Did you see the full moon?

Stained Glass Proxy Full Moon © Cat Rutgers 2019

Created on November 9, 2019 by Cat Rutgers © 2013-2019

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Ripple

Yes She Does © Catherine Rutgers 2019

On Saturday, June 7, 2014, sometime in the vicinity of 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I finished scouring my stove. I had used a toothbrush, a knife, a sponge, paper towels, powdered cleanser, and vigorous elbow grease. It was as clean as clean could be. Astonishingly clean. Very ready for a portrait of domestic bliss.

Image 3101 (A Very Clean Stove) © Catherine Rutgers 2019

That August, I published the soundless video Space Rangers. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/104451876. Eight minutes, forty-three seconds of very much strangeness. It’s one of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.

Four years later, the “ripple” post got started. And now it’s done.

Fifty-Four (Can We Get Started) © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Reversed Belief © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Rippled Detail © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Static Transmission © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Steamed Heat © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Another Phase © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Unknown Velocity © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Unbelievable Sky © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Terminator XTC © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Tilted Untitled (Weave This) © Catherine Rutgers 2019

“If I knew the way, I would take you home.” – Ripple, Lyrics by Robert Hunter, Music by Jerry Garcia, 1970

Images by Catherine Rutgers © 2019

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CatRutgers4Art … Welcome Home

Allways Greener (the fireflies hold on) © Catherine Rutgers 2020

“Allways Greener (the fireflies hold on)” © Catherine Rutgers 2020

Tiny dancers, star-sprung rocks, the Counter-Intuitions are living everywhere. You can find them here, and I hope you do. Wave on, Cat

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Fruits of a Recent Proposal

Fresh Start © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Savory Plush © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Indigo Bliss © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Relativity Greens © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Copper Cantata © Catherine Rutgers 2019

Five fresh pieces, submitted for “Art in the Loft,” an annual exhibit at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in conjunction with Arts Mid-Hudson. The past post was a touch gloomy. Yes, it’s time to lighten up! Forthwith, appearing above, Fresh Start, Savory Plush, Indigo Bliss, Relativity Greens, and Copper Cantata. This art is © Catherine Rutgers 2019 and transported to you on the blustery breezes of April.

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Seemingly Distracted

Soft VelRosier © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Birdland © Catherine Rutgers 2018

WarpBlur 3x © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Conversation © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Mud Eye © Catherine Rutgers 2018

The Land Rests © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Submerged © Catherine Rutgers 2018Image 2802 Zero Zero © Catherine Rutgers 2018Selected stills from “Everything Dies, Some Comes Back”
Now live, at https://vimeo.com/catrutgers/some-comes-back!
Art & motion by Catherine Rutgers 2018, Sound by Tom Burnett © March 2018

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Concepts for Main Street

Poughkeepsie Gateway Concept 01 © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Gateway Apron Detail 02 © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Poughkeepsie Gateway Concept 03 © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Gateway Apron Detail 04 © Catherine Rutgers 2018 Poughkeepsie Gateway Concept 05 © Catherine Rutgers 2018
Shown above, my ideas for the Poughkeepsie Gateway, an “art intervention” for the Route 9 underpass on Main Street, near the Hudson River. The project was sponsored by Arts Mid-Hudson, O+ and the Poughkeepsie Alliance. You can watch a video of the unveiling celebration for winning muralist Risa Tochigi (aka Boogie) here. Just by lucky happenstance, I got to meet Ms. Tochigi on a very hot summer day while she was working on the almost completed Gateway. Cheers!

Original photos © Tom Burnett, Transformations © Cat Rutgers, 2018

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Unconditional Love: Aunt Marian’s Handwork

Created and Signed by Marian Rutgers Cogsdill 1986; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018There are many types of art that often go unsung. Personal work that transcends the ordinary – through skill, discipline, devotion, and utterly generous creativity. My Aunt Marian’s ornaments, for example. Every year, Marian Ruth Rutgers Cogsdill created an artwork for every member of the family, dozens, for decades. They were each special, and all amazing.

My holiday observances are tempered by ambivalence, including that it’s a kind of weird thing to bring an entire tree into your home. So it doesn’t happen annually, but in 2016, I wanted the ritual, and especially, the scent of pine. It was an odd but beautiful tree: the top was cut off, so it was a bit short, yet round and full and lovely. I carried this heavy thing home on my shoulder, crossing Coney Island Avenue, trudging to Buckingham, up the front steps, and into my apartment.

It was delightful unpacking my carefully stored ornaments, sorting through the boxes, unraveling tissue and bubble wrap to uncover these treasures, each with a history marking loved ones and moments. Took a few days to place the lights and decorations. It looked marvelous.

As for the story behind this post’s title? I always loved to talk with Aunt Marian, and one day, telling her how wonderful it is having a niece I really enjoy knowing, she smiled and said, “Yes. Everyone needs to have an aunt who offers unconditional love.” At egotistical first take, I thought she was referring to my relationship with my sister’s daughter, the lovely Megan. Then I noticed Marian smile a second smile and realized she was saying
I love you unconditionally. How awesome is that?

Ribbon, Pearl Beads and Needlework; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Kitten with Mittens by Marian Cogsdill; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Gold-thread stars and yarn (detail); Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Jingle Bells from the Back; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Notes and Glass Beads by Marian Cogsdill 1998; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Jingle Bells Detail by Marian Cogsdill; Image © Cat Rutgers 2018

Customized Santa; Image © Catherine Rutgers 2018

Original art by Marian Cogsdill (b. 1923 – d. 2007)
Unconditional Love © Catherine Rutgers 2018

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