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Joe Rudko

Joe Rudko Untitled Colors 2021

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Joe Rudko Untitled Colors 2021, Installation Views

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Untitled Colors is based on 10 large single-color photographic works. Rudko collected thousands of personal snapshots from friends, family, and anonymous internet vendors before deconstructing and intricately arranging them into large vibrant color fields. These photomontages of vernacular analog photographs, evoke intimate memories and strong personal associations. Each work brings together diverse imagery from over a century of the printed image, while using color as the unifying principle. Although inherently photographic, they also become abstractions, with sharp details that root them in the world of representation, tying them to a specific time and place. Arranged within a structural grid, they are influenced by both Mesopotamian mosaics and the digital pixel. Rudko’s physical act of merging photographic materials, consisting of different surface qualities and tonalities, is a meditation on the interconnectedness of memory and the collective desire to document and share experiences. Taking in these thousands of spliced images is an all-encompassing experience for the viewer, offering an abundance of information that teases an expansiveness beyond each frame.

Joe Rudko lives and works in Seattle. He received his BFA in Photography and Drawing from the Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 2013. His work is featured on the cover of indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie’s album Kintsugi and is included in the permanent collections of The Getty Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, the Cleveland Clinic, F5, Fidelity Investments, the City of Seattle.

 

Joe Rudko Tiny Mirrors 2019

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Joe Rudko Biography

Joe Rudko is a graduate of Western Washington University and has shown broadly in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the Northwest including exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum. He has been the recipient of the Future List Award and two Art Walk Awards from City Arts Magazine as well as the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship Award and the Facebook Artist in Residence program. His work is featured on the cover of indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie’s album Kintsugi and is included in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, F5, Fidelity Investments, and the City of Seattle. His work has been published in Artforum, Art in America, New American Paintings, Humble Art Foundation, Fukt Magazine for Contemporary Drawing, The Stranger, and The Seattle Times. Rudko lives and works in Seattle, WA.

 

 

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