Brian Rutenberg: Camellia

11.07.2015 - 02.01.2016

Jerald Melberg Gallery

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Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present Brian Rutenberg: Camellia, featuring eighteen abstract landscape paintings depicting the Lowcountry of South Carolina. While Rutenberg has explored this location many times before, this new body of work is notable because Rutenberg has simplified his compositions and in doing so has pushed them back toward the recognizable. This simplicity yields a clearer depiction: compositions suggest oaks clustered at the edge of a marsh, or toothpick-like pine trees pushing through thick underbrush. They are natural, unmarred places that could be sourced from anyone's memory. Most of the compositions follow a basic outline: abstract, spindly tree trunks spread over horizon lines that creep from dark to light like a sea transitioning to sky on a hazy day. Colors deepen at the left, right and bottom edges of his canvases, supporting a u-shaped source of light. Depth is created in this vanishing point with velvety, paint-blended cold wax medium which is framed by paint so thick that it physically reaches out, beckoning with dimensional texture. A South Carolina native, Rutenberg received a BFA from the College of Charleston and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Among his numerous awards and achievements, he is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and an Irish Museum of Modern Art Work Programme Recipient. Since 1985 Rutenberg has been honored with over 100 gallery and museum exhibitions across the United States. - See more at:


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July 11, 2015 to January 2, 2016


Jerald Melberg Gallery 625 South Sharon Amity Road Charlotte,NC 28211 Tel: 704-365-3000 Fax: 704-365-3016 Email: