A (My) Midnight Sun
May 28 - July 2, 2009
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 28, 6 - 8 p.m.
Mixed Greens is thrilled to present A(MY) MIDNIGHT SUN, A.A. Rucci’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. This show is a departure from the figurative mini-epics that have dominated Rucci’s oeuvre and exhibitions for the past ten years. In this new body of work, Rucci engages abstraction and offers us unadulterated access into his private celebration of life.
Rucci’s use of pattern is inspired by the shifting perspectives of late Medieval and early Renaissance art, and, more importantly, is directly rooted in his embrace of the urban landscape of New York, the grandeur of the Austrian countryside and his absolute delight in meeting and marrying his wife, Amy, last year. He openly states that this show is a love letter to her.
With that in mind, Rucci’s move away from illustrative and nostalgic figures to emotionally charged patterns and colors is an overt expression of the immediacy and beauty of life. Standing among the dimensional paintings, with their tailored spaces and rhythmic colors, the viewer finds him/herself physically and emotionally situated. And the single perspective multiplies. A gentle melancholy grounds the paintings in reality, while the more playful and romantic passages highlight an exuberant
sincerity and optimism.
A catalog including essays by David Cohen and Alison Hearst, as well as interviews with Odili Donald Odita and Jade Dellinger, will accompany the exhibition.
A.A. Rucci was born in Oberammergau, Germany. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include Mixed Greens, New York (2005, 2007); Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston (2006); Ambrosino Gallery, Miami (2003, 2004, 2007); and AR Contemporary, Milan, Italy (2005, 2007). Recent group venues include Gescheidle Gallery, Chicago; Florida Atlantic University Ritter Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; and White Box in New York City.
About Mixed Greens
Mixed Greens was founded as a place to give emerging artists a wider audience. Through its website, printed catalog, gallery exhibitions and traveling shows, Mixed Greens has exposed a larger community to the engaging and thought-provoking work of dozens of artists. Currently, the gallery represents twenty-two artists, who are now at varying stages in their careers. The mission is to show work that is not only of contemporary interest, but will be of lasting art historical significance.
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