I am pleased to announce that the artwork pictured below will be appearing at South Texas College’s 8th Annual Human Rights Exhibition from March 18th – April 6th, 2013 in McAllen, TX. The exhibit will also travel to Gallery 409 in Brownsville, TX from April 11th – May 5th, 2013. Here is a description of the exhibition:
“The Annual Human Rights Art Exhibition serves as an educational event and addresses global and regional human rights concerns. The exhibit has been held at several locations including the University of Texas Pan American, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, Progreso Art Gallery, Mexico and the hosting college of South Texas College, McAllen, Texas. The spring exhibition coincides with the Human Trafficking Conference also held at South Texas College. This important conference sponsored each year by the STC Women’s Studies Committee is an essential part of the exhibit‘s purpose and planning whereas both venues collaborate to bring awareness to human rights issues and encourage contemplation, refection and activism. Through the exhibit’s conceptually and aesthetically unique artwork we hope to connect with viewers on an emotional and personal level. Furthermore we hope to open both internal and external dialogues and confront the many horrors and injustices still found in our modern world as well as the unique problems found in our border region of the US and Mexico.”
Overpopulation 4 • Graphite • 31″ x 56″ • 2008
I am happy to announce that I’ve won First Place in The von Liebig Art Center’s National Art Encounter 2012-13! Check out some of the jurors’ statements here. And check out some views of the exhibition and other artists whose work appears in the show here. I would like to thank the jurors Margaret A. Miller, Corrina Peipon, and Dulce Román for selecting my work for first place. I would like to send a special thanks to Curator Jack O’Brien for installing my work properly (after I sent him the wrong directions!).
I am pleased to announce that Sacred Geometry (Face 1), pictured below, has been selected for inclusion in the inaugural Armstrong National Two-Dimensional Art Exhibition in the Armstrong Fine Arts Gallery at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. Sacred Geometry (Face 1) is an oldie (dating back to 2006) but a goodie. The exhibition will be on view from January 7th – February 1st, 2013.
Things have slowed down just enough that I could sift through my pictures to post some images from the M(i)(A)cro: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition. In the next few weeks I’m going to try and get all the pictures up on this site that I can because, since the exhibition is in Massachusetts, many of you were unable to go check it out. So, I’m going to try my best to give you the best virtual experience I can. We have received an unbelievable amount of positive feedback and congratulations on the success of this exhibition. Overall it turned out much better than I expected. If you get the chance before May 20th, please go check it out — much hard work went into it and the show is definitely meant to be experienced in person.
This series of photos documents the installation of my largest wall drawing/painting to-date, titled I.C.B.M. (I’m ok, you’re so-so). The dimensions are approximately 27 feet wide by 10 feet tall. It is painted directly on the wall from a projected image of a smaller pen & ink drawing that I did (which is also part of the exhibition). It is Part 2 of a 3-part series (more on that in a later post). You will see in the images below that I had some help. Yes, for the first time I had two local artists help me install the wall drawing — it would have been impossible for me to have done it all by myself in the limited 4 days that I was in town installing the exhibition. So, thanks to Sofya Belinskaya and Raleigh Strott for their much appreciated assistance (click on their names to traverse to their respective websites).
The last image is credited to photographer Peter Vanderwarker who was generous enough to professionally document the entire exhibition. More of his photos to come in the next few posts.
The new issue (#5) of RiverLit Magazine is out and my artwork is on the back cover. Check it out here. The front cover is pictured below.
The Infinite Possibility of All Things by Elly Ruslan
Of all of the juried shows that I have had my artwork shown in these past few years, I am most excited about this show: ‘Innovations’ at the Dowd Gallery of SUNY Cortland in Cortland, NY (the show runs from January 18th – March 2nd, 2012). The work accepted in this show “represents innovations in concept, subject or media use” — which is one of my main objectives in creating any piece of art. Both of the pieces I submitted were accepted to the exhibition [pictured below] and I will be venturing up to SUNY Cortland’s Dowd Gallery to present an Artist Talk/Lecture and/or a Workshop for the students at SUNY Cortland sometime in the first week or two of February 2012. Please read the written statement that I submitted for ‘Innovations’ here.
The first work that has been accepted to ‘Innovations’ is a digital print intervention titled: Mapping the Probability of Archetypical Configurations of Elementary Particles in Thought-Space and will appear in Bowers Hall (the science building) on the campus of SUNY Cortland.
In case you are interested in some of the jargon on this poster, here are some details:
The other piece that was accepted is Transmeanderation Helix (Parts 1, 2 & 3) and will be installed in the Dowd Gallery. Here is Transmeanderation Helix as it appeared at the William King Museum in 2010: