January and February 2022
Un/Discarded: Re/Form, Re/Function is a mixed media body of work that examines the definition and usage of what is commonly considered junk. The individual pieces included in the body of work all present a strong emphasis on found/reclaimed/junk objects presented in a new context. Fragments of old furniture and building materials, rusted pieces of metal, and various other discarded items are prominent, highlighting a unique, well-worn sense of beauty. These crude, rough objects are blended with and enclosed within a mash-up of cheap, highly decorative baroque-influenced picture frames. The resulting pieces embrace contradiction, functioning as both an homage to, as well as a caricature of a tired centuries-old style still viewed as ‘classy’.
Un/Discarded: Re/Form, Re/Function challenges the customary confines of shape and design associated with objects hinted at by the works. Stereotypical rectangles, squares, etc. are deconstructed, then re-formed, producing a twisted or ‘off-kilter’ approach, almost as if they were taken from a Dr. Seuss book.
About the Artist
Gerry Ruecker is a self-taught artist, photographer, and educator based in Regina, who has for the past thirty years been working primarily in mixed media sculpture and sculpture/furniture. His primary creative influences include in order of importance, the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, the Italian Design group Memphis, and American Sculptor Nick Cave.
Not in the Touring Exhibit