Four paintings by Associate Professor of Art Nicholas H. Ruth are included in a group show at the University of Rochester's Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons on the River Campus through Friday, Nov. 16.
Ruth submitted a proposal for the show titled “Naturally: Looking at Looking at Nature,” to the gallery's exhibition committee, where it was chosen from more than 90 entries to be one of five exhibitions at the gallery this year.
Ruth's paintings, such as Short Circuit (pictured here) evoke a version of nature in tension with a human presence. Hints at natural processes like the water cycle are entangled with human objects like radio antenae and a water-dripping cauldron. While the richly colored paintings invite viewers in, the mood is an anxious one.
A member of the faculty since 1995, Ruth holds a bachelor's degree in studio art from Pomona College and a master's in painting from Southern Methodist University.
Exhibiting with Ruth are Mark Edward Grimm, Stephanie McMahon and Stefan Petranek, showing photography, painting, video and a site-specific installation. The exhibit contests the definition of nature as a monolithic entity and explores a variety of ways of thinking about and seeing nature. Petranek is teaching Introduction to Imaging at HWS this fall as an adjunct instructor.
An opening reception will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 at the gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will feature an artists' talk beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and is closed Monday.
For details, call (585) 275-5911 or visit the gallery's web site at Hartnett Gallery.