The Paintings of Brain Rutenberg
On Loan from the Jerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NC
October 10 - December 21
Opening Reception: October 20, 6-8 pm
Sensation of Place features the abstract landscapes of New York based artist, Brian Rutenberg in the galleries of Hoyt East. Despite living in NYC for some 30 years now, Rutenberg describes himself as a Southern boy whose childhood memories of Pawley’s Island and bodies of water linking South Carolina to the ocean for his complex approach to light, color and composition.
“Southern children are taught to drink in the wondrous details of the local landscape,” he said. “A flower isn’t just a flower but Blue Water Hyssop or Southern March Canna, birds are Black-bellied Whistling Ducks or Red-footed Boobies, barbeque sauce is light tomato, heavy tomato, mustard or vinegar. Poetry lives in details and the artist’s job is to intensify them.”
Rutenberg’s work has been featured in more than 200 exhibitions across the United States and may be found in numerous museum collections including the Butler Institute of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Bronx Museum of Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, and South Carolina State Museum to name a few. Among his honors is a Fulbright Scholarship, fellowship from the New York Arts Foundation and the Basil Alkazzi USA Award. He is represented by the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, SC.