Last Look: Rebecca Rutstein & Jared Weiss

It’s the final week of Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday, two painting exhibitions that fill adjoining galleries on form & concept’s second floor. The shows are markedly different at first glance—Rutstein’s work is abstract, Weiss paints figures—but their conceptual frameworks have started to enmesh over the past 6 weeks. Michael Abatemarco discovered compelling links between them in his July 7th Pasatiempo article on both shows:

Two exhibits now on view at form & concept — Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday — explore internal and external worlds through a lens of abstraction. Basing her work on scientific data and observances, Rutstein takes elements of her research and recontextualizes them in paintings that explore motion, line, color, and form. Jared Weiss works from memory, or rather the lack thereof, exploring the phenomena of screen memories in a vibrant exhibition of paintings of scenes of daily life, much of it autobiographical, where not everything that’s happening is as it seems.

Abatemarco’s headline, “In the Abstract,” makes for an excellent bridge between the shows. Rutstein observes the landscape and paints abstract representations of the often invisible forces that shape it, while Weiss intentionally abstracts his figures and landscapes to drum up tension between the familiar and the alien. Both artists use scholarly research to guide their voyages through these ambiguous worlds, surfacing with imagery that’s striking in its originality.

Come see Weiss and Rutstein’s shows before they close on August 12, and click here to read Abatemarco’s piece. Our special exhibition Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective also closes this week, on August 11. Mark your calendar for the opening weekend of our next exhibition, Broken Boxes, starting Friday, August 18.  

Rebecca Rutstein Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Contagious, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, If We Want to, If it Matters to Us, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Fantasy Obscured, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, This Is Only a Little Of It, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Never Going Back Again, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, Islands Are Not Forever, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Summer Artist Talk: Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss has forgotten much of his subject matter. Or rather, the scenes that he paints are often buried somewhere deep in his unconscious. Reviving suppressed memories can be a dangerous game, but the Santa Fe artist has some heavy hitters on his side: Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek. Weiss draws inspiration from the famous line of psychoanalysts in his new solo exhibition at form & concept, He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday. Opening Friday, June 30, the show conjures a strange sense of déjà vu. Weiss’s figurative images—which resemble warped photographs from a massive theater production—are sure to lodge in the back of your mind.

Weiss will appear at a gallery talk on Saturday, July 22 from 2-3 pm.

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Summer Artist Talks Schedule

In its first year, form & concept has emphasized powerful and diverse storytelling through its exhibition schedule and programs. The gallery’s roster of represented artists has been steadily growing, making for a dynamic One-Year Anniversary Exhibition (May 26-October 22, 2017). The majority of form & concept’s represented artists will speak, along with several guest artists.

Matthew Mullins & Wesley Anderegg | 5/27/17, 2-3 pm
Heidi Brandow | 6/3/17, 2-3 pm
Heather Bradley | 6/10/17, 2-3 pm
NoiseFold | 6/17/17, 2-3 pm*
Rebecca Rutstein | 7/1/17, 2-3 pm
Elana Schwartz | 7/8/17, 2-3 pm
Debra Baxter | 7/15/17, 2-3 pm
Jared Weiss | 7/22/17, 2-3 pm*
Armond Lara | 8/20/17, 2-3 pm
Broken Boxes Artists & Curators Panel Discussion | 8/20/17, 3-4 pm*

*Guest artists. All other participants are form & concept represented artists.

Opening Tonight: Jared Weiss & Rebecca Rutstein

Join us tonight for the debut of two painting exhibitions, Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday. Weiss is a Santa Fe artist who draws from Freudian theory and his own memory to create compositions infused with a sense of déjà vu. Rutstein, who lives in Philadelphia, explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by scientific data. Both artists will appear at the opening reception on Friday, June 30 from 5-7 pm.

Kathryn Davis of ArtBeat Santa Fe interviewed each painter about their work. Scroll down for links to the interviews, and to read excerpts from other recent press.

Rebecca Rutstein

ArtBeat Santa Fe with Kathryn Davis- Artist Rebecca Rutstein Interview- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico

“There’s an oppeness to this work that reminds me of being here in this part of the world, where the sky goes on forever and it feels like you can see forever,” said Kathryn Davis of ArtBeat to Rebecca Rutstein. “[There’s] a lot of play with shadow, surface and dimensionality.” Listen to the full interview here.

