Category Archives: Lisa Ruyter Shows

Lisa Ruyter @ school, Vienna, Austria “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” November 20, 2015

school presents

Performative Screenings #39
Lisa Ruyter
Let us now Praise Famous Men

Friday November 20, 2015
Lecture 8 pm

lisa ruyter 1990

​©Lisa Ruyter, 1990 (approximately)

Lisa Ruyter’s recent work turns to the archive as subject matter, abandoning the use of self-made photographic source material in favor of appropriation of a self-indexed version of the The Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Collection, housed at the Library of Congress, which includes photographs created from 1935 to 1944. There is a relationship between this new work and the drawing-driven works that Ruyter showed in NYC in the early 90’s. This presentation will feature both bodies of work.

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Lisa Ruyter @ Eleven Rivington, New York, USA; “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” May 21 to July 3, 2015

Lisa Ruyter  “Russell Lee: Sign of the times. Yakima, Washington” 2011 120 x 150 cm

Lisa Ruyter
“Russell Lee: Sign of the times. Yakima, Washington”
2011
120 x 150 cm

Eleven Rivington is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Lisa Ruyter, on view at both gallery locations from May 21 through July 3, 2015.  Titled “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men”, it marks Lisa Ruyter’s 32nd career solo exhibition, and the artist’s third show using photographs from the Library of Congress’ FSA/OWI archive as source material. The Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Collection includes more than 164,000 black and white and color negatives created from 1935 to 1944 by a small but highly influential photography program.

“These images, produced through government agency, quite miraculously transcend propaganda, and have become the material of an American identity. It is a defining and generative archive, ever more so as it is digitized, repeated and further disseminated.

There are lessons to be found in this archive containing an army of readily reanimated ghosts. These ghosts are sacred spirits to some, untouchable for what they represent. To ‘appropriate’ therefore becomes another assault on their memory, as if any previous incarnation had ever been free of appropriation. These photographs are of Americans, and they represent those who go unnoticed, unrecognized and, um, unrepresented. They are us, or at least some idea that we have of ourselves, they belong to us because of the way that they came into our world, as photographs, not as people. It is a record of what was already being lost to Americans even as it was being constructed, an American dream of self-determination, independence and freedom.”  (Lisa Ruyter)

Lisa Ruyter began showing in New York in 1993, as part of a generation that was the subject of the New Museum’s ‘NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star.’ Like many of the artists in that show, Ruyter’s concerns involve identity and pathologic constructions that cross biological and social boundaries. This work emerged from an education that had pop art and minimalism functioning like shopping mall anchor stores, in relationship to which Ruyter formed a special interest in navigating the glut of images, storytelling, invisible architectures, dissolving skins and representation, especially self-representation.

Lisa Ruyter’s early work is drawing-driven, comprised from an archive of found images forced into relationship via traced outlines, a web-like structure that ultimately could be seen as representing an architectural form, such as that of the internet. Such architecture affects movement and gestures but does not have a clear, visible, physical manifestation or author. The work evolved into a colorful and immediately recognizable treatment of a range of subject matters via photographic images taken by the artist.

Lisa Ruyter has returned to the archive as subject matter, but in a major conceptual shift, has abandoned the use of self-made photographic source material in favor of a self-indexed version of the FSA/OWI photo collection. Two groups of these works will be presented at Eleven Rivington: figurative works featuring women with patterned clothing, and works drawn from source photographs of salvage collection sites.

Both series emphasize the function of the lines that have been present in the work since the early 90’s. The patterns hint at a volume that might escape the surface tension of the paintings, emphasizing the manner in which the line functions to contain color.

A salvage pile stands in for the earlier collaged jumble of images. With the mass explosion of images that such things as the internet have engendered, it seems sensible to recycle. These works look like abstract paintings, yet they have a very concrete origin (the photograph) loaded with circumstantial content, which happens to be quite relevant and plays no small part in delivering Lisa Ruyter’s intentions.

This is Lisa Ruyter’s first exhibition in New York since 2006.  Ruyter has exhibited in the US and internationally since 1993.  Selected solo shows include Alan Cristea Gallery, London; Connersmith, Washington, DC; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; Team Gallery, NY; and Leo Koenig, Inc., NY, among many others.  The artist’s work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, NY; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; La Coleccio Jumex, Mexico City; Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuberg; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, and Le Consortium, Dijon.  Ruyter has been a resident of Austria since 2003, and she remains very active in the Vienna local scene, where she has run exhibition spaces and produced more than 30 exhibitions of other artists.

Lisa Ruyter @ CONNERSMITH., Washington DC; "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," September 8-October 20, 2012

Lisa Ruyter @ Alan Cristea Gallery, London; "Lisa Ruyter: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," April 26-May 26, 2012

Lisa Ruyter @ Georg Kargl, Vienna; "Atoms For Peace," November 14, 2008 – January 11, 2009

Lisa Ruyter @ Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris; "Canʼt See The Forest For The Trees," January 17-February 28, 2004