Ruth Root’s large scale geometric panels draw from the lineage of non-objective painting. Evoking reference to Piet Mondrian, Ellsworth Kelly, and Olivier Mosset, Root’s playfully orchestrated compositions engage with the fundamental principles of formalism while simultaneously interacting with contemporary modes of interpretation.
Rendered on shaped, ultra-thin aluminium sheeting, Root’s paintings corrupt the idea of pre-fab form. Confined to the curvilinear borders of her canvas, Root’s componentized swatches of colour reveal an unorthodox organic quality transgressing the tradition of the grid as sigmoid fields, and allowing the seamless application of her paint to slightly bevel at the sharply cropped edges. Root’s paintings are often exhibited flush to the gallery walls, creating an allusion to decaled logotypes and an optical intervention with architectural space.
Though primarily concerned with the tautology of painting itself, Root is often inspired by the phenomenon of urban experience. Her bold industrial colours and aesthetically ordered geometries invoke cityscapes, product design, and 1960s technographics. The liminal quality of her paintings elicits dialogue with digitised media: the consummate flatness of her paintings condenses the illusions of solidity and space into virtual fields, compelling in their dynamic assertion and physically insubstantiality.
Additional Information on Ruth Root
findarticles.com - Ruth Root at Andrew Krepsby Roger Boyce
Ruth Root is an artist with an insider's sense of humor. Taking cues from painters as diverse as Blinky Palermo, Ellsworth Kelly and Mary Heilmann, Root toys with geometric abstraction, subverting the formal genre and undermining its purist rectitude.
villagevoice.com - Met Life By Sue Spaid
To my delight, Ruth Root's seemingly haphazard installation of idiosyncratic, nonobjective paintings releases the city's bustling energy, rather than squeezing it out, as Peter Halley's Day-Glo grids do.
One of the most talented artists I've known, Ruth Root creates works of mysterious beauty and profound significance.
findarticles.com - Ruth Root - New York - hard-edge abstractionby Frances Richard
Read the critics on Ruth Root, and the names dropped are Philip Guston, Ellsworth Kelly, Piet Mondrian, and Richard Tuttle. The Guston references derive from the waggish strategy by which Root made her earlier color-block abstractions self-conscious: Little pairs of eyes peeped through what one had assumed to be a flat, nonillusionistic span of paint, and lit cigarettes protruded from the seams where colors touched.
Andrew Kreps Gallery Press release for Ruth Root
Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present the work of Ruth Root. This is Root's third solo exhibition at the gallery. Root has also recently shown at the Seattle Art Museum and Galleria Franco Noero, in Torino, Italy.