A monoprint by Associate Professor of Art Nicholas Ruth is included in the “Process & Purpose” exhibition that is on display at the Ink Shop Gallery in Ithaca through March 31. The invitational exhibition features more than 30 works by 10 artists.
“Process & Purpose highlights exciting prints made by a group of significant artists who extend the range of what printmaking is and will be,” says the event organizers. “These printmakers include artists who are internationally recognized as leaders in the field, as well as emerging younger talents. One focus is a major trend in recent printmaking using non-toxic materials to make artwork.”
Ruth says that although printmaking has a reputation for being a very technical way of making art, it is in fact a wonderful field for improvisation.
“I make monoprints in particular because the technique seems to reward experimentation. Since I am not trying to make multiple versions of the same image, the way an artist intending to produce an edition might, I can work with drips and smudges, with blended color and varied surfaces,” explains Ruth. “The imagery in my work, while not pre-planned, is thematic. I’m drawn to things that can hint at the often sad, funny and absurd ways we humans try to control the world around us and within us.”
A nationally recognized artist, Ruth has exhibited work at the Academy Art Museum in Maryland, the Atlanta Artists Center in Georgia, Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival, Western Illinois University, and in the Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester. Ruth also presented his work at Central Michigan University, Alfred University, and the Printmaking Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has appeared in several additional galleries and national juried exhibitions. He is the former president of the Print Club of Rochester and a 2008 recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. In 2009, Ruth participated in the 2009 Sanbao International Printmaking Exhibition, a group invitational hosted by the Jingdezhen Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Shanxi University College of Fine Art, and the Beijing Center Academy of Fine Art in China.
Ruth holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in California and completed his master’s of fine arts at Southern Methodist University in Texas.
To see samples of Ruth’s artwork, visit his website: http://nicholashruth.com/
The Ink Shop Gallery is located at 330 E. State St.
The image above is a monoprint created by Ruth called “Sentinel.”