News2021-04-23T19:36:07+00:00

SOLO EXHIBITION “SOCIUS” OPENS AT ESTHER KLEIN GALLERY/SCIENCE CENTER IN PHILADELPHIA

Socius exhibition

Esther Klein Gallery / UC Science Center
3600 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Opening In-Person Reception:
Thursday Aug 5, 5-7:30pm
(with gallery talk at 6pm)
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Closing In-Person Reception & Live Performance:
Thursday Sept 23, 5-7:30pm
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RUTSTEIN FEATURED IN BROAD STREET REVIEW

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BSR review

> Read full article here

RUTSTEIN ON WITF/NPR

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Rutstein was invited on the morning show Smart Talk to talk about her work on a segment about the arts reopening this summer in Pennsylvania.
You can listen to the entire segment here.
(interview is at min 24:00 – 28:52)

SOUND EXPERIMENTS AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics
Rutstein contributed an audio composition for a concert entitled “Sound as Ocean Memory”, part of the Ocean Memory Project, an organization funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative.
The April 9th concert was the culmination of an interdisciplinary workshop, “Sound as Ocean Memory” that took place in March 2021, led by Jonathan Berger (The Denning Family Provostial Professor in Music at Stanford), Timothy Weaver (Biomedia artist, microbiologist and bioenvironmental engineer) & Heather Spence (Marine biologist and sound artist). This workshop focused on the potential of sound in capturing and expressing ocean memories and included musicians, data and sound artists, marine scientists, neuroscientists, and others. “Sound plays a significant role in formulating and preserving memory through its ability to communicate non-verbally with meaning and affect. The inherent temporal nature of sound allows for the representation of processes on multiple time scales.”
You can listen to the concert here.

PODCAST INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER PLANT AT RADIO KISMET

“On this episode of Live at RADIOKISMET, Rebecca Rutstein joins as a guest. Rebecca is a Philly-based artist whose work blends art, science and technology. She’s spent time collaborating with scientists by going on expeditions at sea in different locations around the world. Rebecca discusses her many adventures from her residency in Iceland to studying geology at Cornell. She currently has a sculpture at The Bower, a native garden and sculpture park in Central PA. Rebecca is now preparing for an expedition on the Atlantis research vessel taking place next year.”

Listen to the podcast here.

RUTSTEIN GIVES ARTIST TALK AT THE SCIENCE CENTER

imageOn April 15th, Rutstein gave a virtual talk on her work, public art projects and collaborations with scientists including her recent residency at the UC Science Center in Philadelphia.
You can watch a recording of the presentation here.

Group Exhibition at Ely Center for Contemporary Art

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COVIMETRY
ELY CENTER OF CONTEMPORARY ART
New Haven, CT
April 18 thru June 6, 2021
Living with a lifelong passion for Geometry and year-long isolation from the Covid pandemic, artist and curator Mark Starel of Warsaw Poland brought the two together (geometry & mask) with his newest exhibit COVIMETRY.
Over 300 artists from 44 countries have participated in this group exhibition that has been exhibited internationally. Starel intends to grow the exhibit until it reaches 1000 artists, representing every country as a global community. Different artistic strategies are conveyed, exploring the shape and structure of the mask through the inclusion of a variety of media, styles and techniques that allow for contemporary notions of how geometry is being investigated today.

Painting Commission Completed for Bower Sculpture Park

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The Bower Sculpture Park, located in Central Pennsylvania, is a sanctuary, a quiet place for contemplation to enjoy the beauty and coexistence of art and nature. The painting, Sanctuary, was designed and created to be housed within this idyllic sanctuary structure at the Bower, to tell the story of geologic forces through the medium of paint. Working with elevation data of the region, and deploying painting techniques that capture energy and movement, Sanctuary highlights the dramatic bends and folds of the Appalachian Mountains as they course through Central Pennsylvania. Through color, scale and imagery, Sanctuary is meant to coexist within its natural surroundings as a meditation on nature and memory.

Rutstein also has two other permanent public works on view at the Bower Sculpture Park. The Bower Sculpture Park and Native Gardens opens to the public on May 1st. To make a reservation visit thegardenbower.com

Rutstein begins Artist in Residence at Science Center / Integral Molecular

States I | 12x12 | acrylic & flashe on canvas

In January 2021, Rutstein gave a talk on her work to scientists at Integral Molecular and began her BioArt residency which runs from January thru March, 2021. She will work closely with scientists who are doing antibody research for Covid-19 vaccines, and create a body of work culminating in a solo exhibition at the Esther Klein Gallery in August 2021.

