Associate Professor of Art and Architecture Nicholas Ruth is one of a select number of artists invited by the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) to create works that reinterpret various pieces of its collection as part of the Rochester-based museum’s centennial celebration this year.
Beginning Sunday, Feb. 10 at MAG, the show titled, “Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years,” will feature pieces by some of the region’s best and most well-known contemporary artists. The reinterpreted works will be on view alongside the original pieces housed in MAG’s collection.
For the exhibition, Ruth will present his inspired reinterpretation of Stuart Davis’s 1931 American painting, “Landscape with Garage Lights.”
The original artwork by Davis is an abstract piece that captures influences of Cubism and the spirit of American Jazz. Davis’s fascination with Gloucester, Mass., one of the state’s oldest seaports, helped to inspire the work.
Ruth’s piece, titled “Can You Hear Me Now?” is a woodcut, a technique based on printing designs from carved blocks of wood. “My work, like Davis’s, often deals with the built environment,” says Ruth. “Although colorful and vibrant, my depiction of buildings, satellite dishes and telephone wires hints at my ambivalence about the role of technology in society.”
Ruth, whose scholarly interests include painting, drawing and printmaking joined the HWS faculty in 1995. He routinely teaches courses such as “Introduction to Drawing,” “Color and Composition,” “Advanced Drawing,” “Representational Painting,” and “Abstract Painting.” Ruth earned a B.A. in studio art at Pomona College and a M.F.A. in painting at Southern Methodist University. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.
The “Art Reflected” exhibit will begin at MAG with an opening reception held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, which involves a benefit cocktail reception and dinner to celebrate the talented artists who offered their contributions to the event. Guests of the reception have the opportunity to purchase the newly created works before the show opens to the public on Feb. 10. Tickets are $100 to benefit the Memorial Art Gallery.