14 August 2015 // Simcha van Helden //Rotterdam


This week we’d like to introduce you to the works of Ruth Root.  Inspired on the fundamental principles of formalism you can see direct links to works of, for instance Piet Mondrian. At the same time Root’s breaking with these principles as well introducing new techniques into her artworks. Ruth Root’s new works are two-fold, encompassing both a designed and digitally printed fabric and a painted, shaped Plexiglas element. Root distills abstraction to its components, color, shape, mark, and material, treating each work as its own site of investigation. In some works, the painted elements mirror Root’s fabrics. However, these fabrics maintain their own distinct logic, allowing for a contrast between digital repetition and the handmade repetition of paint, whether it is spray, airbrush, or enamel. Utilizing the conventional materials of painting, soft fabric, hard supports, screws, and brushstrokes, Root interchanges their understood functions, creating new forms.

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