Closing Receptions this Saturday at Ro2 Art in The Cedars

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CLOSING RECEPTION SATURDAY
Tad Greenwald & Eli Ruhala: Ephemera(lity)

Ephemera(lity)
Tad Greenwald and Eli Ruhala

CLOSING RECEPTION
September 4, 2021
12-6 PM

ON VIEW
August 7 –
September 4, 2021

Ro2 Art in The Cedars
1501  S. Ervay St.
Dallas, TX 75201

HOURS
Tuesday – Saturday
12-5 PM

Tad Greenwald and Eli Ruhala capture time through diametrically opposed visual processes, yet complement each other in terms of space. For Ruhala’s works, the substrate is formed through joint compound and pigment, with the images emerging from a reductive technique of carving into the surface. Greenwald’s water media pieces are additive, capturing landscapes marked by decaying vehicles.
 
A dialogue emerges between these two bodies of works, as if the figures in the interior scenes depicted by Ruhala may be the same ones that once drove the corroding “land yachts” parked in the realistically rendered West Texas panoramas. What both processes have in common is the impossibility of erasure, much like how actions or words cannot be unsaid, a mark cannot be unmade. This analogue to human experience in the development of images upon these substrates gives voice to memory in all its contexts, brief, calming, jarring, life defining.
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CLOSING RECEPTION SATURDAY
Paul Armstrong: Liminality

Liminality
Paul Armstrong

CLOSING RECEPTION
September 4, 2021
12-6 PM

ON VIEW
August 7 –
September 4, 2021

Ro2 Art in The Cedars
1501  S. Ervay St.
Dallas, TX 75201

HOURS
Tuesday – Saturday
12-5 PM

Liminality is an exploration of form, material, and identity through the medium of painting. Armstrong uses oil to analyze mark-making, playing with brushstrokes that describe mass, depth, or that exist purely on the surface as textural abstractions. The isolation of the pandemic paradoxically gave the artist a freedom to explore mark-making toward its own end. In this body of work, some brushstrokes are deliberate realistic renderings of figures. In others, they suggest a being, maybe not fully human. Some works are purely non-objective explorations of color, mass and movement. Each, in their own way, is a signifier of identity. Whether abstract or figurative, they describe a sense of self. Taken together as a whole, the artist questions how beliefs, qualities, and an inner-knowingness are communicated through visual constructs.
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