A write-up on Rebecca’s work appeared in Albuquerque Journal North‘s “Top Picks for the Week” feature by Megan Bennett. Here’s an excerpt:

While spending time learning and creating among geologists and oceanographic cartographers, [Rutstein] was able to study the terrain and the ocean floor, and began painting based on what she saw. For this show, she will show work depicting “seismic events that occur deep in the Earth’s crust.”

Emily Van Cleve of Santa Fe Arts Journal interviewed Rebecca for a feature story. Here’s a teaser:

“I took a geology class as an undergraduate that had a huge impact on me,” Rutstein says. “Recently, I looked back at the geology textbooks I used in college. The collision of the Earth’s plates, which has inspired the work in my Santa Fe show, seems like a metaphor for what has happened in my life and other people’s lives.”

Make sure to read both stories, and stop by tonight’s opening from 5-7 pm to meet Rebecca and see Fault Lines. She will appear at an artist talk on Saturday, July 1 from 2-3 pm.

Jared Weiss

ArtBeat Santa Fe with Kathryn Davis- Artist Jared Weiss Interview- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“You are a painter’s painter,” Kathryn Davis of ArtBeat told Jared Weiss. “I think you’re going to get a lot of painters showing up to see this show. I encourage that, because of the use of color, the brushwork. The immediacy, and then the denial—you step back and realize, ‘I don’t know what this is about.'” Listen to the full interview here, and make sure to check out Jared’s takeover of Santa Fe Reporter‘s Instagram for sneak peeks at the show.

Elizabeth Miller of SFR did a great story on Jared’s work last year, for his Adobe Rose Theater show You Can’t Have Your Horse In Here. Here’s an excerpt:

Like those candy-colored memories from childhood, Jared Weiss’ paintings can’t really be trusted to tell you the whole story, or to relay the details that could cue an accurate interpretation of what happened. But the effect of that obfuscation—of dark canvases in which the faces are lost in shadow or blurred into the background, of gestures only half finished and unclear in their direction, of the strange juxtapositions and those random objects that do come oddly and sharply into focus—is to render visible some pieces of what was, but what has been largely buried by what might also have been.

Come meet Jared and see He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday tonight from 5-7 pm. He will appear at an artist talk on Saturday, July 22 from 2-3 pm.

Opening | Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday

Jared Weiss has forgotten much of his subject matter. Or rather, the scenes that he paints are often buried somewhere deep in his unconscious. Reviving suppressed memories can be a dangerous game, but the Santa Fe artist has some heavy hitters on his side: Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek. Weiss draws inspiration from the famous line of psychoanalysts in his new solo exhibition at form & concept, He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday. Opening Friday, June 30, the show conjures a strange sense of déjà vu. Weiss’s figurative images—which resemble warped photographs from a massive theater production—are sure to lodge in the back of your mind.

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ArtBeat Santa Fe: Jared Weiss & Rebecca Rutstein

This weekend, form & concept debuts two new painting exhibitions, Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday. Weiss is a Santa Fe artist who draws from Freudian theory and his own memory to create compositions infused with a sense of déjà vu. Rutstein, who lives in Philadelphia, explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by scientific data.

Kathryn Davis of ArtBeat Santa Fe will interview both artists on Facebook Live on Thursday, June 29. Tune in at 12:00 pm for her chat with Jared Weiss, and at 7:30 pm for her interview with Rebecca Rutstein. To watch, make sure to like ArtBeat Santa Fe on Facebook and visit their page at the allotted times.

Both exhibitions open on Friday, June 30 from 5-7 pm.

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Preview | Jared Weiss: He’s Either Or It Was His Birthday

Jared Weiss has forgotten much of his subject matter. Or rather, the scenes that he paints are often buried somewhere deep in his unconscious. Reviving suppressed memories can be a dangerous game, but the Santa Fe artist has some heavy hitters on his side: Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek.

Weiss draws inspiration from the famous line of psychoanalysts in his new solo exhibition at form & concept, He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday. Opening Friday, June 30, the show conjures a strange sense of déjà vu. Weiss’s figurative images—which resemble warped photographs from a massive theater production—are sure to lodge in the back of your mind. The exhibition opens Friday, June 30, 5-7 pm and runs through August 12, 2017. Read our interview with Weiss below, and make sure to RSVP for the reception.

Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

You lived in Santa Fe previously, and then you left for a few years. What were you up to before returning in 2015? 

I was living in San Francisco for 2 years, and going to grad school. It’s kind of scary, just how forward-thinking the tech industry is, and how with that comes not really caring about anything old. Painting being one of those things.

Young tech people aren’t collecting paintings, they’re collecting yachts.

That’s totally true. I really felt unsupported, unfulfilled. I mean, school was great in a lot of ways. The community in San Francisco is just such a weird, alien place. I had to get the hell out.

How did graduate school affect your art?

It was a great experience. It was an awful experience. The biggest thing that I came away with was that I wasn’t making the work that I’d wanted to make for a very long time. I just didn’t know how. They just squeeze you and put you in corners all the time, and you have to make fight-or-flight decisions.

Really, I was afraid for the longest time. I didn’t think that my life would be interesting. Before, I was painting from photographs of people I never knew, and would never know. I found that very interesting because it’s something you can never get to, so you’re projecting.

I just slowly came to the realization that, in fact, I can paint my life. It will be interesting.

Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

How did you feel coming back? Do you think it’s changed here?

Definitely. There are a lot more young people here. There’s a lot more art events happening. 

Tell us about where you grew up. 

I’m from the Midwest. I’m also kinda done with the Midwest. Terrified of the Midwest.

And yet you return to it quite often in your work.

Yeah, it’s kind of a study on the terrifying nature of it. Very subtle.

Are you still figuring out what’s going to be in the show?

I have a pretty definite idea. The work has gotten very indebted to psychoanalysis, particularly the work of Freud, Lacan, and Žižek.

The key thread through all of it is this idea of a screen memory, which appears in an old Freudian essay. He talks about any kind of experience that threatens to overwhelm the psyche, particularly trauma or a new experience that’s too overwhelming to integrate. You can repress that as a defense mechanism, but it’s still there, buried somewhere in your psyche. In order to integrate it, you collage other memories on top of it that are similar.

Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

A real memory is replaced by something brighter and shinier. 

Yes, you have this kind of veneer on top that’s a fiction. It’s not a true experience, but it becomes more real somehow. In my work, the surface of the painting becomes this screen.

Are you using your own memories as subject matter?

Yes. For example, I grew up on this lumber yard, and I go back to this space. I’m using it as kind of a stage where I can cast people I know now as characters.

I like this idea of people seeing a painting and feeling like they’ve seen it before, but they really haven’t.

What inspires the titles of your paintings? 

Mainly, I pick titles to confuse the experience. They’re like red herrings in a way. They point away from this thing, in a way that makes it palatable and safe. It gives things a semblance of friendliness.

Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

The people in your paintings often look familiar, but their features are just fuzzy enough that they also seem like strangers.  

That’s definitely intended. I want it to be obstructed to the point where you feel like there’s a similarity. There’s an entry point through yourself where you can project the people you know onto the figures. The Anywhere, America quality of the space and the potential knowability of the people is very intentional.

How do you choose your palette? 

In Freud’s essay about screen memories, he talks about this memory he has. All he can remember is these incredibly yellow sunflowers. He tries to dig into all these associations with people that he knew and decisions that he made in his life, which are hidden underneath the memory of the sunflower.

The yellow of a sunflower, this hallucinatory, really amped-up yellow, is kind of what inspired the palette. You exaggerate in order to be able to remember things. 

Are your paintings entirely rooted in the past?

As much as I speak about memory, the work is very much about reconstructing my life now. Pointing to this place that I’m from, but making it so it’s never in the past. It’s always this “now” moment. Painting has so many similarities with life. Good painting is always alive.

Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Join us for the opening reception of Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday on Friday, June 30, 5-7 pm. The show opens concurrently with another painting exhibition, Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines. Click here to read our blog preview of Rutstein’s show.

Artwork:

1. Jared Weiss, I Was Saying It Outright,  oil on canvas, 74 x 54 in.
2. Jared Weiss, Bad Maps, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in.
3. Jared Weiss, In That Case, I Had a Wonderful Time, oil on canvas, 12 x 16 in.
4. Jared Weiss, This Is Only a Little of It, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
5. Jared Weiss, Islands Are Not Forever, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.