projects, Make or Break explores the role and visibility of artist labour, process, audiences and collectors in generating art works and art market value.
Gallo completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the National Art School in 2006 and a Master of Art at UNSW Art & Design in 2015. From 2014-15 she was a co-director of Archive_ ARI, an artist-run space in inner city Sydney, and the editor of RAVEN Contemporary, a national online platform for contemporary art.
Gallo’s writing has been published across print and digital platforms including Vault Magazine, Art Guide Australia, The Art Life, Sturgeon, Runway: Australian Experimental Art and Look Magazine. Catalogue essays include Not a Solo Show at Verge Gallery, Aberrant Play at Grafton Regional Gallery and Paintings by Mum at Airspace Projects. A selection of published work can be viewed here.