In our series, 5 Questions, we ask our exhibiting artists 5 questions to gain insight into who they are and what informs their work. Our current exhibit features the paintings and collages of David Ruhlman
Describe your work in 15 words or less. The world rearranged, the image as puzzle,fragmented narratives, transformation, balance between the logical and the unexpected.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio and why? Glue. I paste grocery bags, book pages and and any interesting paper scrap to wooden boards. I have also been creating more assemblage, so having a good bit of glue always keeps things together.
What is your dream project? I always dream what it would be like to have an opportunity to create something like Roden Crater by James Turrell. I lived out West for quite a while, and enjoyed visiting the Spiral Jetty and much of the earth art out there.
Who is your favorite artist? That is always a difficult question, I always come back to Wallace Berman. He was a California artist working in the 50’s and 60’s. He was influential with his use of assemblage and the Verifax photocopy machine. He created an early art zine called Semina which continues to inspire me.
What are your hobbies? I love running and doing anything outside. I also love cooking. My specialty is breakfast, and make a killer cochinita pibil. I also love spending time with my wife and son.
To view more of David’s works click here. You can see recent works by David Ruhlman on display in our gallery August 28 – September 29th.
Join us for a reception for the artist on September 15th from 5:30 – 7:00 pm where David will present an informal gallery talk.