Field Theories

February 26 - April 9, 2022

John Ruszel

Artist Reception

Saturday March 5


I am interested in scientific concepts, the equipment used to study them, and the visualizations created to explain them. Through my layperson’s understanding of these concepts and a process of massive oversimplification and iteration, I create highly organized, graphic artworks. These works are symbolically suggestive of their sources but stripped of any scientific rigor or meaning. 
I don’t make art as an attempt to represent these scientific “truths.” Instead, the process feels like a prayer to what I see as the most hopeful and meaningful pursuits of humanity as a whole. Prayer is a charged word and I use it here irreligiously. I see prayer as an act that expends energy towards a goal in a manner that cannot affect real change towards that goal. It is action without reaction; a spell that is cast only to conjure hope. I make my art as an attempt to feel that change is possible, knowing that my art practice cannot bring that change. It is a personal attempt at creating hope.
— John Ruszel

A note on process and materials:
I create my drawings using digital and traditional drafting tools. Designs are often developed in AutoCAD with smaller drawings output using an AxiDraw pen plotter. Larger drawings are made by hand using a drafting arm. The pieces are then painted with gouache.
I strive to be aware of the impact my work has on the environment and continue looking for ways to reduce the waste and pollution that I generate. I avoid resin based products, cadmium pigments and water intensive processes like dyeing and screenprint. These considerations are not enough but they are a step in a good direction.