A Garden or A Grave: pt.2 LA's Latest Duo Show with Brett Flanigan and Ellen Rutt
Ellen Rutt and Brett Flanigan are asking, A Garden or A Grave? In the wake of climate destruction caused by the exploitation of natural resources and unnatural extreme weather events, humanity must decide whether to dig a grave with current habits and behaviors or plant a garden of new environmental policies and goals. For pt.2: LA's latest show, the two artists create a series of non-representational, abstract works that question the future of our plant in an era of ecological collapse.
Focusing on the idea of place and how experiences in the outside world translate through color, form and texture, each artist creates a series of abstract works. Brett Flanigan approaches the work by reflecting on specific places and experiences, then responding with a framework of color and composition portraying his emotions. Utilizing this substructure, he continues to explore systems through pattern probability, logic and repitition, which helps to navigate a series of informed decisions resulting in unpredictable outcomes; a process leading to a broad spectrum of work varying in material, technique, and style.
Ellen Rutt's work surrenders to possibilities and limitations of place in a tender call and response between control and improvisation. Through an abstract lexicon of layered shapes and primary colors, she facilitates conversations between materiality and movement, place and process. Her site-specific installations, mixed-media paintings, and textiles examine notions of belonging and inclusion in the perceived nature-culture divide in America.
A Garden or A Grave opens February 23, 2020, with an opening reception from 12 to 8, and is on view through March 6, 2020.