Resident Project Exhibition and Opening Reception- October 27, 2017 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Featuring new work by Ricardo Ruiz, Alisha Wormsley and Robert Hodge
Exhibition Runs October 28- November 26
Viewing hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm or by appointment
Artists Image Resource (AIR) invites you to celebrate three Projects in Residence produced by artists Ricardo Ruiz, Alisha Wormsley, and Robert Hodge with an Opening Reception on Friday, October 27th. AIR is a print and imaging laboratory committed to supporting the creation of new work by artists and making the methods and practices of the artist more transparent and accessible to broader populations. The artwork in this exhibition is both completed and in progress. The exhibition provides a lens into how the artists are incorporating print processes into their practice by experimenting with color and form in physically constructed narratives.
AIR has been working with Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz for the past eighteen months supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ricardo has been developing a lexicon of images and situations related to folkloric evolution of faith healing. The images present disparate scenes of migration and reflection as characters query their place in the universe. The work suggests a nonlinear history of the role immigration plays in occupying lands and locating one’s self within the lens of indigenous and minority populations. Ricardo’s drawings were enlarged and printed in several stages allowing for the artist to hand embellish each image. Through that process the artist was able to develop complex spatial and color relationships that reflect the existential spaces occurring within the panels. The collected images are a body of work denoted by the phrase “Late Drag”.
AIR has worked with Alisha Wormsley on various projects over the years and the work presented here constitutes the first focused efforts to develop print related works that have the potential to end up as multiples, suites of prints, or as a portfolio. The work being created with Wormsley is part of a continued dialogue between women of color and their environments within a collapsing dimension of time. This project has created an opportunity for the artist to think about these ideas through more direct print related processes.
Robert Hodge began working with Artists Image Resource in September of this year. The work expresses the whirlwind of activity at AIR in the process of developing what will become a larger body of work. Hodge is known for work that reaches directly into the everyday, capturing found and reclaimed materials and combining and presenting them through collage, construction and multiple media works. This series of studies integrates more direct printmaking methods and uses music culture and the role of women in that culture as a starting point for the series.
Ricardo Vincente Jose Ruiz maintains a multi disciplinary practice rooted in drawing that engages oral traditions grounded in curanderismo, Mexican faith healing. Through storytelling and superstition, Ricardo reflects on the everyday in a mode that accesses past, present, and future. Works, physical gestures via the artists body, and sound initiate a conversation as to how does healing manifest itself in the 21th century. Images explore metaphysical spaces of mythic figures and interactions grounded in personal memoir , ritual , and prose .The work intends to expand on the traumas of the difficult histories of marginalized groups within North America but provides a point of healing through spiritual reconciliation and mediation in its discussion .
“I make work with the intention of fostering community through shared personal experiences between individuals and removing invisible barriers built through a history of discrimination and subversive socio-political tactics”- R. Ruiz
Alisha B. Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color. Alisha’s work has been honored with a number of awards and program grants including the Afronaut(a) Film and Performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (winner of the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, and There Are Black People in the Future. Her projects and works have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally at venues including the Andy Warhol Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Inkanyiso in Johannesburg, South Africa, HTMLES in Montreal, and the Rush Art gallery in New York. Next year she will complete an MFA in film and video at Bard College, and this fall, Alisha is exploring the connection between light and social justice through a project that activates open and community spaces in Homewood, Pennsylvania. In this project, she organizes and photographically documents a series of artist-led installations, programs, and events. These installations, embedded in Homewood’s urban fabric, create spaces for local conversation, reflection, and engagement.
Robert Hodge was Born in Houston, Texas and raised in the City’s Third Ward district, Robert Hodge studied visual art at the Atlanta College of Art and more recently at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has exhibited his work in numerous national and international institutions, including Boyd Satellite Gallery (New Orleans, LA), the Project Row Houses (Houston, TX), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX), Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, TX), New Gallery of Modern Art (Charlotte, NC), Coma Art Space (Los Angeles, CA), and Contemporary Museum of East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya). Named amongst the Houston Press’ 100 Most Creative People in 2011, the artist has also received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance and The Idea Fund. Hodge currently lives and works in Houston.
About Artists Image Resource:
Artists Image Resource’s mission is to support the working artist and to make the methods and practices of the artist more transparent and accessible to broader populations. AIR produces fine art print work with artists and offers innovative educational programs that explore the creative process with neighborhood schools, arts organizations and the community.
AIR Project in Residence Program
Each year, AIR invites select artists to work in-residence at its laboratory facility on Pittsburgh’s Northside. As they explore creative ideas and complete new work, Resident Artists have full access to the printmaking shops and equipment at AIR. They are also provided with materials, staff and volunteer assistance to expand their artistic practice.
The production of work and exhibition were supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.