Mirage – a dual exhibition w/ Angela Izzo @ Embed Gallery



Focusing on plant-based hallucinations and fantasy, Mirage is an optical phenomenon occupying elements of earth, fire, water and metal; artwork created by naturally occurring primitive reactions.  Mirage: A Dual Exhibition by Angela Izzo and Rain Lucien Matheke invites the viewer into an immersive environment, triggering all of the senses to evoke euphoric sensations and trance-like illusions.

Photographer Angela Izzo uses strictly in-camera film techniques to create surreal and poetic images that depict beauty in the mundane. While Rain Lucien Matheke’s work celebrates states of arrested decay and transition utilizing the body, earth and their natural elements

Mirage is dedicated to expanding imagination with elemental materials, vision and techinique.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 5th 6-10pm

On view: July 5th – July 26th

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/807000759699733/ 

Embed Gallery: https://www.1111acc.org/gallery

Rain Lucien Matheke is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles with her cats. Rain is a trans woman living with a rare primary immune deficiency disease. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Visual Art from California State University, Northridge. Matheke recently completed an artist residency at the Coaxial Arts Foundation, funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.  Matheke’s work has been shown at The Brand Library and Art Center, LACDA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, OCCCA, Ark, Shoebox Projects, among many others.  Most recently, Matheke participated in Femmebit Festival 2019 at Civic Center Studios. Rain is also the woman behind noise projects, endometrium cuntplow and disappearing.

IZZO is a creative mix of digital photography and videography blended with custom film camera techniques. Angela Izzo is a graduate of Brooks Institute with a BA in Visual Journalism. Angela has worked for MTV News, CBS, AOL Travel, We Are Here, Sony, Roc Nation and other prominent media companies. She has directed music videos and filmed live performances for Dolly Parton, Lauren Ruth Ward, Dorothy, Pearl Charles, Daniel Johnston,Taylor Momsen, Lykke Li, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chris Robinson, and many others. Angela’s photography was presented at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Jamie Brooks Fine Art Gallery, and the Guggenheim in New York. Her work has also been published in Relix Magazine, Vice, Huffington Post, and others. She wrote and directed the documentary “We Heart the Art Barn” about an art space which was featured in the Ventura Film Festival in 2009. In 2012 she won 1st place in the experimental film category for “The Messages We Give” at the My Hero International Film Festival. Currently, Izzo is producing and directing “The Benders Circuit” documentary about the underground audio-visual performance scene in Los Angeles.

Raptures and Confessions – Residency @ Coaxial Arts Foundation, December 9-16, 2018

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Coaxial Arts Foundation Presents, Raptures and Confessions, a residency by Rain Lucien Matheke.

Rain is interested in the exploration of identity as it relates to gender and the body, and the navigation of the identity as it changes and evolves as a result of illness and disease. The destructive, contemplative, and repetitive processes used to make her work examine struggles between death and preservation as well as acceptance and control, in an effort to establish a sense of permanence in a decaying body. Illness comprises much of life. Rain’s practice embraces and celebrates the seemingly futile pursuit of the preservation of life and the fragility of the body.

Raptures and Confessions will explore transition, self-haunting, and death autonomy within the context of living with invisible, chronic illness. This residency will provide a brief glimpse into existence as a partially dead, half-dissociated entity. Raptures and Confessions will feature new and recent paintings, sculpture, photographs, video and performance. There will be a Burial Ritual: I Hope That You Can Live with My Ghost, which will be live-streamed at very inconvenient time on Monday, December 10, 2018. Welcome to the life of a chronically ill person. There will be a Ghost Dance, taking place at the reception on Saturday, December 15, 2018 featuring Theresa Knopf and Dannica Donnell. This Ghost Dance is both a ritual and a public confession.

Rain Lucien Matheke is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles with her cats. Rain is a trans woman living with a rare primary immune deficiency disease. She received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Visual Art from California State University, Northridge. Rain has had several solo exhibitions in the Greater Los Angeles area, and has exhibited in group shows and performed throughout California, as well as in Nebraska and New York. Rain is also the woman behind endometrium cuntplow and disappearing.


Event Schedule:

Monday, December 10, 2018, TBA
Burial Ritual: I Hope That You Can Live With My Ghost
Live Streamed Performance

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Opening Reception
Ghost Dance (One Time Only Performance)

This residency is funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)



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Smol Werks @ Pink Flamingo Gallery, Moorpark College

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Rain Lucien Matheke will be showing some new and recent small work in the Pink Flamingo Gallery (HSS 129) at Moorpark College.
Smol Werks will be on view from September 19 – October 8, with a reception and brief artist talk on Tuesday, September 25.

*Gallery hours are 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Thursday*

Gallery is located on the South Side of the Humanities/Social Sciences Building (HSS 129)
*Parking permits are $2/day.

(Cover image: “Minilth (Oversharing)” 2017″)



Infusions 2018 rewards tier added to Patreon

I will mail you an original 4×6″ photograph from my “Infusions 2018” documentation series.  After the year is over, I will mail you a postcard once a month with an image of mine on it.  Once the final “Infusions 2018” zine is finished, I’ll mail you a copy of that as well. Plus everything the $5 tier receives.

For the year 2018, I am bringing a disposable camera with me to my infusion every month.  I will be developing each roll of film, getting 2-3 sets of photos each time.  I will be selecting the strongest images from each month to alter/embellish in some way, and then the plan is to get them all framed and exhibit the body of work sometime in 2019.  I will also be making a zine with selected images.  I will mail you one of the original photographs each month until the project is completed.  After that time, I’ll make an edition of postcards each month featuring images of mine and mail those to you for as long as you remain in this tier.


I am just a ghost SHOP NOW OPEN

I finally opened a formal shop to purchase my numbered edition wares,  I will mostly be listing zines, buttons, cassettes and cds here.  I may add other things too, such as insect jewelry, small drawings and paintings as well, or I may list those on Etsy.  I haven’t decided yet. But for now, you can purchase all of my currently available zines (including the brand new Hands Petting Cats…Volume 3) at the I Am Just A Ghost Shop!!!  I will be adding PDF files of my out of print zines in the near future as well.



Thank you for your time, I love you.










Name Change – Rain Lucien Matheke

New year, new approach.

In an effort to promote my own self love and self care, I am dropping the name David, and taking the name that I chose for myself in my childhood, Rain

I am slowly phasing out all things “David / däv / D.”  It’s okay if you call me that out of habit for a while, as I know this is a change for everyone who’s known me, but I ask that you please make the effort.  As you (probably already know) I prefer she/her pronouns. I am hoping to update all my urls and contact emails soon (here, Patreon, etc.) and I will be making the name change legal as soon as I am able.

Please consider donating to my Patreon Campaign.  If you like my work, this is a direct way to help me sustain my studio practice and related expenses (submission fees, storage unit, materials, etc.)  I offer some fun rewards and love in exchange for support, which starts as low as just $1/month.  You can see works in progress, as well as gain insight into my process and my studio, as well as see finished work before it gets added here (and much that doesn’t) www.patreon.com/rainlucienmatheke

Thank you for your time, I love you,



Super happy new year, everyone!

New year, new approach.

In an effort to be ever more vulnerable and honest and ask for what I need form the universe, I made a Patreon Campaign.

It’s a platform for ongoing support and direct connection.  Sort of like Kickstarter of Gofundme, but ongoing, like a magazine subscription.

Okay, so here’s how Patreon works

I’ve set up various tiers of support, ranging from $1-$50/month, which will get you rewards and opportunities. The higher your support level, the more stuff you will get and have access to.  This is not like Kickstarter or Gofundme where you make a 1-time contribution for a single project.  This is a recurring monthly donation to directly support the ongoing work of artists that you enjoy or believe in.This basically is a subscription-based service and as such, you can opt out at any point, for any reason, and I will still love you.
Your card or account will be automatically billed at the beginning of every month, at the amount that you set.  After processing fees, the money that you send me will go directly into my studio practice and related expenses (materials, tools, submission fees for exhibitions, domain name registration, storage of finished work, printing zines, saving/planning for larger-budget-based projects, etc.)
I have decided to charge monthly, instead of “per item” because I do a lot of different things, and plan on posting updates and content of some kind several times each month. 🙂
If you would like to just make a one-time donation: paypal.me/davidlucien



I will be showing some of my thesis work at GLAMFA 2017


Cal State University Long Beach, Art Galleries

East Campus Road, Long Beach, CA 90804

Exhibition Open: January 23-February 1, 2017

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 12p – 5p, Wednesday, 12p – 7p

Opening Reception January 29th

Parking: Parking lot 7 is free the day of the event, but you must purchase a parking pass for lot 8 and 8A. Weekday visits – park in lot 8A, must purchase a parking pass

Contact: Shannon Leith at teamglamfa@gmail.com