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 Ruth Root  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois      Known for: abstract painting, collage, aluminum panels

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Biography from Heritage Auctions:
Chicago-born New York artist, Ruth Root, works in several genres: painting on the traditional canvas supports, paper collages, and painting with enamel on thin aluminum panels.

One of the unexpected properties of Root's work is her penchant for deviating from the rectilinear shape of the support. She allows the perimeters of her works to be curvy and rounded, which forms a visually exciting contrast to the shifting planes of more angular color they usually inscribe. 

Of the works by Root in the Pillsbury collection, the enamel on aluminum is the most recent. When shown at her third solo show at the Andrew Kreps Gallery in the Spring of 2003, such works engaged the architecture of the gallery itself. As she revealed at the time of her show, the brightly colored forms push against each other to "create imagery suggestive of floor plans or walking maps of city neighborhoods; the artist likens it to 'walking from the East Village to Chelsea to Chinatown.'"

These paintings mirror the density and surprise of urban living. 

As one writer noted: "Root plays with traditional figure-ground relationships, creating paintings that contain no negative space, and draw on references from Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Tuttle to 19th Century silhouette cut outs. Like her previous paintings these new works do not contain negative space or foreground/background relationships.

Unlike her previous paintings that included eyes that look back at the viewer, or abstractions smoking cigarettes, in this show, such anthropomorphic details have been left aside. Instead the internal workings of each painting, and its relationship to its environment, take precedence."


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