Serious Playground: A Time-Release Capsule of Art in the Studio

On the Wall © Catherine Rutgers 2013 Actually, this is a capsule released from time, a chronicle of my own invention, tapping into the ridiculously potent tools of digital media. The photographs span roughly five years, showing artwork that meanders through decades. With one exception, they were taken in my studio. How startling to see the changes I’ve made in the physical space! Certain constants do remain. Not least among them is the beautiful power felt in holding a hammer or pen.

But time is no object in the digital playground, now is transitional, and here exists when the viewer conjures her or his own concept, based on this carefully curated presentation and the infinite variety of personal perceptions, history, and imagination. As an artist, I have freedom to include, omit, or transform. For the sequence you’ll see here, I also wanted to balance the leeway with respect, reflecting reality from a new perspective but not obliterating it. Kind’a like a seesaw, isn’t it?

Though the space-time continuum can be much on my mind, this doesn’t mean that it’s heavy. Tout au contraire, such explorations lighten my thoughts and my heart. There’s a postcard from 1988 in one image, a valentine with the message “hold on to your dreams.” It’s good to remember what these dreams are. But the old watchword seems cramped and could use a fresh take. Let’s try this one. Build wings for your dreams and let them fly.

Bridge Over Modes © Catherine Rutgers 2013Marking the Spot © Catherine Rutgers 2013Tools of the Trade © Catherine Rutgers 2013Picture This © Catherine Rutgers 2013The Pen in Repose © Catherine Rutgers 2013Circle Power © Catherine Rutgers 2013Ashes to Ashes © Catherine Rutgers 2013House of Crazy Love © Catherine Rutgers 2013Dreamland Coming On © Catherine Rutgers 2013Crystalline Construction © Catherine Rutgers 2013Heart and Soul © Catherine Rutgers 2013Screening the Blink © Catherine Rutgers 2013
Images and text © Catherine Rutgers 2013

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4 Responses to Serious Playground: A Time-Release Capsule of Art in the Studio

  1. I’m so impressed with your website, blog and digital images. And I love seeing pictures of your work space, which I know first hand is super cool!

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