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Joe Rudko deconstructs and reassembles personal and found photographs with the fine-tuned precision of a historian. Grids of similar hues, alternating bands of contrasting color, and unrecognizable snippets of objects cohere into new unified forms. Rudko’s collages rely on complex patterns of repetition and unexpected symmetries to achieve an overarching, inexplicable sense of calm.
“Cutting a photograph into fragments disassociates the image from its context, rendering it more material than image. These materials are arranged by color within a structural grid, with influences as diverse as ancient Mesopotamian mosaics, color field painting, and modern digital pixels. In this framework, I am curious to explore how the collective materials of the past can reframe our understanding of the present.” — Joe Rudko
Joe Rudko lives and works in Seattle. He received his BFA in Photography and Drawing from Western Washington University in 2013. His work is in the permanent collection of The Getty Museum, Portland Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and most recently in the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.