October 3, 2008 – November 1, 2008
Gina Ruggeri’s large-scale paintings and drawings depict otherworldly masses of leaves, clouds, and roots hanging weightlessly in space, creating an imaginary landscape full of vivid colors and textures.
Ruggeri’s paintings and drawings are gorgeously surreal, depicting otherworldly masses of organic material that appear to hang weightlessly in space on the gallery walls. Her convoluted mounds of turf, twisting roots, and rolling masses of clouds call to mind a technologically-enhanced natural environment, existing, in Ruggeri’s words, “between a real and imagined world.”
Painted with oil on Mylar or drawn with charcoal on paper, Ruggeri’s large-scale works are cut out and adhered to the wall, creating an imaginary landscape full of vivid colors and texture. The flatness of her work contradicts the often bulky, geologic shapes of her subject matter. The amorphous images hover, dreamlike, in the white space surrounding them, like isolated specimens in a scientific laboratory.
Gina Ruggeri has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2008 and from The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2007. She earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the Yale School of Art. Ruggeri has had solo and group exhibitions across the country and in Japan.