Ruth Pastine

Art Scene Magazine Review: Ruth Pastine "Counterpoint"

January 31, 2019 - Roberta Carasso

"Ruth Pastine’s latest series, 'Counterpoint,' is a luscious group of pastel on paper pieces. Like its musical name, “Counterpoint” is a unique relationship between different voices, independent and separate. But when each voice shares the same ground, unexpected possibilities emerge."

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Ruth Pastine & Chris Trueman in Paintings from the Interior at Culver Center of the Arts January 19th - April 14th

January 7, 2019

Paintings from the Interior is a survey exhibition of painting in and about the inland region of southern California. With a specific geographic boundary east of Kellogg Hill in Los Angeles County to the low and high deserts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties, the exhibit focuses on both the literal landscape and the conceptual imagery of place. The exhibition is curated by Andi Campognone.

Artists featured in this exhibit are Dawn Arrowsmith, Quinton Bemiller, Diane Best, Jorin Bossen, Justin Bower, Gary Brewer, Kimberly Brooks, Terry Chacon, Gerald Clarke, Hollis Cooper, Cosme Cordova, Alex Couwenberg, Chick Curtis, Joshua Dildine, Steven Hampton, Salomon Huerta, Brian Johnson, Gary Lang, Stevie Love, Aline Mare, Kevin Stewart Magee, Donna Morin, Ruth Pastine, Thomas Pathe, Andrea Patrie, Roland Reiss, David C. Rosales, Bradford J. Salamon, Jeff Soto, Sharon Suhovy, Juan Thorp, Chris Trueman, and Mark Dean Veca.

LA Weekly: Los Angeles Galleries Steal the Show at Expo Chicago 2018

October 2, 2018 - Shana Nys Dambrot

This past weekend saw the seventh edition of Expo Chicago return to the iconic, picturesque lakefront festival hall Navy Pier. The event offered the finest stock of modern and contemporary art from 135 galleries representing 63 cities in 27 countries, including the United States, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay and Zimbabwe — but our entirely biased view is that the extensive L.A. gallery contingent won the day.

Art and Cake on Ruth Pastine at Porch Gallery

April 19, 2018 - Shana Nys Dambrot

"And although the paintings are not actually electric or kinetic, in seeing them one has the distinct sensation of colors breathing, deepening, shifting, and vibrating, changing even as you look right at them, emanating activated auras. You catch yourself in the act of seeing, and the quality of your attention in some ways provides a narrative dimension to the work’s content."

Video Interview: Ampersand LA

October 9, 2015 - Donna Granata

Ruth Pastine: The Inevitability of Truth at Edward Cella Art & Architecture
September 12 - October 17, 2015

"Ruth Pastine’s newest body of work is bold and courageous. The large scale, luminous paintings, engage the viewer in a relationship of perception.  The spatial interplay enhances the meticulously painted, color-saturated canvases; enticing the viewer in a dynamic visual experience."

Review: Los Angeles Times

September 29, 2015 - David Pagel

Ruth Pastine: The Inevitability of Truth at Edward Cella Art & Architecture
September 12 - October 17, 2015

"Pastine’s six oils on canvas in the main gallery of Edward Cella Art & Architecture make the world safe for truth, providing so many slippery pleasures, mesmerizing delights and stimulating ambiguities that you can’t help but wonder why truth got a bad name in the first place." 

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Feature: Artsy

September 29, 2015 - Rachel Will

Ruth Pastine: The Inevitability of Truth at Edward Cella Art & Architecture
September 12 - October 17, 2015

"Not easily captured through photographs, Pastine’s paintings have a transcendental quality when viewed in person. Her carefully chosen palette becomes energized, each hue reverberating in tandem to create an evolving and unexpected result. Indeed, Pastine insists that her process 'transforms the materiality of the hand-painted surface into an optically immaterial experience.' It is in this way that her works transcend their canvases and invite discussion of the philosophical and the sublime." 

Feature: Introspective Magazine

September 21, 2015 - Sarah P. Hanson

Ruth Pastine: The Inevitability of Truth at Edward Cella Art + Architecture
September 12 - October 17, 2015 

"To gaze at one of Pastine’s works is to enter a force field created on the surface of the canvas. If the colors are hot, the space between your eye and the painting might seem to shimmer, as if in the desert. If the colors are cool, you might find yourself leaning forward slightly, a subconscious attempt to peer into their fathoms."

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Review: Visual Art Source

March 27, 2015 - Roberta Carasso

Ruth Pastine: Present Tense at the Carnegie Art Museum, March 15 - May 24, 2015.

"The artist in effect pulls hidden ideas out of a void, engages in receiving and responding, takes risks in developing something fresh, sustains the excitement of discovery, and at the end of her rigorous process presents us with the newly-born color possibilities she has unearthed."

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Review: HuffPost Arts & Culture

January 9, 2015 - Peter Frank

Ruth Pastine Mind’s Eye/Sense Certainty Series at Brian Gross Fine Art, September 6 - October 25, 2014.

"Ruth Pastine paints as purely optical a kind of painting as it is possible to paint. Her work comprises nothing but color and its presentation..."

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Review: San Francisco Examiner

September 20, 2014 - Greg Flood

Ruth Pastine Mind’s Eye/Sense Certainty Series at Brian Gross Fine Art, September 6 - October 25, 2014.

"Of equal importance in this work is the power they exert over us. These aren’t dumb paintings sitting on the wall waiting to be watched. They come and get us from across the length of the gallery. "

Review: Square Cylinder

September 10, 2014 - David M. Roth

Ruth Pastine Mind’s Eye/Sense Certainty Series at Brian Gross Fine Art, September 6 - October 25, 2014.

"The liminal effects she conjures are akin to those we see when looking at the ocean, where shifting atmospheric conditions confound our perception of color.  Pastine turns this aspect of human vision into something numinous and makes it her subject. ...To those who reject beauty out of hand and question the purity of intent that drives such efforts, Pastine offers a potent rebuke: an experience that is palpably real. "

Review: Art Ltd

November 1, 2013 - Amy Galpin

Ruth Pastine Interplay at Scott White Contemporary Art, September 14 - November 2, 2013.

"Although there is a precision to their creation and presentation, the strong bulges of light exuding from the depiction of the geometric shapes in Pastine’s canvases rouse a dynamic process of optical perception and in so doing, awaken the viewer’s consciousness."

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Review: Art Scene Magazine

October 1, 2012 - Roberta Carasso

Ruth Pastine Counterpoint at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, September 8 - October 27, 2012.

"Her contrapuntal drawings are deceptively simple as complex rhythms, layers, and contours awaken the senses to experience the emergence of fresh spatial relationships. Going beyond her previous series, these works on paper reveal the “edge” rather than the seamless."

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Artist Profile: Art Ltd

January 1, 2010 - Roberta Carasso

"Working with perceptual installations of multiple systems, Pastine charts a new direction, and thus expands the territory of metaphysical painting. Her installations are nothing less than sacred: a contemporary altar that disarms us. Immersed in a pure painting experience, we realize that without traditional imagery and theme, we are in the presence of the holiness of art."

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Essay by Donald Kuspit

September 18, 2009 - Donald Kupsit

Ruth Pastine's Painting

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