05/10 - 07/05/2008
The Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce the exhibition Ever Present, featuring work by California-based artist Ruth Pastine. The exhibition will open May 10th, 2008 and close on July 5th, 2008.
Ruth Pastine’s nearly monochrome paintings invest in the perceptual experience of color, light, and temperature. Suspending preconceived notions about visual experience, she investigates the mercurial shift of warm and cool color identities. The complementary oil colors are worked together on the canvas inch-by-inch, wet in wet , layer upon layer, an essential part of the rigor and seamless resolve of the surface of the work with a tiny 2-inch brush, creating an inner luminosity, which expands beyond the canvas.
The work is clearly focused on the process of painting - taking the material aspect and transforming it through a disciplined work ethic into something spiritual – “optically immaterial”. The result is a visually vibrating surface as the center expands outwards and the edges contract inwards.