We are pleased to announce Two Drawings, an exhibition of new work by Kay Ruane. This is Ruane's first exhibition in Boston since her move to California.
Kay Ruane's drawings are distinguished by their painstaking and remarkable attention to detail. Ruane's understanding of graphite and her ability to render depth and texture on the two-dimensional plane is evident in these two pieces. This is Ruane's first time undertaking drawings of this scale, and their skillful execution is a testament to her mastery of medium. Her hand charts a slow journey across the page, taken over and over as she describes a scene in layers of graphite applied like glaze. Each pass sharpens the image as she lays out every crack and bristle in the tree bark, the frothy accumulation where saltwater crashes into the shore. In just two drawings, she addresses the most essential elements--earth and sea--with utmost scrutiny.
Ruane's drawings examine two opposing aspects of nature. Forest is based on a corner of the Black Hills in South Dakota at sunset, still and silent, dense with possibility. Shadows creep slowly through the drawing, just as night overtakes the trees at twilight. Meanwhile, Wave captures a transitory moment of noise and tumultuous action. Through adjacent sharp lines and blurred edges, Ruane highlights the tension between the artists' impulse to outline clear images, and the human eye's inability to keep up with the swift sea.
Ruane's practice acts as a suspension of time as she gets lost in a singular moment. These two drawings represent a perfect collection of minutiae that will never exist in the same configuration again, but remains caught precisely within the bounds of her work.
Kay Ruane is a Los Angeles-based artist who received her BFA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and continued her studies at Indiana State University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited widely in galleries and museums nationally with a focus in the northeast, most recently the Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art in Auburn, AL, and The Baker Museum in Naples, FL. Her work is included in both private and public collections, and has been featured in several publications, including FLAUNT Magazine and ZYZZYVA: West Coast Writers & Artists Journal.