Sunday, January 15, 2017

#MMBBR #Showcase Clear Seeing Place: Studio Visits by @brianrutenberg

Blurb: From the salt marshes and moss-draped live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the New York art world, Clear Seeing Place takes the reader behind the studio door to explore the making of a painter in intimate detail. Brimming with the joy of process and a love of art history, Brian Rutenberg reveals the places, people, and experiences that led to the paintings for which he is well known today. This book is packed with ideas, observations, techniques, and career advice all thoughtfully arranged into six sections designed to inspire artists of all levels, as well as anyone interested in creativity. 

Clear Seeing Place is a companion to the artist's popular YouTube series "Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits" and is a love letter to painting written by a painter. 

Brian RutenbergBio: Widely considered to be one of the finest American painters of his generation, Brian Rutenberg has spent forty years honing a distinctive method of compressing the rich color and form of his native coastal South Carolina into complex landscape paintings that imbue material reality with a deep sense of place. He is a Fulbright Scholar, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Basil Alkazzi USA Award recipient, an Irish Museum of Modern Art residency programme participant, and he has had over two hundred exhibitions throughout North America and in Europe. Rutenberg's paintings are in private collections all over the world and are included in such museum collections as the Butler Institute of American Art, Yale University Art Gallery, the Bronx Museum of Arts, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, Greenville County Museum of Art, and many others. His popular YouTube series "Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits" is viewed daily by people all over the world. He lives and works in New York with his wife Kathryn, and their two children. 

Q.  What inspires your writing?

A.   I believe that the purpose of art, all art, is to create an excuse for us to stare at one another. By glimpsing into someone else’s heart, we gain a greater purchase on our own. Writing is an act of empathy, a prayer, and a love song. A well-crafted sentence is a shared experience because it begins in the writer’s imagination and finishes in the readers. A good book hums with the four most comforting words in the English language: You Are Not Alone.

Q.  What is your favorite thing about being a writer?

A.  The limitations of language.

Q.  What is the toughest part of being a writer?

A.  The limitations of language.

Q.  If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?

A.  A magician.

Q.  What would the story of your life be entitled?

A.  See-Saw

Q.  What is your favorite book of all time?

A.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Q.  Which character from ANY book are you most like?

A. The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Q.  What character from all of your book are you most like?

A.  Me. My book is a memoir, and a love letter to painting.

Q.  Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?

A. The Three-Cornered World by Natsume Soseki.

Q.  What is your favorite season?

A.   Autumn

Q.  What inspired your book cover?

A.   My cover is one of my paintings.

Q.  Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.

A.  A woman kept calling me “Bruce” at a reading/signing. I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, so I became Bruce. I was raised a Southern gentleman. We are polite to a fault.

Q.  Are you working on something new?

A.   I am writing a follow-up to Clear Seeing Place.

Q.  Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?

A.  Support the dreamers among us by buying their work and telling others about them. Thank them for devoting their precious time on earth to teaching us how to see and think slowly, for it is in slowness that we see beauty.

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