Paul Rutz

With a background that includes short careers in military service and newswire reporting, I aim to paint with documentary accuracy. I also want to do my part to induce a state of unstable wonder about the unstable ways we see each other. Our hearts beat, lungs expand, and our eyes make continuous saccades, seeing not in single points of view, but in paths of attention that add memory and prediction to our sense of an unfolding now. How can painting reflect some of that? My work invites viewers to renegotiate the rules by which we make pictures of each other. No picture is an exact repetition of our encounters, but as we act on our compulsions to get close, we should also practice making pictures and hanging them in ways that question the iPhone-camera-Facebook idea that photos can remember our memorable events for us.

Statue Looking at the Rain
Oil on carved panel
8″ x 10″ x 1″

Three Napkins
Oil on carved panel
12″ x 10″ x 1″

Portrait of the Painter’s Workshop in Kitchen Utensils
Oil on carved panel
12″ x 10″ x 1″

Oil   Installation   
Community: 4
Studio Number: 63
(703) 507-0233 | pxrutz@gmail.com
Website: http://paulrutz.com
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Address: 606 NE Stanton Portland, OR, 97212, USA

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