Reception for the artist Friday, March 4, 2011 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
A solo exhibition of new paintings by George Rush will be presented by David Richard Contemporary. Rush stages for the viewer a twelve-hour period from 5 am to 5 pm in a cycle of paintings showing the same view of a room with two chairs and a table set with various objects. Using a variety of sizes and focus, Rush has organized the paintings to reflect the passage of time in three ways. First, a shift in color from a soft blue grey to a deep orange signifies changing light. Second, the slight movement of furniture and objects from painting to painting bring to mind the possibility of an unseen human presence. Finally, the specific time of day each image takes place is recorded in corresponding titles. Individually, each painting represents a unique composition but collectively they provide an opportunity for the viewer to further unravel the workings of various narrative strategies and formal systems.
As in his previous work, Rush manipulates various modes of abstraction and representation to play off each other in dynamic and authentic ways. He is a master of creating an aura of withholding, presenting just enough information to create the illusion of familiarity but not sufficient detail to resolve questions or derive definite conclusions. As critic and artist Roger White has written for the exhibition’s catalogue “the artist seems to propose that the ambiguities created by the paintings (their parafictionality, interpretive openness, stylistic surfeit, and unstable sense of time and place) constitute something like the human condition, in the painter’s own corner of the world: being here, now, means never quite being sure where or when you are, or if you’re there at all. High on the list of feelings that the artist is exploring, in the most traditional way, is this slight feeling of unreality.”
George Rush received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and his MFA from Columbia University. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, Detroit, Copenhagen, Denmark and Madrid, Spain. His work has been included in over twenty-four national and international group exhibitions since 2000 and numerous publications. He has received awards from The New York Foundation for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He lives and works in Columbus, Ohio where he is a faculty member at Ohio State University.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an on-line catalog with an essay by Roger White.