Rebecca Gallo is an artist and art writer based in 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. Since 2015, Make or Break has worked across gallery, institution, festival and nightclub contexts to produce a range of process-based art projects. These have included creating experimental economies that address precarity and privilege; using galleries as live work spaces; performing personal admin for an audience; co-writing texts; circulating fictional currencies; making books; celebrating the invisible labour of strangers; and facilitating conversations and workshops as alternatives to traditional forms of research. Make or Break is passionate about exposing the role and visibility of labour, process and the artist/audience relationship in ways that question and challenge the social and political systems that surround us.
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 Art & Australia, 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.