Ruth Marten

Ruth Marten, Fuer Tapferkeit, 2016, 19th century print, collage and hair, 23 x 14,2 cm

Vita

born in NY | lives and works in New York / USA Read more …


Ruth Marten's Statement: FOUNTAINS & ALLIGATORS, 2016 (dt.)

"Glückliche Findigkeit hat alle Entscheidungen bestimmt, die ich seit 2006 bei meinen Collagen getroffen habe. Weil ich ein absoluter Diktator bin, wenn es um meine handwerklichen Manipulationen geht, hielt ich es für klug, mich beim Betrachten eines neuen Bildes ganz meinem Gefühl und der Anziehungskraft des Bildes hinzugeben. Dass ich meine eigene Handschrift oft im traditionellen Stil des Druckes verberge, bereitet mir kein Kopfzerbrechen – schließlich bin ich starrköpfig und diszipliniert genug, um der Fantasie bis zum bitteren Ende freien Lauf zu lassen und den Druck so umso mehr zu meinem Eigentum zu machen." Read more …


Artist's statement: FOUNTAINS & ALLIGATORS, 2016 (engl.)

"Serendipity has dictated all my choices in the collages I’ve made since 2006. As I am an absolute dictator in my manual manipulations, I thought it wise to give over to emotion and attraction when first contemplating a new picture. That I often hide my hand within the print’s vernacular doesn’t concern me as I am disciplined and bullheaded enough to extend the fantasy to the bitter end, thus making it more completely my own." Read more …


Artist statement: New Works, 2014 (engl.)

The discovery of mid-18th century Dutch prints on esoteric Judaica was the inspiration for this suite of 9 pictures. So obscure were these depicted rituals (even unknown by religious friends) that I gave myself carte blanche to roam across the landscape of great ideas of Faith. We are all familiar with giant themes such as Sacrifice, Reliquaries and outsized Priestly garments but the specifics of the actual hardware and furniture are more imagination than cataloguing. Read more …


Pressemitteilung: "THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH", 2013 (dt.)

»The Unvarnished Truth« ist die erste umfangreiche Einzelausstellung der New Yorker Künstlerin Ruth Marten (*1949, NY) in Deutschland. Read more …


Press Release: "THE UNVARNISHED TRUTH", 2013 (engl.)

»The Unvarnished Truth« is the first large solo exhibition of the New York artist Ruth Marten (*1949, NY) in Germany. Read more …


Ruth Marten @ texts & comments

Ruth Marten's drawings occupy and enact upon the historical spaces of vintage prints by detourning them with the precision of the tattoo artist. Delicate, controlled and highly illusionistic, they utilise the trope of the visual malaprop to create an imaginary third space in which surreal and subversive narratives are entwined ... Read more …


Ruth Marten, 12/21/12, New York City

In response to the question of what has led me from tattooing to Hair depiction and, now, to reworking 18th century copper plate engravings, I can respond by stating that I have always loved linear work and have a fascination with history and cultural attitudes. Read more …


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