Join featured artist Ellen Rutt for a special preview dinner of her upcoming solo exhibition, This Must Be The Place during Detroit Art Week 2019. Guests will have first access to view the exhibition prior to the public opening reception on Saturday, July 20th.
Magnet, a (yet-to-open) restaurant located in Core City will present a local and sustainably-sourced plant-centric menu with strong DIY ethos. Chef Brad Greenhill describes the cuisine "as elemental, a characteristic the food shares with its fuel source."
Libations will be provided by Glyph Whiskey, the world's first molecular whiskey. Made with science, without aging or barreling, it uses a fraction of typical resources using less water, wood and land in order to produce.
Ellen Rutt's debut solo exhibition, This Must Be The Place, calls attention to the interconnectivity of earth’s complex systems through a new series of “place paintings,” made by tracing elements and textures from the physical environment and allowing often overlooked aspects of architecture and landscape to dictate the composition.
Through the physicality of this process-driven approach, making work outside in public spaces, this project is intimately interwoven with the urgency for climate action. Foregrounding the urgency of climate change action, Ellen Rutt examines the politics of aestheticized landscapes that perpetuate the nature-culture divide, and confronts her own hypocrisy in order to more fully envision a future centered in social justice not just green capitalism.
Ellen Rutt makes bold mixed-media paintings, murals, installations and wearables. Her abstract vocabulary of layered shapes and primary colors is applied to a variety of media to facilitate a conversation between materials and movement, places and process. As a multidisciplinary artist, her distinct style is recognized internationally through public murals and her studio work; however these facets of her artistic practice have remained separate.
Rutt has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Michigan School of Art & Design. She has exhibited work at MOCAD, PLAYGROUND DETROIT, Red Bull Arts Detroit, Heron Arts. and painted murals in Detroit, New York, Chicago, Canada and France.