Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce its first exhibition of work by photographer Joe Rudko. "Tiny Mirrors" will be exhibited October 23 through December 21. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. PDT.
Photomontage would be the best technical description of Joe Rudko’s use of fragments of vintage photographs, but the effect he creates is so much more nuanced than splicing old images into new meanings.
From far away the work looks like an obscured, pixelated photograph. When moving closer, it becomes quickly apparent, that there is nothing remotely digital about these images.
Rudko works with found photographs that pre-date the digital era. Cutting these images into fragments, he then rearranges them systematically. The resulting montage entices the viewer to assemble the seemingly disparate visual fragments for themselves. It is as if Rudko is using them as tiny mirrors that reflect back on the viewer’s personal experience, linking past and present.
One of the most valuable gifts I received from Western was a set of peers who cared passionately about going out into the world and becoming artists. Several of us keep in touch years after graduating and continue to support each other, sometimes from opposite sides of the globe. - Joe Rudko
Joe Rudko lives and works in Seattle. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Drawing from the Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA in 2013. His work is in the permanent collection of the Portland Museum of Art.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at email@example.com.