New Artwork: Rebecca Rutstein

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Sep 27, 2017 7:59PM

This summer, Rebecca Rutstein mounted a solo exhibition at form & concept called Fault Lines. The smallest paintings in the show measured 36 x 36 inches, and the largest canvas was 7.5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. In a series of paintings and prints that just arrived at the gallery, the Philadelphia artist works in a more intimate scale. Many of the pieces are no taller than 10 inches. However, her subject matter—and vivid color palette—remains as vast as an ocean or mountain range.

Rebecca Rutstein
Lazaro Cardena Canyon, 2015
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In Rutstein’s case, we mean this quite literally. A series of long, narrow images reflects the undulating topography of the Pacific Ocean floor, drawn from her recent residencies at sea. Other works evoke rivers, volcanoes or continents, markers of the artist’s far-flung travels that have inspired her to envision geologic forms and phenomena as a highly personal symbol system. The work’s titles hint at events in her personal life that metaphorically align with the natural forces she studies. “The stories I tell about geology are always interwoven with my own personal psychology,” she tells us. “I’m [also] exploring formal abstract ideas.” Scroll down to browse Rutstein’s work, and check out our studio visit blog post for a video, interview and more. Browse more of Rutstein's work on the form & concept Artsy.

Rebecca Rutstein
I Don't Want to Lose You, 2010
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Rebecca Rutstein
Awful Bliss, 2017
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Rebecca Rutstein
In the Absence of Fear, 2010
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Rebecca Rutstein
Breathing Under Water
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Rebecca Rutstein
Eclipse
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Rebecca Rutstein
Nicoles Caldera, 2015
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Rebecca Rutstein
Bold as Love, 2015
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Rebecca Rutstein
Galapagos Seeamounts 3, 2015
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Rebecca Rutstein
Blown away, 2015
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