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Previous Exhibits

October 9–November 14, 2010
Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand

Frizzie Art
Rusty Scruby
Playing in the Sand

Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand features three-dimensional photographic reconstructions by this Dallas-based artist. A color catalogue of the exhibition has been produced by the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, and will be available for purchase.

The works in Playing in the Sand are inspired by the artist’s childhood experiences of living on Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, where he developed his affection for the beach and ocean. Three of the works are composed of multiple shapes (globes, zeppelins and torpedoes) suspended from the ceiling with monofilament. Each piece is a meticulous reconstruction of a flat, two-dimensional photograph, cut into strips and reconstructed as a three-dimensional sculpture. Scruby places the objects in precise relationship to each other so that the subject of each is revealed as the viewer interacts with the components from different points of view.

Rusty Scruby
On the Beach (2006)
Photographic reconstruction
50 x 50 x 6 inches
Courtesy the artist, Dallas;
Cris Worley Fine Art, Dallas;
and McMurtrey Gallery, Houston

Other works in the exhibition form a dialogue with the free-floating forms in relation to subject matter, but are instead, wall-dependant. In On the Beach (2006), hills and valleys are formed as the artist weaves varying width strips of a photographic image that becomes distorted as if viewed in a fun house mirror. In Cello (2007) and Shade II (2010), Scruby again weaves the image together, this time creating a distinctively shaped background pattern recalling an M.C. Escher composition. Achieving this repetitive precision, the artist notes, is the result of “using ideas I’ve gathered over the years studying music composition, engineering and knitting, [to] create what I call ‘visual frequencies.’ I work with ideas of tension and relaxation by controlling the amount of repetition in the image as it travels across the undulating surface.”

Rusty Scruby
Beach Couple, 2008
Photographic reconstruction
monofilament and styrene
74 x 50 x 48 inches
Courtesy the artist,
Dallas; Cris Worley
Fine Art, Dallas; and
McMurtrey Gallery, Houston

Scruby was born in Oregon City, Oregon in 1964. He studied aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station from 1984–87, and music composition at the University of North Texas in Denton from 1988–90. The artist currently lives and works in Dallas. Playing in the Sand has been recently exhibited at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont (2010), and McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas (2009). Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at PanAmerican Projects, Miami; Parks Avenue Armory, New York; Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI; and Sandy Carson Gallery, Denver, among others. Rusty Scruby, Beyond the Plane: A Portrait of the Artist in Motion, a documentary film by Quin Mathews, premiered at the Dallas Museum of Art in September 2006.