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Christopher B Wagner, Paul X Rutz, Amy Ruedinger & Stirling Gorsuch

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Christopher B Wagner "Blue Lean"

Christopher B Wagner “Blue Lean” carved reclaimed wood

 

 

Christopher B. Wagner creates figurative sculptures carved from reclaimed lumber. He has developed a personal style that uses lessons from folk art traditions.​ “I have long been interested in distorting the human figure. Changing proportions, stretching or squashing the form in order to evoke a base response from the viewer. The stylizations I use are intended to emphasize the spiritual or intellectual longings of humans. This can be seen in the elongation of limbs or the extending of necks meant to show a yearning to extend beyond ourselves.” Many of these gestures are borrowed from wide ranging religious traditions. Even the basic solitary presentation of each figure is more reminiscent of an icon than portraiture. “My sculptures begin with points of inspiration. These can drawn from my own imagination or specific references I encounter in the everyday world. Many of the carvings for this body of work were inspired by the distorting of a human figure’s shadow as the sun moves across the sky. I’ve taken pictures of these shadows and used them as the silhouettes of my solid wood carvings.”

 

 

 

 

Paul X Rutz "Portrait of Painters Workshop: Kitchen Utensils"

Paul X Rutz “Portrait of Painters Workshop: Kitchen Utensils” oil

Paul X. Rutz is a painter with a twist. He also carves the panels he paints on. “No matter what we do, we do it moving. Lately I’ve been borrowing sculpting moves from my collaborator, Christopher Wagner, carving into wood panel to distort the traditional rectangle that paintings usually occupy. By puncturing that rectangle, rounding its edges and adding to it here and there, I’m making something viewers can literally move around and animate with their own bodies, watching how the shadows shift on the wall in parallax behind the paint. Painting the warp in a glass or the way a t-shirt letter follows the folds is a kind of meditation on the warped, refracted funhouse world all around us.” Paul considers these paintings as carefully designed notes on what deserves extra attention. They help him see the found poetry when our scarfs or t-shirts hit the floor, the potential energy in clean kitchen utensils as we start a meal, or the story suggested by a napkin stuffed in a recently emptied wine glass. I love a good detail—even better, one that’s a little bent.”  

 

 

 

 

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Amy Ruedinger "Two Rivets" raised copper

Amy Ruedinger “Two Rivets” raised copper

 

Amy Ruedinger creates intriguing raised copper vessels and forms from a flat sheet of copper. “Hammering copper on steel with steel, I change a hard flat material into an inviting, touchable three-dimensional form. I try to pull out the ‘personality’ of the piece as it slowly develops. Top/bottom, visible/invisible, inner/outer are dualisms that appear in my work. A few of my pieces are made from old copper etching plates. The image mostly gets hammered away but it adds an invisible history, surface texture, and former idea within the piece. Lately, I’m pulling out 3-Dimensional dots from the sides of my bowls-influenced by a polka dot begonia!”

 


 

 

Stirling Gorsuch "End of Summer"

Stirling Gorsuch “End of Summer” relief & monoprin

 

Stirling Gorsuch is a printmaker working in a variety of techinques, noticably, relief printing and monotype. His recent work documents the changing landscape in areas which have been affected by recent wildfires. He often goes hiking in the Cascades and the Gorge, bewildered by how fire has reclaimed these areas in dramatic new ways. For Stirling, these altered landscapes serve as poetic symbols of transformation, and the enduring quality found in the natural world. The inherently slow process of relief printing and monotype forces him to be methodical as he builds up each printed layer. Many of these prints are made over weeks, sometimes months at a time, making his process somewhat self-reflective. “Like reading a journal from the past, my work is a record of my present-day focus and admiration of the world I occupy.”