Riding the Culver Line Dream

This is the core lineup of proposed art for the subway, with a few deviations. Would love to see them transformed into windows and windscreens. And, hey, you never know.

Blue Motion © Cat Rutgers 2016 Orange Delicious © Cat Rutgers 2016 Midnight Glow © Cat Rutgers 2016 Just Around the Corner © Cat Rutgers 2016 Exquisitely Arched © Cat Rutgers 2016 Bridge to the Island © Cat Rutgers 2016 New Moon Pathway © Cat Rutgers 2016. Swift Spring © Cat Rutgers 2016 Inexplicably Mine © Cat Rutgers 2016 Tangerine Dream © Cat Rutgers 2016 Summer Breeze © Cat Rutgers 2016 City Lights © Cat Rutgers 2016 Radiant Heat © Cat Rutgers 2016 Heartbeat © Cat Rutgers 2016 Within and Without © Cat Rutgers 2016 Bird's Eye View © Cat Rutgers 2016 The Pulse of Music © Cat Rutgers 2016 Solarized Song © Cat Rutgers 2016

© Cat Rutgers 2016

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Colorfields and Folds (Ever More Art for Music)

December's Geology © Catherine Rutgers 2016Lately, I’ve been working on proposals, a process that is both demanding and inspiring. It begins with reading the instructions on exactly what to include and how to include it, and I often find it tricky to make the necessary switches between examining the application forms to the wild inventiveness of creating and curating the art I would like to exhibit. In balance, the discipline fuels my creativity, leading to fresh discoveries and stronger work.

The plan for a Colorfields and Folds exhibit is inspired by the percussion-electronics ensemble Loop 2.4.3. This show would feature ten new prints that are based on nearly two hundred images created for large-screen projections during their performances. For those images, I worked with three ideas: botanical matter, stripes, and colorfields. In making the prints, I uncovered and developed new themes – from the metamorphosis of minerals taking millions of years to accomplish, to the fleeting moments of connection and wonder we experience as humans on earth.

Loop 2.4.3 performance. Photo by Tom Burnett.

Scene from the performance at Alma College, in Michigan, with Loop 2.4.3 and the Alma College Percussion Ensemble, December 4, 2015. Photo by Tom Burnett.

As a multimedia option, Thomas Kozumplik, composer-performer and co-founder of Loop 2.4.3 and the recording label Music Starts from Silence would perform during an opening event, with Tom Burnett, director-performer-musician, creating video projections. An audio soundscape could also be recorded for Colorfields and Folds and installed using simple technology.

It’s exciting to be part of Loop 2.4.3’s forward-thinking tradition of working with visual artists, including David Derickson (Fist Fight Films), Stephen Gilewski, and Jon Waldo. You can listen to the haunting and melodious Zodiac Dust at www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7lqw3pmOsk and watch a full Loop ensemble in rhythmic action for So Strong at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNhQOE92u30.

What is a ‘colorfield’? According to About.com’s Art Glossary, “A color-field painting is one in which color is the subject, characterized by large areas of single color. The color is what dominates, not texture nor brushwork. The paintings are generally very large, so that when you’re viewing it from up close your entire field of vision is filled with the color.” Technically, these prints diverge from the painterly model in many ways. But I think of colorfields as sweeping intensities, and color is most certainly the primary subject, building into a multi-faceted view, as if you were watching the sky through a window, lodged deep inside a rock formation, or recording the landscape via satellite.

The pic at the top of this post, by the way, is December’s Geology. Here below you’ll see Electric Gemstone, Echoes Echoed, Whorling Trace, Tropical Compression, If You See the Full Moon, Faster than Air, Strike and Dip, We Visit Again, and Curtain Call. The names make me happy, too.

Electric Gemstone © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Echoes Echoed © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Whorling Trace © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Tropical Compression © Catherine Rutgers 2016

If You See the Full Moon © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Faster than Air © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Strike and Dip © Catherine Rutgers 2016

We Visit Again © Catherine Rutgers 2016

Curtain Call © Catherine Rutgers 2016

 The images and text are original work by Catherine Rutgers © 2016

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Double Vision circa 1893-1905

Stereopticon Scanned by Cat Rutgers 2016They’re really beautiful devices, these old and once wildly popular stereopticons. Wood, and metal, and yet not heavy at all. And as simple as the technology appears, the effect really works, creating a view with a depth that surprises me every time.

This one belonged to my great aunts, Miss Ann (Anna Marie) Rutgers (1895-1964) and Miss Gertrude Rutgers (1891-1985). They lived in a wonderful brick house, built by my grandfather Stephen (1893-1970), in the Redford section of Detroit. There was an arbor of concord grapes in the back yard, and I can still picture them making preserves – peeling back the purple-black skins, the sweet-tart pale green fruit inside, the knotty and plentiful seeds, the steaming heat in their kitchen, and row upon row of sparkling clean glass jars waiting to be filled with the gorgeous gem-like results of their work.

The double-image cards are beautiful, too, and became colorful as the century turned. They trumpet the wonders of nature, simply or with an ‘uplifting’ message, share the news of the day, allow travel to far-flung places, and tell stories … crazy, wonderful stories that I can only imagine with just the few pieces in hand.

