Rebecca Rutstein: Topographies of Time

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REBECCA RUTSTEIN: Topographies of Time

SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART


SHERRY LEEDY CONTEMPORARY ART 2004 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO 64108 816.221.2626 sherryleedy.com Cover image: Topographies of Time IV Design by: Allison King


REBECCA RUTSTEIN: Topographies of Time February 5 - March 20, 2021


“As a multidisciplinary artist who often collaborates with scientists, travels on expeditions at sea to create works that shed light on the natural world, works with data, and tries to connect the viewer with places and processes hidden from view, this body of work is an inward pivot – each painting, a personal meditation. I hope to capture these distortions of time, flurry of emotions, fluctuations as I drag the paintbrush to the beat of my own breath. Time is passing, a time less linear and more dimensional.” –Rebecca Rutstein, 2021


Rebecca Rutstein Topographies of Time

Philadelphia based artist, Rebecca Rutstein, explores abstraction inspired by her interest in geology, microbiology, marine science and the undercurrents that continually shape the physical world. Her paintings incorporate structural networks that articulate patterns found in nature, data, maps, micro and macro, handmade and mechanized, linear and solid. These visual experiences shed light on places and processes normally hidden from view and engage the viewer with a heightened connection to these enigmatic worlds. Through ongoing collaborations with scientists, much of her recent work has focused on mapping data of the deep sea seeking to illuminate a hidden world. In her new series of work, Topographies of Time, Rutstein’s language of abstraction and exploration of hidden networks pivots inward, as she reflects on the impact of recent events on our experience of global interconnectedness. She suggests that our shared experience of time has shifted, stretched, bent and slowed, or alternately become frantic in fits and starts, as normalcy has been superseded by world events. Many of Rutstein’s paintings incorporate cellular networks of forms, lines or bands of colors that reveal an experience of time that is changing, elongating and warping as routines shift and days blur their boundaries. The series is a record of altering emotional states during the global pandemic: feelings of containment, anxiety, gratitude and new possibilities. With over 25 solo exhibitions, Rebecca Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums, institutions and galleries throughout the United States and is the recipient of numerous awards. Her work is in the public collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Temple University, Johns Hopkins Hospital & Albert Einstein College of Medicine, among others. Public commissions include Convergence, AT&T/Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA, 2019 and Sculptural Commission, Yale University, Yale Science Building, New Haven, CT, 2019 and numerous others. Rebecca Rutstein holds a BFA from Cornell University (with study abroad in Rome) and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at museums and universities across the US and enjoys speaking about the intersection of art and science.

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Jagged Truths II 2020 Acrylic on canvas 48” x 48”


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Topographies of Time IV 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Topographies of Time VI 2020 Acrylic on canvas 48” x 48”


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Topographies of Time VII 2021 Acrylic on canvas 48” x 48”


Jagged Truths IV 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Topographies of Time I 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Topographies of Time III 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Topographies of Time II 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Topographies of Time V 2020 Acrylic on canvas 60” x 60”


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Shift #34 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18”


Shift #36 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18” 21.


Shift #35 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18”


Shift #33 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18” 23.


Shift #37 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18”


Shift #32 2020 Acrylic on canvas 18” x 18” 25.



