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Trace the Sky © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Tiny dancers, star-sprung rivulets, freshly opened vistas. The Counter-Intuitions live everywhere. We can find them here. And I hope you will. Wave on, Cat

“Trace the Sky” © Catherine Rutgers, December 16, 2020

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Radiant Twigs v2 (histories of ages past)

01 Former Lifetimes, 02 That’s Amazing, 03 Understated Intentions, 04 Step Here (But Not This Way), 05 The Blue Truck, 06 Travel Lightly, 07 Fleeting Impression, 08 Complicated Portal, 09 Perfect Drift © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Former Lifetimes © Catherine Rutgers 2021
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“Making the Everyday Otherworldly” (recollections from an exhibition)

01 Spirited Repose, 02 Strong Lace, 03 Growing, 04 Saturated Bliss, 05 Colorfield Green, 06 Still from 2005 video interview by Thomas G. Henry, 07 Altered Detail Magic Ride © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Spirited Repose © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Excerpts from the Interview by Cara Patterson for Pulse Magazine, Visual Art 10.13.05 (Catherine Rutgers, Prints at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, New York, October 13–November 19, 2005)

Strong Lace © Catherine Rutgers 2021Ever since the exhibit BitStreams hit the Whitney Museum in 2001, digital art seems to have gained mainstream acceptance. In a review of that event, Mark Stevens, art critic for New York magazine, wrote, “Given the limitless opportunities for unexpected and fantastic combinations, many digital artists have a strong surrealist bent.” That certainly could apply to Catherine Rutgers, whose pieces, though grounded in their use of everyday objects, take on an otherworldly character once they’ve been scanned into the computer.

For many digital artists, a piece begins on the computer screen. This is not the case for Rutgers, whose original source is often a collage of paint and natural objects on canvas, which she then digitizes with image capture, or high-resolution scan. Both Saturated Bliss and Growing began with a 15 by 15-inch, mixed-media canvas featuring spray paint and ailanthus leaves, two significant motifs for the artist.

Growing (The Source of Many Others) © Catherine Rutgers 2021

The leaves and spray paint illustrate the influence of her urban environment. Rutgers was living in the South Bronx in the 1980s, a decade in which graffiti art began to flourish and gain respect in the arts community. Appreciation for this led her to experiment with spray paint, which now fills the shelves of her studio in dozens of shades.

Saturated Bliss © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Spirited Repose highlights the dreamlike, meditative quality of her work. The source material included silkscreen, spray paint, and glue, which provided pattern and texture as it dried over the years. Rutgers says the interpretation is open to the viewer. Indeed, it’s evocative enough to encourage viewers to see many different images within it. After working in the publishing industry for [19] years, her responsibilities gradually merged to include both the editorial and the artistic side. She fell in love with creating digital images and says it makes her feel “enchanted.” Given the colorful, otherworldly nature of her prints, it’s a feeling she’s likely to communicate to her viewers. §

Colorfield Green © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Vlog Interview by Thomas G. Henry, 2005

There is also a video! By Thomas G. Henry for Hudson Valley Vlog. I say such things as “It comes around like infinity. You start with this little slice of lemon, changing to blue, fooling with the colors, and opening it up. And then, all of a sudden, you have a vast sky. I love that. That’s very exciting to me.”

The fully illustrated price list was created by yours truly and offered some advice that still holds: This work is designed to provide many years of refreshing discovery. The materials and techniques have been chosen and applied with care. For the greatest longevity, place prints away from direct sun and fluorescent light. Cheers always! Cat

Magic Ride Altered Detail © Catherine Rutgers 2021

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Calendar Girl 2020 (art for every month)

The sayings it came with were bland, at best, and they appeared at the bottom of every page. But the pictures were OK and the days came with interesting holidays and the new-to-full moon phases. So my solution was to create twelve tiny masterpieces. Even when I did them, I knew they would need to be scanned. Here we go! Love every day, from Cat

January Full of Grace © Catherine Rutgers 2021

February Orbits © Catherine Rutgers 2021

March Carries On © Catherine Rutgers 2021

 April Pops © Catherine Rutgers 2021

May Was Surprisingly Sedate © Catherine Rutgers 2021

June’s Ethereal Map © Catherine Rutgers 2021

July Gets an Interlude © Catherine Rutgers 2021

July In Full © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Simply August © Catherine Rutgers 2021

September Freshens the Air © Catherine Rutgers 2021

October Unfurls Her Wings © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Alluring November © Catherine Rutgers 2021

December Solidity © Catherine Rutgers 2021

01 January Full of Grace, 02 February Orbits, 03 March Carries On, 04 April Pops, 05 May Was Surprisingly Sedate, 06 June’s Ethereal Map, 07 July Gets an Interlude, 08 July In Full, 09 Simply August, 10 September Freshens the Air, 11 October Unfurls Her Wings, 12 Alluring November, 13 December Solidity © Catherine Rutgers 2021

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Edges (on second thought)

01 Glistening Fold, 02 Broken English, 03 Earthbound Facsimile, 04 Fruiting Stalk, 05 Spring On the Wing, 06 Unstretched Yes, 07 Touch Me, 08 The Green Edge Turns Pink, 09 Indefatigable, 10 Dish Freaks © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Glistening Fold © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Broken English © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Earthbound Facsimile © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Fruiting Stalk © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Spring On the Wing © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Unstretched Yes © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Touch Me © Catherine Rutgers 2021

The Green Edge Turns Pink © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Indefatigable © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Dish Freaks © Catherine Rutgers 2021

Simple, familiar things. Astonishing outcomes. An old newspaper clipping with torn edges. My everyday dishes drying on the kitchen sink. Grass in the lawn on a sunny day.
Space Monkey once said, “Nothing can surprise me.” But everything does. Love, Cat

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The Remarkable Lushness of Printed Ink on Paper (eight of the 9 x 24s)

Here’s my official description for these, circa 2009: Deep color and lush texture create a distinctly visual experience, intensified by a modular concept that lends itself to both structure and flexibility. 9 x 24 inch images on Hahnemühle photo rag bright white paper. Printing by Laumont, New York. A visually distinct experience? Perhaps. A distinctive visual experience? Oh, let that be. What interests me now is that the onscreen versions look good, but they don’t have nearly as much impact as they do in print. Also, I’m delighted that the prints remain vibrant twelve years on. Love, CatAngel © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Field Color Wave © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Candles Over the Hearth © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Mountain Spring © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Imagine Friendly Ghosts © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Jewel One Two © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Simultaneously Indoors and Outdoors © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Icon Oh Two-Hue © Catherine Rutgers 202001 Angel, 02 Field Color Wave, 03 Candles Over the Hearth, 04 Mountain Spring,
05 Imagine Friendly Ghosts, 06 Jewel One Two, 07 Simultaneously Indoors and Outdoors, 08 Icon Oh Two-Hue 160 © Catherine Rutgers 2021

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