My recent work is a new series of single and multi-layered graphite drawings on Duralar, each measuring approximately 10” x 12”. This work is based on images I’ve captured digitally from early silent movies or vintage black and white films, such as official propaganda films of atomic bomb tests. Each layer is precisely 1/24th of a second of the original film.
I’m attracted to “hinge moments”, that instant when there is a spark of violence that will change everything afterwards, or a natural disaster that likewise changes everything in literally a split second. Some of these moments are physical struggles between people that change the plot of a film meant purely for entertainment. Others record actual moments of violence and power that have changed history.
Choosing these images from the past and pulling the figures out of their environment isolates them from a particular narrative and focuses on the violence that is happening or will happen soon. For us, it has already happened as an historical moment, but it continues to reverberate.
Artist Bio / CV
Kay Ruane lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from University of Illinois, Campaign-Urbana, in 1979, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Indiana State University.
She has exhibited her drawings in venues including solo exhibits at Miller Block Gallery, Boston (2011, 2006, 2004, 2001), Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco (2005), Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago (2000, 1997), MC Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (1991), and Gallery K, Washington, D.C. (1990)
Group Exhibitions include DeCordova Museum: The Sentimental Image, Lincoln, MA (2004), Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco & New York: The Ninth Annual Realism Invitational, (2007), Fine Arts Work Center Fellows: Copley Society of Art, Boston (2007), Miller Block Gallery: Unlikely Portraits (2003), Ohio State University, Mansfield: The Human Figure/Contemporary Realism (1998), Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA: American Drawing Biennial 6; Carnegie Museum: AAP 68th Annual Exhibition, Pittsburgh (1998) College of DuPage, William E. Galberg Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL: Body/Trouble (1998) Artists of the Midwest, Northern Michigan University Art Museum, Marquette, MI; Indiana University Gallery, Gary: New Romantic Landscapes
Kay Ruane was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts/ Arts Midwest Fellowship Award in 1998. Other honors and awards include: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency (2005), Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center/Copley Society 2002 Residency Fellowship; Ragdale Foundation Residency (2002); Minnesota State Arts Board, Career Opportunity Grant and a Ragdale Foundation Residency in 2000, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant in 2002, and an MCAD/McKnight Foundation Fellowship in 1998.
Public collections of Kay’s work include: DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Garden, Lincoln, MA; 21C Museum, Louisville, KY; Arkansas Art Center; Fidelity Investments, Boston; Sequel Development, St. Louis, MO; Cargill, Incorporated, Minnetonka, MN; AT&T, Minneapolis, MN; Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis, MN; Dain Rausher, Inc., Minneapolis; Travelers Express, St. Louis Park, MN; St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN