My work addresses the problem of building with paintings. With modular construction as a central theme, I use panels and pigment as prefab systems to create new spatial relationships within existing architectures.
By using media that are more typical of industrial applications, such as automotive paint, furniture lacquer, epoxies, and cast plastics, the work suggests my own self-identification as a working class woman who happens to deal in the world of ideas. Some of these ideas are:
1. Repetitive work like drilling, pouring, sanding, and measuring is the labor of industry and art-making is an industrious job.
2. It is possible that repetitive honing by hand may imbue a work with more humanity than a large painterly gesture.
3. You can build something big from small parts (or cover large distances by taking small steps).
4. Color is delightful and beautiful.
5. Connecting walls with zip ties and hobby brackets is not stable… but not unstable either, because in a gallery the work has its own force field.
6. I am committed to the idea of mutual generosity between the artist and viewer.
7. Just as language inelegantly morphs and adapts when necessary, so does art, and my work is happily and awkwardly adrift.
Artist Bio / CV
Judy Rushin is an artist/educator who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her most recent exhibitions include Flashpoint Gallery, Washington DC; Terrain Projects, Chicago; Threewalls Project Space, Chicago; The Orlando Museum of Art; Alexander Brest Museum, Jacksonville, FL; Soho20 Gallery, NYC; Kiang Projects, Atlanta; Co-Lab Projects, Austin; and N-Space, Austin. She has been featured three times in New American Paintings and featured in New American Paintings blog, Modern Art Notes, and Burnaway Magazine. Rushin is currently collaborating with Small Craft Advisory Press (Tallahassee, FL) to produce an artist book edition titled, Vvvvv.