David Ruddell – New Work
Beverly Rayner – Accretion

April 22- May 22, 2010
Reception: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

136David Ruddell explores his own mythology for the journey of life by using the boat form as a metaphor for the passage of the human vessel through time. The physical representation of this symbol is meant to represent the choices we make in our lives.
In this exhibition Ruddell has created works on raw poplar panels and blackboards, including a small series of boats on children’s readymade chalkboards. Ruddell utilizes a palette of rich blues, reds, and yellows, in natural tones that evoke a symbolic landscape. David Ruddell’s work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC, the di Rosa in Napa, California, and the Oakland Museum of California, as well as many private collections.

134Accretion, by Beverly Rayner, inhabits the form of an exaggerated housecoat, covered with the residual ephemera carefully saved by one person over a lifetime. Greeting cards, bills, receipts, notes, inspirational quotes, prayers, poems and letters sheath the garment. In Accretion, Rayner illustrates the burden of psychological entanglement that human beings have with overabundance. These everyday objects are amassed into a monument to this human compulsion.
Beverly Rayner’s work is in the Oakland Museum of California, the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. She is a past recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship.

Photographs and additional press information available on request.
Image top to bottom: David Ruddell, Red Board, Grey Board, Canvas Fir Boat, 2006; Mixed media; 49 x 83 x 7 1/2 inches. Beverly Rayner, Accretion, Mixed media, 2009.

Braunstein/Quay Gallery
430 Clementina (btw. 5th and 6th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
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