The Beauty of Being Broken Seen as Trompe-l'oeil

For the most part, I blog about beauty whether in forms of ordinary objects, in controlled states of collapsed geometry, in sadness and in happiness.  Today, I find much beauty in the state of being utterly broken as depicted by Gina Ruggeri.  In the midst of such saddening broken states, these objects evolve into new forms and give rise to a kind of beauty that would not have been possible without its natural or unnatural process of decay.  This piece is called Decayed Log, it is done on Mylar with acrylic.  I have a special affinity to works on Mylar as it was the material I often worked with as a student of architectural design and rendering.
Upon first look at these pieces, because mostly they are quite large in scale around 50" x 80" such as the one shown below and their perfectly seamless integration with the walls made me think that the artist actually painted them directly onto the gallery walls. Here the presentation of the piece called Two, obviously after being broken into two, but on a single and unified piece of dry wall offers a slight ironic twist. It is like after it had been broken into two, what remains to be shown is still its solid integrity, fully intact. What I take away from it is that even when something is broken, let it be broken but accept its new form as another level of creation.
The obsession with architecture and its material seems consistent throughout this exhibition. Along with the paintings, there are these ink drawings of broken stones and wood branches with titles such as Splitting and Chunks.
Lastly, this exhibition opens with this Crack in the wall. It doesn't look at all like the cracks I have seen in my apartment along the windows, but a very stylized one that reminds me of a braided hair. It seems to reveal different layers of hidden complexity within the visual architecture of an imagined wall. And it is perhaps only through a crack that we can see the beauty of being fragile and being broken. Please go to Nancy Margolis Gallery by June 4 to see these gorgeous works by Gina Ruggeri.


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