Tuvi Bonet by Ruth Rodriguez
72″x60″; acrylic and flashe on inkjet printed fabric; 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Empty Set.
COLLAGE ON VIEW
Ruth Rodriguez: Sketch/Cut/Stitch
at Empty Set in Bronx, New York, USA
9 September-17 October 2022
“Sketch/Cut/Stitch” is a solo exhibition of work by Ruth Rodriguez, a Dominican American artist. Curated by Sasha Louis Bush, this show presents a series of digitally- and physically-made collages and wall-mounted tapestries by the artist. The exhibition marks both Rodriguez’s and Bush’s New York City debut as an artist and as a curator, respectively.
Many of the works in “Sketch/Cut/Stitch” begin with sketches in a notebook. After scanning these, she continues to work on them digitally, making adjustments on her iPad. Once a drawing is complete, it is printed digitally, often on inexpensive materials such as shower curtains and commercially produced fabrics purchased in Ruth Rodriguez’s neighborhood in the Bronx. The choice of material reflects the artists’ explicit awareness of labor, class and access to art–thinking through the availability of materials and who can purchase or own an artwork once it is complete.
With each tapestry and collage in “Sketch/Cut/Stitch” featuring a woman, alone or in groups of twos, threes and fours, Ruth Rodriguez honors her grandmother’s and mother’s labor. And, building on their ongoing intergenerational conversation, she offers a resplendent array of new stories with powerfully moving candor.
(text adapted from the curator’s press materials)
860 East 136th Street
Bronx, New York 10450 USA