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Ruth Marten at Hosfelt Gallery, NYC

Posted in Cryptozoology, Curiosa & Forteana, Erotica, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Hair & Fabric, Historia & Memoria, Illustration by Suzanne on July 22nd, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia


Hirsute by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 9"x 5 7/8", 2007 - click to enlarge

There are artists who rework old illustrations because a) they simply cannot be bothered to start from scratch or b) they have horror vacui when sitting in front of an empty glaring sheet and then, well then there is Ruth Marten.

Ruth Marten's works are way more than mere ready-mades or upcycled memorabilia - as an actual expert in putting a most haunting aura in found material she literally intervenes in the historic.

What makes her stand out is beyond doubt her technical excellence and her astonishing versatility - her Hair series will illustrate to you what I'm talking about. Is this skill set that puts her work right up there with the Chapman Brothers' 2003 reworks of Goya's Los Desastres de la Guerra etchings in regards to twisted sense of humour, with Edward Gorey in regards to her whimsical melancholia and Heinrich Hoffmann in regards to educational shock.

Ruth is currently presenting slightly newer works than I'm showing here at the Hosfelt Gallery in a summer group show alongside Rachell Sumpter, Christopher Adams and Jeremy Stenger.

Please note that the exhibition has now been extended to August 5.


Zoophilia by Ruth Marten, ink on found print, 10 1/2" x 8", 2007 - click to enlarge

On show: Jun 23 - Aug 5, 2011

Address: Hosfelt Gallery, 531 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018, USA, tel: 212-563-5454, email: infony@hosfeltgallery.com | Map

Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM

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