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Jerald Melberg Gallery
625 S Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte, North Carolina 28211
Opening Reception Friday, May 18, 6-8 p.m.
Artist Lecture: Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.
Jerald Melberg Gallery is pleased to present Thunderhead, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brian Rutenberg. With these new oil paintings on linen and paper, the artist returns once again to his meditations on the landscapes of the South Carolina Low Country. This is Rutenberg’s seventh exhibition with the gallery and will remain on view through July 21.
Brian Rutenberg wrote the following statement about this new body of work:
I do one thing. Every painting I make begins and ends with the same image, a tree trunk and its shadow; that physical marking of location. A tree and its shadow say, “This is here”. By paying att...ention and drawing them in great detail with pencil on paper, I respond, “I am here.” I’ve never needed a position because I have a place. I don’t paint my native South Carolina, I manufacture a place and South Carolina becomes it.
This new body of work is collectively titled Thunderhead because a thunderhead in the sky portends a storm; something far away will soon be close. This is why all of my landscape paintings refer to standing in one season peering ahead into another, longing for October in May. I always go back to the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh, who said that his favorite thing isn’t getting honey, but that moment when he might get honey. Perhaps this is the source of all art: unfulfilled longing. It has taken me 42 years of painting to see what was there all along, that something can only come to life when we can’t have it.
Brian Rutenberg, New York City, 2018