An eclectic artist with a creative vision that goes beyond a typical painter’s singular definition of genre, Steven Rhude shares his view of the world in You Never Know, and shows how objects that appear common, even random at a surface level—a beaver on a road, a pool table, lighthouses, a goose, and buoys—are in fact more than they seem, bound together by his imagination and quintessential style.
“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and [ordinariness, everydayness]. (One is unable to notice something —because it is always before one’s eyes.)” [§129] Wittgenstein, Investigations.
I’m not at all loyal to one form of genre painting. Some artists define themselves as Landscape painters, Still-life painters, Seascape painters… to be labeled in that way doesn’t work for me. A landscape painter may not consider making a painting of a pool table, and a seascape painter may not wish to paint a nude. It’s common to be interested in a person, place, or thing. Yet, if I study an object long enough, I can see a landscape in a person’s body, or the figurative in a wooden fishing buoy. The ordinary object should start as something alien to us and slowly creeps into our psyche. Then, after a while, what’s important is the spirit of the object. What’s in front of our eyes is not enough. One needs to go further. That’s the “you never know” moment.
– Steven Rhude, 2019
These exhibitions are on display until Sunday, October 27, 2019. Visit often and view them online at any time!
Gallery 78, 796 Queen St. (corner of Church and Queen), Fredericton
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