Rebecca Rutstein: Out of the Darkness, Georgia Museum of Art, Nov 1, 2018 thru Oct 27, 2019.
This year-long exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art was part of Rutstein’s tenure as the 2018-19 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding at the University of Georgia, an annual award given to leading global scholars and creative thinkers who conceive and produce ground breaking collaborative works with University of Georgia faculty. Rutstein’s collaboration with Professor Mandy Joye included a joint expedition at sea to the Guaymas Basin in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, and a deep sea dive in the submersible Alvin to the ocean floor 2,200 meters below, funded by the National Science Foundation.
Included in this exhibition is, Shimmer, a 64′ long modular steel sculptural installation with LED lights and motion sensors that creates trails of light in reaction to the movements of the viewer. Both the hexagonal sculptural forms, inspired by hydrocarbon structures, and the programmable lighting, that integrates bioluminescent patterns from deep sea video, relate to their presence at Guaymas Basin in the Sea of Cortez. Also on view, Rutstein created, Progenitor, a 22′ tall painting installation inspired by sonar mapping data of hydrothermal vents and photo microscopy of bacteria present in the basin.
This exhibition was generously funded through the Delta Visiting Chair award established by UGA’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts with a gift from the Delta Airlines Foundation in 1997. The chair is founded upon the legacy of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, which from 1997-2011 was presented to individuals – including Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, Ted Turner, Desmond Tutu, and Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter – whose initiatives promoted world peace by advancing understanding and cooperation among cultures and nations.
Shimmer is now in the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Art.