George Rush: Walls, Windows, Rooms, People
DateDec. 9, 2016–Jan. 29, 2017
VenueWeston Art Gallery
Dee and Tom Stegman
CINCINNATI, Ohio—On Friday, December 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Cincinnati Arts Association’s Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts will open two new exhibitions that examine suburban culture and domesticity: Soft Regards, a multimedia installation by Elena Harvey Collins (Santa Cruz, CA) and Liz Roberts (Columbus, OH), responds to the prevailing self-help culture; and Walls, Windows, Rooms, People, a contemplative painting installation by George Rush (Columbus, OH), explores the dynamics of interior space. (See separate press release for the concurrent Soft Regards exhibition.)
George Rush’s work explores multiple relationships: between painting and the exhibition space; the historical discourse addressing reciprocities between, painting, window, and wall; and relationships that are built between multiple paintings in a single space. In a new site-specific installation presented in the Weston’s east gallery, Rush continues his exploration of the interior in Walls, Windows, Rooms, People. Depicting a space reminiscent of twentieth-century Modernist domestic architecture, in both his paintings as well as the painted transformation of the gallery space, Rush investigates the psychological and formal impact of Modernism and how its legacies inform both the way we live and how paintings are made and seen. Rush uses his own family, for the first time, as a subject in this exhibition.
George Rush lives and works in Columbus, OH, where he serves as an assistant professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art at Ohio State University. He earned a bachelor of fine arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD) in 1992 and a master of fine arts from Columbia University (New York, NY) in 1998. He was a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in painting in 2004 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2010. He has participated in exhibitions at Galeria Javier Lopez (Madrid, Spain); Galeria Mikael Anderson (Copenhagen, Denmark); Kevin Bruk Gallery (Miami, FL); David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, NM); Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus, OH); and the Galveston Artist Residency Gallery (Galveston, TX).
Rush, George - Certain Facts Refuse Escape, 72 x 50 in. (l), Window and Wall, 50 x 56 in. (r), both 2016
Rush, George - The Middle Period, 72x100 in., Windows (Pink-Green), 50x68 in., Khara, 68x34 in. (l-r)