I have only a small collection, saved from Auntie Gertrude’s basement after she moved into an apartment in the 1970s. Though there’s no date on the stereopticon, the Rutgers sisters were just kids when these cards were published, and they must have been a family treasure to have been saved for so many years.
Full Moon 1899 The Half Dome in Yosemite 1897 Niagrara Falls (Undated) Consider the Lilies 1895 The White House, Washington 1905 President McKinley and His Cabinet 1900 The River Dan-Palestine 1899 Picturesque Thatched Houses of Filipinos-Philippine Islands 1905 Athens-Theatre of Herodes Atticus (Undated) Don't You Dare 1893 You May Have-Just One 1893 And Nicodemus Was Fed by the Wayside 1899

Text by Catherine Rutgers © 2016

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Welcome to CatRutgers4art

CatRutgers4art Welcome © 2016Pause here for visual refreshment. CatRutgers4art is an essence: far less than everything, much more than a fragment, all original art. Inspired by my boundless fascination with natural phenomena in an urban environment, commonly leading to window-view sky watching and a lot of digging in the dirt to make things grow, I present this free-floating waltz of an undefined tempo with relish. All love from the possibilities zone, Cat

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The Street and the Sky: Samm Cohen’s Photos of Istanbul

Samm Cohen 01 Istanbul © 2016In this era when millions of people are taking millions of photos all the time, it’s a pleasure to sit back and sift through an artist’s collection. Samm Cohen works in multiple mediums, with a passion for paintings that stretch the boundaries between a flat canvas surface and the space that surrounds it, using everything from broken mirrors to papier-mâché to extend her solid grounding in classic brushwork into new and often startling visions.

Photography is also a venue for Ms. Cohen, whose joyful approach to travel and documentation is best described by the artist herself:

“I love to travel! I love photography! I have been fortunate to see London Tower holding itself against the wetted sky, the Buddhist flags of the Monkey temple waving, Angkor Wat’s tall, proud stone facades, the uneven bricks of The Great Wall, hot sand of the Sahara in view of the ancient Sphinx, Gaudí’s Seuss-like structures lining the streets of Barcelona, and the blue waters contrasting with monolithic rock off Australia’s Great Ocean Road. … More importantly, I have seen the people in these enthralling cultures during both work and leisure, the growth of the natural and man-made habitats, and the beauty that exists around the world.”

Here’s my selection of twenty photographs from Ms. Cohen’s journey to Istanbul, in late-November 2015. I’m feeling very lucky to explore such a beautiful city through the eyes of this highly creative visitor.

As noted by the artist, “These are all ‘untouched’ photos of the trip, which are also available in cropped and refined versions, along with many more.” For additional photos from Istanbul and many other locations, contact Samm through her website http://www.SammCohen.com or page https://www.facebook.com/sammcohenart.

Samm Cohen 02 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 03 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 04 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 05 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 06 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 07 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 08 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 09 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 10 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 11 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 12 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 13 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 14 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 15 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 16 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 17 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 18 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 19 Istanbul © 2016

Samm Cohen 20 Istanbul © 2016All photos © Samm Cohen 2016

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Botanical Matter (More Art for Music)

Everything here originated in my nearby environment, from the hollyhocks and gently fading rose to a bucket of compost and the towering oak trees sans foliage. Forthwith, 15 of 69 botanically oriented images created for Loop 2.4.3 performances.

Hollyhock © Catherine Rutgers 2015

The Center © Catherine Rutgers 2015 IMG2790 New Color © Catherine Rutgers 2015 A Daisy Invert v4 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 October Color Inverted © Catherine Rutgers 2015

The Edges Change © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Think about color v3 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Velrose © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Willpower v7 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

 Salvia v4 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Pueblo IMG2802 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Primordial Lick v2 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Primordial Lick v3 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Wildest Dream v4 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Edges Change 03 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

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Stripes! (Art for Music)

Loop 2.4.3, with the Temple University Percussion Ensemble, November 3, 2015. Photo by Tom Burnett.

There’s a wonderful development afoot: my artwork is being shown during live performances. The music is by Loop 2.4.3, with projections created by Tom Burnett. Described like so on their website: “Loop 2.4.3 creates original music steeped in percussion and electronics. Upon release of the debut album in 2007, NPR [National Public Radio] called Loop 2.4.3 an original voice that ‘sounds like part of a well-thought-out tradition. Only the tradition has never existed until now.’ … Loop’s founder, percussionist/composer Thomas Kozumplik, has created a flexible ensemble that rotates players and varies in size, but a powerful sense of exploration and freedom is constant.” From personal experience, I can say their performances create a thrilling soundscape that lifts you into a previously unimagined world of sensation.

Shown above, a scene from the rehearsal, with the Temple University Percussion Ensemble, on November 3, 2015 at Temple Performing Arts Center in Philadelphia. For the upcoming performance at Alma College, Heritage Center for the Performing Arts in Michigan on December 4, I’ve been creating new images around three themes: stripes, botanical matter, and color fields. Here’s a sample of twenty stripes of all kinds.

Also004 Changed More © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Blur Less 121 IMG2980 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Church Avenue Difference v2 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Echo Echo Invert © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Just the Colors Inverted © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Fathers Day More Orange © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Nov Stripes 03 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Fullmoon © Catherine Rutgers 2015 09 IMG0790 Two © Catherine Rutgers 2015 November Stripes 01 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Preview zoom006 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Rods Two © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Tiny also004 Less 190 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Fullmoon Inverted © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Watched the Stars © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Watched the Stars 0XX © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Winding Road v2 © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Just the Colors © Catherine Rutgers 2015 Winding Road v3 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

Zoomed v2 © Catherine Rutgers 2015

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