The Science Center and Integral Molecular launched the BioArt Residency as an unparalleled artist-in-residence experience, enabling artists to immerse themselves in a laboratory environment and explore the complexities of scientific research. The artists’ creative interpretations serve to engage broader audiences and stimulate meaningful dialogue and awareness. The BioArt Residency serves to improve the understanding of science and technology, foster a creative dialogue between artists and scientists, and create a direct positive impact on human health.

BUILDING LOBBY COMMISSIONED ART PROJECT COMPLETED IN HOUSTON

An Eleven-piece corporate sculptural commission has been completed in Houston. For commission inquires, please contact bmayer@bmayerart.com

BOWER SCULPTURE PARK – OPENING TO THE PUBLIC SPRING 2021

Bower Sculpture Park is scheduled to open the public May 1, 2021. Visit thegardenbower.com for more information. For commission inquiries contact bmayer@bmayerart.com

RUTSTEIN FEATURED IN CATAMARAN ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE

Catamaran Literary Reader is a quarterly literary and visual arts magazine focusing on themes of science, nature and visual art. Rutstein’s work was featured in Volume 8, Issue 3.

JOIN MURAL ARTS PHILADELPHIA FOR “MURALIST SPOTLIGHT: REBECCA RUTSTEIN”

Every Thursday afternoon in March Mural Arts Philadelphia is highlighting one of the women artists that makes our city the largest outdoor gallery in the world. Get a deeper look at murals you walk past everyday – direct from the artist who put it there.

 

Join us on Thursday, March 11, from 12:00-12:30PM on Instagram Live to meet artist Rebecca Rutstein and learn about her mural Convergence.

For more info: muralarts.org or victoria.boyer@muralarts.org

RUTSTEIN INVITED TO SPEAK AT OCEAN MEMORY PROJECT SEMINAR SERIES

“Communities of Memory: Two Projects Explore Networks of Humans and Microbes”
Thursday, March 18, 7:30pm EST
https://oceanmemoryproject.com/

Rutstein will present her work with microbiologist Samantha Joye as they discuss their ongoing collaboration exploring extreme environments in Guaymas Basin, Mexico. Through art installations and community engagement, their collaboration sheds light on ancient microbial processes while sharing the beauty of the deep sea with the public.

Funded by a grant from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), the Ocean Memory Project is a collaborative network of researchers across the Sciences, Arts and Humanities, dedicated to exploring the intersection of Ocean and Memory, and seeking to better understand oceanic processes, networks and memories – the short-term and long-term – to better prepare for our collective future and meet the challenges of the Anthropocene.

The Ocean Memory Project is a Nexus Organization at the National Academies of Science US Launch Meeting for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science & Sustainability, Feb 3 & 4th.

RUTSTEIN INVITED TO SPEAK AT GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART

On November 2, Rutstein gave a virtual talk on her work and the making of Shimmer, a 64′ long interactive installation recently purchased as part of the permanent collection of the Georgia Museum of Art

International Exhibition in Poland

COVIMETRY
BWA Gallery
Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland

Dec 4 thru 31, 2020

Curated by Mark Starel
The Covimetry Project is a global manifestation of geometric art (constructivism, concrete art, hard edge, minimal art, op-art, non-objective art, post-conceptual and other tendencies), that is aware of its time. This exhibition was curated by Mark Starel, an artist and curator with an ongoing curatorial project called “Discursive Geometry”.

SOLO EXHIBITION OPENS AT SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY

TOPOGRAPHIES OF TIME
SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY
Kansas City, MO

Feb 5th thru March 20th, 2021

Digital Catalog available
Rutstein will present nine large-scale paintings in her second solo exhibition at Sherry Leedy Contemporary.
In her new series,Topographies of Time, Rutstein’s language of abstraction and exploration of hidden networks pivots inward, as she reflects on the impact of the global pandemic and our experience of simultaneous interconnectedness and isolation. She suggests that our shared experience of time has shifted, stretched, bent and slowed, or alternately becomes frantic in fits and starts, as normalcy has been upended by world events.
Read press release here.
Read artist statement here.
For more information, please contact sherryleedy@sherryleedy.com

Rutstein Invited to Speak at Stanford University

Rutstein is giving a talk on her work at Stanford University as part of the global speaker series, LASER Talks.

To register for the talk:
https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Plr1f6b2TNazpFuXvCu_Lw

LASER (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) is an international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for presentations and conversation. There are LASER programs at more than 30 universities and institutions worldwide including at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC, and in Europe, Asia, North and South Americas. Each talk is free of charge and open to the public, presenting up to four artists, scientists, philosophers, historians, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. 

