CHAD RUTTER:
DEBRIS FIELD

3RD FLOOR EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBITION SERIES

December 10, 2015 – February 7, 2016

Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 10  l  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Artist talk with Chad Rutter and Susannah Magers at 7 pm

Exploring both an individual and cultural fascination with natural disasters, artist Chad Rutter sources images of floods, landslides, and other natural phenomena online. Digitally altering and removing some of the visual content, Rutter creates hand-drawn landscapes by projecting these digitally-processed images onto paper. Addressing how the media’s propagation of repetitive, sensationalist streams of photos and coverage enables rapid, detached consumption, Rutter’s drawings intentionally obscure this familiar visual information—deliberate exercises in slowing down the experience of viewing these images.

Narrowing the focus specifically to the aftermath of tornados, Debris Field presents new large-scale graphite and soil drawings, as well as a site-specific sediment wash, using Minnesota soil, applied directly to the wall. With this work, Rutter continues to investigate how we understand natural disasters in the information age, and asks us to reconsider our relationship to the natural world.

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ABOUT 3RD FLOOR EMERGING ARTIST EXHIBITION SERIES
In 2004, Rochester Art Center initiated the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series—an exhibition program dedicated to promising artists working in the state of Minnesota. Since its inception, the series has reflected shifting trends in contemporary artistic practice and production and has helped to facilitate the creation of new bodies of work in a variety of media including photography, installation, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and film.

Now in our eleventh year, the 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series continues to support emerging artists and to provide a dedicated forum for the exhibition of new work.

To learn more, visit www.rochesterartcenter.org/about/opportunities/artist-opportunities/


The 3rd Floor Emerging Artist Series is made possible by funding from the Jerome Foundation.

Chad Rutter: Debris Field is organized by RAC and curated by Susannah Magers, Curator, Art & Public Engagement.