Coleman-Burke Gallery is pleased to announce Tondo, the 4th New York solo show by Brooklyn-based artist A.A. Rucci. The exhibition opens Tuesday, October 25th and runs through Saturday, November 26th. “Rucci is a composer of glimpses and a choreographer of encounters” (Nicola Ingallinera), and Tondo is the first survey dedicated to the artist’s more than two-decade affair with circular paintings.
Within and out a cosmic expansion of sequential commotions and relays is how Rucci orients himself to work and life. Beyond any didactic impulse or consumer imperative, his paintings interpret repetition and surface to create an “open-source choreography” of encounter, orientation and motion. They blend various modes of abstration, figuration, graffiti, and graphic illustration into a whirling cycle of personal narrative.
A.A. Rucci was born in Oberammergau, Germany and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His extensive exhibition history includes solo shows at Mixed Greens, New York (2005, 2007, 2009); Ambrosino Gallery, Miami (2003, 2004, 2007); AR Contemporary, Milan (2005, 2007) and Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston (2006). Group exhibition venues include Galerie 5020, Salzburg; Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz; Florida Atlantic University Ritter Art Gallery, Boca Raton, FL; OK Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo; and White Box, New York City. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Galeria Fidel Balaguer, Barcelona (January – March 2012).
Coinciding with the closing week of the exhibition is the book release A.A. Rucci: Tondo. Published by Czernin Verlag, Vienna and edited by Kimberlee Cole, with an essay by Gean Moreno and artist’s conversation with Rob Carter. The book release will be celebrated with a signing at Coleman Burke Gallery on Tuesday, November 22, 5-7pm.