The Night is Dark January 9 – January 29, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9, 6-9 p.m.
Curated by Cortney Stell
Philip J. Steele Gallery
Gallery Hours:11 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Saturday
The Philip J. Steele Gallery is pleased to present the concurrent openings of two solo exhibitions by artists Christina Shurts and Nathan Ritterpusch. The exhibitions will be the first in Colorado for each artist, and present an overview of large-scale paintings created in the past few years. Click here to read about the exhibition of works by Christina Shurts.
The Exhibition: Nathan Ritterpusch’s exhibition entitled The Night is Dark features six paintings created in the past two years. Ritterpusch makes paintings that have a dark cinematic tone reminiscent of film noir. The artist stages photo shoots and paints from this source imagery. In these shoots he captures moments when his subjects appear to be consumed by their emotions. These moments are often painted as voyeuristic glimpses into a larger untold narrative. Ritterpusch’s attraction to the relationship between the still image and moving image can be seen in the intentional destabilization of his imagery through the use of slight blurring, jitter, or pixelation in some works.
The Artist: Ritterpusch's solo debut took place in 2006 at New York gallery, RARE. In 2007 he participated in a drawing show at Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann in Dusseldorf, a painting group show at Galerie Romerapotheke in Zurich, and a residency at Prague's Karlin Studios, which was followed by an exhibition at Futura Gallery, also in Prague. Ritterpusch made his European solo debut at Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann in Dusseldorf in the spring of 2008 (a full-color, 34-page catalogue was produced) and had his second one-person show there in 2011. He took his second solo bow at RARE in February/March 2009 and participated in two group exhibitions at Katz Contemporary in Zurich during the spring and fall of 2009. His third one-person show at RARE ran from October 11 through November 8, 2012. Ritterpusch’s paintings are included in the collections of Jean Pigozzi, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Marc and Livia Straus, Howard Tullman, Dean Valentine, and Nordine Zidoun.
At top: Nathan Ritterpusch, Pick Up (detail), 2012, oil on canvas, work shown courtesy of the artist and RARE Gallery