Paradoxes and Illusions: an evening about innovative and disruptive concepts of art
Thursday, October 1, 6pm PST/9pm EST

Rebecca Rutstein (Interdisciplinary Artist)
Blanca Bercial (Artist, Curator, Critic)
Alexa Meade (Visual Artist) 

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Sponsored by School of Humanities and Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Continuing Studies, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine

For more information:
https://events.stanford.edu/events/890/89012/

SOLO EXHIBITION AT SPACE GALLERY IN DENVER

SITE UNSEEN
SPACE GALLERY
Denver, Colorado

AUG 21 – SEPT 26, 2020
Opening Reception: Fri, Aug 21, 6-9pm
RSVP: spacegallery.org

Rutstein’s first solo exhibition at Space Gallery consists of large-scale abstract paintings that reveal a fascinating world hidden from view, inspired by microbial networks and chemical processes that contribute to an an array of life thousands of meters below in the deep sea.

Site Unseen is a continuation of a project that began in 2018 through a collaboration between Rutstein and marine scientist Samantha Joye, which included a joint expedition at sea to study the origins of life at hydrothermal vents off the coast of Mexico in the Sea of Cortez. This culminated in a once in a lifetime opportunity to do a deep sea dive in the submersible Alvin to the ocean floor over a mile below, funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information contact Michael Burnett at: art@spacegallery.org

“RIDGE & VALLEY” PUBLIC ART PROJECT NEWLY INSTALLED AT BOWER SCULPTURE PARK

The Bower is nestled in the Ridge and Valley section of the Appalachian mountains. Inspiration for the sculpture came from an ecoregion map that highlights the “Pennsylvania Salient” showing the dramatic bends and folds of the Appalachian mountains as it runs through the middle of the state. Rutstein’s freestanding, plasma-cut Corten steel sculpture spans 9 x 67 feet, is 1 3/8” thick, and weighs 17 tons. The sculpture is situated in an inclined meadow surrounded by trails and wooded areas, with vantage points stretching from above and below. The expansive, cut out lines will be illuminated at night with solar powered lighting. The Bower will open to the public in Spring 2021.

For more information: https://thegardenbower.com/
Commission Inquiries: bmayer@bmayerart.com

RUTSTEIN AWARDED BIOART RESIDENCY THROUGH A GRANT FROM EDNA ADRANDE FUND / THE PHILADELPHIA FOUNDATION

The artists chosen for this residency, Talia Greene, Keith Hartwig and Rebecca Rutstein, were selected through a competitive process to work alongside scientists at the biotechnology company Integral Molecular. Working with scientists in the lab, they will each develop a creative project that will culminate in a solo exhibition of their artwork at the Science Center’s Esther Klein Gallery (EKG).

In 2017, the Science Center and Integral Molecular launched the BioArt Residency as an unparalleled artist-in-residence experience, enabling artists to immerse themselves in a laboratory environment and explore the complexities of scientific research. The artists’ creative interpretations serve to engage broader audiences and stimulate meaningful dialogue and awareness. The Edna W. Andrade Fund supports grants for local or national museums, or nonprofit art organizations that benefit visual fine artists in Greater Philadelphia.

ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

In collaboration with members of the Ocean Memory Project, this article was collectively conceived and recently published in Scientific American. Read full article here.

Co-authors: John Baross, Peter Bradley, Lisa D’Amour, Jody Deming, Mandy Joye, Daniel Kohn (Kohnworkshop LabSpace), Christine Lee, Rebecca Rutstein, Heather Spence, Monique Michelle Verdin, Timothy Weaver, Anya Yermakova.
For more information: www.oceanmemoryproject.com

RUTSTEIN AWARDED NEW PUBLIC ART PROJECT AT BOWER SCULPTURE PARK

Renderings for “Ridge & Valley”, a 9′ x 67′ plasma-cut corten steel freestanding sculpture to be installed in August 2020.

The Bower is a developing 36-acre sculpture park and native landscape of meadows and woodland trails along the northern slope of the Appalachian Mountains in Central Pennsylvania. Ten artists were selected out of a competitive “Call for Art” process procured through Bridgette Mayer Art Advisors. Works will be installed during Summer 2020, and the Bower will open to the public in Spring 2021.

Rutstein has created works spanning painting, sculpture and public art inspired by geology and the natural world for the last 20 years. The inspiration for her monumental, site-specific sculpture included in this project is the US EPA Ecoregions map of Pennsylvania. The Bower Sculpture Park resides in the “Ridge & Valley” section, a diverse region stretching northeast and southwest along almost the entire length of the Appalachian Mountains. Rutstein’s freestanding, plasma-cut Corten steel sculpture spans 9 x 67 feet, is 1 3/8” thick, and weighs in at 17 tons. The sculpture will be situated in an inclined meadow surrounded by trails and wooded areas, with vantage points stretching from above and below. The expansive, cut out lines will be illuminated at night with solar powered lighting. “Ridge & Valley” is slated for completion by August 2020.

For more information: https://thegardenbower.com/