The Secret Social Life of Painting is an exhibition of site specific works by Judy Rushin. These works hang on and lean against the walls and stand freely in open spaces, creating an experiential environment that Rushin sees as an expansion on themes developed in the 1960s by artists like Blinky Palermo, Imi Knoebel and Helio Oiticica. Like her forerunners, Rushin allows her creative process to be intuitive and her post-creation analyses to be equally fluid. Essentially though, she reduces the elements of discourse to their most basic components to establish a space for larger and more mysterious concepts to emerge. Hanging limp or connected to one another, the paintings look for new ways to be paintings…and that’s it. No neon signs, no climaxes, no imagery, no limelight. The work exists quietly, proceeds at a slow pace, and waits patiently for your attention.
Judy Rushin is an artist and educator who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Kiang, Atlanta; Co-Lab Projects, Austin; N-Space, Austin; (e)merge Art Fair, Washington DC; Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas; University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee; Soho20 Gallery, New York; Athens Institute For Contemporary Art, Athens, Georgia; Aqua Art Fair, Miami; The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; Prospect 1, New Orleans; Ruby Green, Nashville; Work, Ann Arbor; Florida Musuem of Women Artists, Deland, FL; and Gallery Meepyung, Seoul, Korea. She has been featured three times in New American Paintings. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University.
This exhibition is part of the OMA’s new program, New Work: A Series of Bi-Monthly Exhibitions of Contemporary Art. This ongoing bi-monthly exhibition series features new work by contemporary artists from Florida and around the country, emphasizing work that explores new media, installations and collaborative projects.