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REBECCA RUTSTEIN 2021 RESUME EDUCATION MFA University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1997 BFA Painting (Magna Cum Laude) Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1993 Cornell in Rome, Abroad Studies Program, Rome, Italy 1992 AWARDS National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean Memory Project Seed Grant, 2020-21 Edna Andrade Fund/Philadelphia Foundation Grant Recipient for BioArt Residency with Science Center, 2020-21 City of Philadelphia Resolution “Honoring Rebecca Rutstein for her Dedicated Service through Art”, Oct 2019 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, University of Georgia, 2018-19 University of Pennsylvania, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities Seed Grant, 2019 MIT Ocean Discovery Fellow, MIT Media Labs, Ocean Exploration Forum 2018 National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative - Ocean Memory Workshops, Invited Collaborator, 2017-20 California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Exhibition Prize, 2017 PUBLIC ART PROJECTS & COMMISSIONS Ridge & Valley, Bower Sculpture Park, Shermans Dale, PA, 2020 Interstices, Bower Sculpture Park, Shermans Dale, PA 2020 Convergence, AT&T / Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA 2019 Sculptural Commission, Yale University, Yale Science Building, New Haven, CT 2019 Synthesis, Cynwyd Elementary School, Bala Cynwyd, PA 2019 Shimmer, Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 2018 SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS Solo Exhibition, Esther Klein Gallery, Science Center, Philadelphia, PA Aug – Sept 2021 (upcoming) Topographies of Time, Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO Feb – Mar 2021 Site Unseen, Space Gallery, Denver, CO Aug – Sept 2020 Shift, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, (virtual) June 2020 Out of the Darkness, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA Nov 2018 – Oct 2019 Artist at Sea, University of Rhode Island, Ocean Science & Exploration Ctr, Narragansett, RI April – May 2019 Hidden from View, Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO June-Aug 2018 Convergence, John Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY Aug-Sept 2017 32 Degrees Latitude, California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks, Thousand Oaks, CA June-Aug 2017 Fault Lines, Zane Bennett Contemporary / Form & Concept, Santa Fe, NM June-Aug 2017 Hidden Landscapes, Video Exhibition, Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA June-Sept 2016 Afterglow, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA April-May 2015 Breaking Boundaries, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA 2004 SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS The Shaping of America, The Painting Center, New York, NY, June 2021 The Anniversary Show, Sherry Leedy Contemporary, Kansas City, MO, Nov 2020 – Jan 2021 Covimetry, XS Gallery, University of Kielce, Poland, Oct 2020 Covimetry, XX1 Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, Sept 2020 Journeys through Water, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, April – Oct 2020 (postponed due to Covid-19) Artist at Sea, Schmidt Ocean Institute, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, Feb 2020 The Shaping of America, AnnMarie Sculpture Garden, Solomons, Maryland, Sept – Oct 2019 Depth, Michigan Science Center & Science Gallery Detroit, Detroit, MI, June-Aug 2019 Waterworks, Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts & Science, Loveladies, NJ July – Aug 2019 Aqua Miami Art Fair, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Miami, FL, Dec 2018 Benefit Exhibition for the Rail Park, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, Sep – Oct 2018 Annual Exhibition, form & concept, Santa Fe, NM, July – Sept 2018 Ties that Bind, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, June – July 2018 Kaleidoscope: Harbor, Bay, Ocean; A Voice for Conservancy, Bristol Art Museum (RI), April – June 2018


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS Philadelphia Museum of Art Georgia Museum of Art Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum Yale University University of New Mexico University of Washington Temple University Bower Sculpture Park Johns Hopkins Hospital Albert Einstein College of Medicine Fox Chase Cancer Center AT&T Delta Airlines PriceWaterhouseCoopers Hines / One Shell Plaza Nordstrom Deloitte Glenmede Trust Biogen Idec Ocean Exploration Trust Schmidt Ocean Institute Philadelphia Phillies (Marlon Byrd) Wirb-Copernicus Group Tierney Communications Temple University, The Fox School of Business Temple University, Pearson McGonigle Hall Historic Landmarks for Living Trebuchet Consulting 335 Bala Apartments Lower Merion School District Narberth Dentistry Laudenbach Periodontics The Boston Consulting Group Community Foundation of Louisville Philadelphia Construction & Management Primavera Systems Packard Press VISITING ARTIST / LECTURES / INTERVIEWS Stanford University, Laser Talk Series, Stanford, CA, Oct 2020 Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, April 2020 University of Washington, Seattle, WA, April 2020 (postponed due to Covid-19) Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, April 2020 (postponed due to Covid-19) Bala Cynwyd Middle School, Bala Cynwyd, PA Feb 2020 Girl Scouts of America, Women in S.T.E.A.M., Nov 2019 GREATPHL 2019 Live interview and Podcast, Philadelphia, Oct 2019 St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA Sept 2019 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, Sept 2019 University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI, April 2019 Institute of Contemporary Art (studio tour), Philadelphia, PA, April 2019 “Technycal – Women in Technology” Podcast with Christiane Paul, Whitney Museum Curator of Digital Art, 2019 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding, University of Georgia, 2018-19 Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI, June 2018

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