Art inspired by a multi-disciplinary research cruise aboard the University of Washington’s R/V Rachel Carson
Nov 17, 2021 thru June 15, 2022
After an 18-month postponement due to COVID-19, Rutstein will travel to the University of Washington as a visiting artist and have an exhibition of paintings created through her collaboration on board the R/V Rachel Carson in the Salish Sea (October 2019) with marine microbiologist Jody Deming (Karl M. Banse Professor, UW Oceanography) and the Ocean Memory Project.
Interdepartmental Artist Lecture followed by Reception: Wed Nov 17, 3:30 – 6pm
Trust and Counted, each 60×60″, acrylic and flashe on canvas, 2021, were part of Rutstein’s exhibition Socius at the Esther Klein Gallery in Philadelphia and are now in the permanent collection of the University City Science Center.
“Artist Rebecca Rutstein is well-known for her large scale public mural Convergence prominently featured on the AT&T building along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. For her most recent work, Rutstein is taking a “smaller” approach. Her exhibition, titled Socius at the Science Center presents the culmination of Rutstein’s three month BioArt Residency at the biotechnology company Integral Molecular in early 2021.
Rebecca Rutstein joins Smart Talk to discuss how her work intersects science and technology.”
“Three time guest Rebecca Rutstein shares the arc of her career that includes gigantic wall murals in Philadelphia, deep dives in Alvin submarines on oceanographic explorations and massive steel wall sculptures in public collections. Of particular note is Rebecca’s show at the Philadelphia Science Center in a collaboration with Pennsylvania Philharmonic to “sonify” COVID-19 data for a new installation. Rebecca is always on the move and one of the most dynamic artists in Philadelphia.”
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.”
“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.”
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
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.
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.
“Communities of Memory: Two Projects Explore Networks of Humans and Microbes”
Thursday, March 18, 7:30pm EST
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.
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
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”.
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.