M.F.A. (Art Media Studies), Syracuse University, 1996
B.F.A., New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, 1992
Rebekah Modrak uses photography, the internet, and critical design to explore commerce, identity, and class. She is founder of Re Made Company, an artwork that uses recreation to parody the rhetoric around designer tools and the urban woodsman, which includes the language of authenticity, appropriation of working class identities, and a revitalization of traditional male roles. The work exists as a "company" via website and social media. She co-curated eBayaday, a month-long exhibition featuring site-specific work by twenty-five artists, which used eBay as a site for the exchange of ideas, objects, and commerce by incorporating the structures of the online marketplace as elements in the work. She is the lead author of Reframing Photography, a book of theory and process that reconsiders photography’s omnipresence throughout the arts and other disciplines.
• Rebekah Modrak, “Perverted Rhetoric: Craft, Community, Labor, and Design,” Chapter in progress, The Routledge Companion to Criticality in Art, Architecture, and Design, edited by Chris Brisbin and Myra Thiessen, Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2017. • Rebekah Modrak, “Learning to Talk Like an Urban Woodsman: An Artistic Intervention,” Consumption Markets & Culture (Oxford, Routledge). Vol. 18, No. 6, September 2015, 539-558. ISSN 1025-3866 (Print) 1477-223X. DOI: 10.1080/10253866.2015.1052968. Double-blind peer review process. • Rebekah Modrak, “Bougie Crap: Art, Design, and Gentrification,” Infinite Mile, Issue 14, February 2015. • Rebekah Modrak, www.reframingphotography.com (Oxford, Routledge: 2010 - present). Online companion resource to the Reframing Photography book. • Rebekah Modrak, with Bill Anthes, Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice (Oxford, Routledge: 2010).